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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Introduction to "Pulling Strings"
    Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings Introduction Gustave Baumann 1881 1971 and his family emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1891 At the age of sixteen Baumann apprenticed in a commercial printmaking shop in Chicago to learn the trade Eager to know more about fine art he enrolled in 1905 in the Royal School of Arts and Crafts Munich Germany where he practiced and perfected his printmaking skills At this time he also produced a Bavarian village complete with hand carved toys representing the townsfolk In 1918 he moved to Santa Fe and worked in the basement of this museum on his woodcut prints After his marriage to the singer and actress Jane Henderson in 1925 and the arrival of their daughter Ann in 1927 Baumann and his family in 1931 began to create their marionette theater Intended in large part to entertain their daughter and friends the marionette theater became an important part of their creative lives Gus as he was called carved the marionettes created the stage props painted the backdrops and wrote many of the scripts in consultation with Jane For her part Jane helped clothe the figures and performed the marionettes with the assistance of friends Ann inspired her parents and became a lead character in many of the plays Performed in their living room the theatrical productions became immensely popular and often referred to local characters and events For years the Santa Fe community was invited to attend performances just before Christmas Eventually because of their popularity the marionette performances took place in St Francis Auditorium and other public venues The last public performance of the original marionettes occurred in 1959 After the death of Gus in 1971 Jane and Ann gifted the marionettes

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/intro.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - The Birthday of the Infanta
    Quinceañera Our Story Our Future Governor s Gallery Upcoming Exhibitions Assumed Identities Photographs by Anne Noggle Self Regard Artist Self Portraits from the Collection Finding a Contemporary Voice the Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA Con Cariño Artists Inspired by Lowriders Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings The Birthday of the Infnata Visually based on Diego Velázquez s famous painting Las Meninas 1656 this stage presents the Infanta or Princess of Spain center foreground and her three attendants They are about to welcome local children to the palace for the celebration of the Infanta s twelfth birthday The guests will be entertained by a dancing dwarf left gypsy snake charmers and performing animals The Infanta will be much amused but in her gaiety she will break the heart of the dwarf who mistakenly believes that she cares for him At the end of the play she declares that she never wants to play with anyone who has a heart The story closely follows Oscar Wilde s fable The Birthday of the Infanta 1891 This tale makes a biting commentary on the behavior of the rich and privileged with regard to the poor Ann remembers crying during the play because of the cruelty of the Infanta Gus s scripts often juxtapose the darkness of the world with enlightened behavior to remind viewers of the

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/infanta.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Christmas on Giumbo Island
    Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings Christmas on Giumbo Islan This Christmas story is set in the South Seas on the imaginary Giumbo Island Two children living on the island fear that Santa Claus will not be visiting them In reality Santa Claus and many of the children s friends are all planning on visiting the island to celebrate the holiday This scene shows the arrival of the boat Mercy Me to the island Pelicans turtles and ducks also visiting the island welcome the latest arrivals Boo Boo the clown who pops out of the trunk center and his friend Miz Pipps center standing The mayor of the island the dragon hovers over the scene and welcomes everyone A dancing banana tree wiggles with

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/giumbo.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - A Folk Legend of San Isidro
    Regard Artist Self Portraits from the Collection Finding a Contemporary Voice the Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA Con Cariño Artists Inspired by Lowriders Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings A Folk Legend of San Isidro Several scripts exist for the story of San Isidro Jane and Gus made slight variations in this story over time as indicated by the handwritten notions San Isidro left is a determined farmer who attempts to work his fields on a Sunday An angel visits him center and tells the farmer that God does not want him to work on Sunday San Isidro s wife Rita right begs him to listen to the angel and come with her to church After further protests and warnings San Isidro

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/san-isidro.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - The Golden Dragon Mine
    Self Portraits from the Collection Finding a Contemporary Voice the Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA Con Cariño Artists Inspired by Lowriders Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings The Golden Dragon Mine Written and performed like an Old West melodrama The