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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Part One--Not Just a 'Walk in the Park': How Christy Hengst’s Porcelain Birds Do and Do Not 'Blend In'
    a beach it is likely they are seagulls Passersby who are in a rush or in no mood to commune with nature will not think twice about this group of birds Never mind that these particular creatures are not flitting around not scrambling for food and stranger still not taking off startled on whistling wings More attentive observers however might approach the birds and discover the reason for their odd stillness They are not real birds at all but rather porcelain figures Each is decorated with a variety of words and pictures Grounded birds carry custom built designs on their backs perched birds on their bellies Like a messenger each bird tells a story in its own way We are drawn to a curious display of jumbled images all in a Delft like cobalt blue Fragments of photos enliven content from snippets of handwritten and printed text Images pertain either to military conflict or to civilian life during war or peacetime War related newspaper articles photos of battles and memoirs of veterans compete for space on each bird alongside love letters recipes and images of children One of the sharpest of contrasts to be found is a likeness of the artist herself holding her own toddler juxtaposed with an image of an Iraqi mother and child caught in a bombing raid In the patio of the New Mexico Museum of Art 4 19 2009 Photo courtesy Christy Hengst These lovely yet unsettling creations of Christy Hengst were exhibited in her hometown of Santa Fe in the courtyard garden of the New Mexico Museum of Art NMMA as one of many bird landings in 2009 They were recently brought to my attention by NMMA s Librarian Archivist Webmaster Rebecca Potance when we were exploring subjects for my upcoming blog Like some

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - O'Keeffe in Process - 10/15/2015
    O Keeffe in Process 10 15 2015 In case you missed it the interview with Curator of Art Carmen Vendelin that aired on Saturday September 19 at 8 35am during KUNM s broadcast of NPR s Weekend Edition is available at http kunm org post whats behind distinctive art georgia okeeffe Vendelin curated the exhibition Okeeffe in Process part of Santa Fe s Fall of Modernism In the exhibition visitors get to see works owned by both the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O Keeffe Museum alongside each other and archival materials from the O Keeffe Research Center that further demonstrate the artist s creative process Georgia O Keeffe Dark and Lavender Leaves 1931 oil on canvas 20 3 8 x 17 1 8 x 7 8 in Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art Gift of the Georgia O Keeffe Estate 1993 1993 51 3 Photograph by Blair Clark New Mexico Museum of Art see all blog posts Exhibitions Current Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Visit Hours and Admission Events Locations Transportation Group Visits Tours Collections Searchable Art Museum Library Archives Learn Education Support Multimedia Blog Rent the space About History The Building

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - On the Road Again - 9/15/2015
    Open House will be held on Sunday December 20 at 1 00 p m WITH THE BAUMANN PUPPETS Can the Little People be in two places at once The answer is yes Here s how they do it Gustave Baumann was introduced to puppetry as a child in Germany where he was born When he first came to the United States Baumann lived in Chicago then Indiana then New Mexico where he lived a long and prosperous life Over his long career Baumann established himself as a master in America s woodcut revival Baumann s woodcuts prints paintings are considered masterpieces of fine art In 1931 Baumann crafted his first puppet right here in Santa Fe Originally Baumann and his wife Jane created the marionettes and the shows to amuse their daughter Ann Because they were so wildly popular the performances moved from the Baumann s living room to larger stages throughout the nation The marionettes final performance with the Baumann s pulling the strings took place in 1959 here the Museum of International Folk Art By then Papa Gus had crafted some sixty five marionettes The performances were missed In 1993 the marionette theater was revived as part of a Gustave Baumann retrospective at the Museum of Art That how Cristina Masoliver known in Taos as the Puppet Lady became involved Like Papa Gus Cristina originally from Spain came to love puppets as a child growing up in Europe It s my passion It s what I do I m a puppeteer Cristina said Once she moved to Taos Cristina formed Los Titiriteros a puppet company which made her the perfect puppeteer to assist with the revival of the Baumann marionettes I felt very honored to play with the originals It was so fun to have all of Baumann s original backdrops and furniture We had access to everything We were making full length shows It was a lot of work but it was excellent work Concerns surfaced as well It was decided that the original marionettes were too fragile So we were hired to make replicas Cristina said Christine and Taos woodcarver Muria Love began to replicate some of Papa Gus s Little People It was very hard to make the replicas Muria would carve them I did the dressing Matching the clothes was challenging and I did the stringing also challenging Cristina recalled But their hard work paid off After we finished Gustave Baumann s daughter Ann told us she couldn t tell which puppets were the originals and which ones were the replicas Cristina said With the original marionettes stored safely in the museum the replicas took the stage creating joy whenever they performed especially during the holidays Cristina moved on as well creating Paco and Lola and writing her own shows Indeed she is a Taos treasure one of those selfless individuals who share their artistic gifts to enhance others lives In addition to her work with Los Titiriteros Cristina worked with the ArcTisTics Theater

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Santa Fe: A Closer Look - 8/15/2015
    and history It s casual Visitors can leave at will Most don t because there s much to see and learn Here s a brief sample of what you ll experience The tour begins at the Gift Shop entrance to the Museum on the corner of Lincoln and Palace Avenues on the Plaza near the gold Spitz Clock As the tour departs visitors pass bronze plaques in the sidewalk in front of the MFA The Hollywood Walk features individual artists and writers who contributed to New Mexico history including the individual who wrote Ben Hur the novel not the movie And no it wasn t Charlton Heston SPOILER ALERT The novel was written by Lew Wallace a Union general and governor of the New Mexico Territory 1878 81 Published in 1880 Ben Hur remained at the top of the best seller list until 1936 when Margaret Mitchell s Gone With The Wind was published This particular nugget of information combines literature in other words art as well as history New Mexico remained a territory until 1912 While he was governor Wallace had to deal with corruption Apache uprisings and Billy The Kid Wallace convinced The Kid to snitch The Wallace anecdote is a prime example of how rich each nugget of data can be in Santa Fe On the tour your guide will explain New Mexico architecture using the Museum built in 1917 as an example of the Spanish Pueblo Revival Style Visitors will learn about vigas lintels canales latillas and parapets all elements of that style Along the way other architectural styles will be pointed out Inside the Santa Fe County Administration building visitors will see frescoes by Federico Vigil encompassing historical themes including conflicts among the diverse populations Native Spanish Mexican and finally American The contributions each group

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - A Day in the Life of an Intern - 8/1/2015
    city I walk to the Plaza sipping my now much cooler tea The Plaza is quiet and empty of tourists only the locals that work there moving around Head inside the museum and downstairs to see what s on the agenda for today A piece that had been on loan to another museum is being shipped back and should arrive today It comes in and my job is to carefully examine it to see if it has been damaged in any way during its adventure Slowly with a flashlight and magnifying glass I work the piece over No new damage What a relief Return the piece to its home in Collections and move on to the next project New sculptures that have been donated to the museum are examined by a volunteer while I build custom boxes to house them Each piece is different so each box is different too Only made of the highest quality archival cardboard and hot glue these boxes will protect the sculptures until they are on display Finally it s lunch Time to eat in the beautiful museum courtyard before wandering onto the Plaza to people watch I recognize the buskers that come every day but the tourists are always new My hour s up and I go back down beneath the museum One of the curators is working on the next exhibit so the pieces they ve selected must be located and brought up so they can be prepared for display The pieces are all found and examined for damage before being taken to our Preparator The exhibit will look great A call comes in A piece that has been at the conservation lab is ready to be picked up We head over and collect the artwork It looks good as new We take

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - 7/15/2015
    the sounds and sight of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Since its inaugural season in 1973 the Chamber Music Festival has been held in the museum s Saint Francis Auditorium The Festival invites scores of distinguished musicians along with emerging young talent during its 6 week season of the more than 80 concerts recitals master classes youth concerts and open rehearsals The New Mexico Museum of Art is proud to be one of two venues for this annual musical celebration The murals on display in the auditorium compliment the sweet sound of the music for Festival goers and visitors can sometimes hear musicians playing while viewing the artwork in the galleries The Festival s popular noon time concerts will be held here on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week and continuing until August 20th Since the noon concerts occur during regular museum hours concert goers can see more art in the galleries before or after the music stops The Chamber Music Festival s ticket office is to the left of the museum s main entrance in the lobby Tickets can also be purchased online see all blog posts Exhibitions Current Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Visit Hours

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Busted Myths and Conversations : The Art of Luis Jimenez - 7/1/2015
    dialogue has often been heated because Jimenez often busted what he considered myths In 1981 for example the dialogue surrounding a commission from the City of Houston became deafening The piece called Vaquero depicted a gun slinging Hispanic broncobuster Vaquero was rejected for a site near City Hall in downtown Houston and moved to a nearby park in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood Once there a Hispanic politician objected saying the sculpture incited violence Vaquero was waving a gun Jimenez s explanation I wanted to do a cowboy for Texas and it s a historical fact that the American cowboy was a Mexican invention A cast of Vaquero has been installed on the steps of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the nation s capital Yes this Vaquero is armed as well Texans aren t the only ones sensitive about points of view and American history A cow roping vaquero planned for the gallery district in Scottsdale Arizona never came to be because of lobbying efforts made by that cities traditional Western art galleries Closer to home a Jimenez piece entitled Southwest Pieta created an outcry in Albuquerque in 1983 Originally planned for Old Town its detractors claimed it was too Mexican In the Turner interview Jimenez said that the original New Mexico settlers who once called themselves Mexicans began to refer to themselves as Spanish for a reason After the Mexican revolution of 1910 mainly in the twenties you had a huge influx of poor Mexicans that immigrated north from Mexico Jimenez explained that in Southwest Pieta he wanted to call attention to that issue Spanish versus Mexican He argued that both groups shared a similar culture The divisive attitude harmed the entire Hispanic community in New Mexico The original Old Town location was nixed but Southwest Pieta was eventually installed in another neighborhood in central Albuquerque For Jimenez Border Crossing is personal His father entered the U S illegally at the age of nine Luis Senior became a naturalized citizen sixteen years later I had wanted to do a piece dealing with the issue of the illegal alien People talked about the aliens as if they landed from outer space as if they weren t really people I wanted to put a face on them I wanted to humanize them Jimenez s family came from Mexico He was born in El Paso He worked for his dad who owned an electric sign shop in El Paso s tough Segundo Barrio where Jimenez gained experience in spray painting welding bending neon and bright colors After hours Jimenez spray painted hot rods in his dad s shop He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied fine arts and architecture Afterward he headed to New York In an era of whispered minimalist abstraction Jimenez the son of an illegal immigrant and proud of his Mexican roots found representation for his neon colored figurative sculpture at a New York gallery After a couple of successful one man shows Jimenez quit

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Planes, Trains, & Automobiles - 6/15/2015
    Brothers developing the first prototypes airplanes automobiles and trains have quickly transformed in the last century and have made their way into our hearts fulfilling our need for speed and sleek designs Is it any wonder that they would be included in the world of art People love to travel After all what is the very first and crucial step in making a car or any other transportation mode We draw and paint it It is the only and foremost way to get the model visualized and put into a 3 D model for scale before it is manufactured and sold The exhibition Fire Season that is currently going on at the museum has a print by Greg Mac Gregor titled T res Lagunas Fire and it shows a perfect example of Santa Fe s longstanding tradition with the train Greg Mac Gregor Tres Lagunas Fire 2013 Pigment print Courtesy of the artist In this explosive black and white pigment print billowing smoke rises out behind a Santa Fe Rail Runner train taken in the summer of 2013 in Santa Fe and it is evocative of many emotions ranging from shock to awe and one can t help but be transfixed by the juxtaposition of the sleek shiny metal of the train and the soft pillowy plumes of smoke reaching into the sky It is a perfect contradiction of hard and soft elements the yin and the yang One side of the print is bathed in sunlight while the other side of the print has darkness closing in It also conveys a sense of calmness and no urgent need for people to be whisked away from the scene unfolding in the background with the impending smoke creeping closer the trains remain frozen in time One wonders where are the people

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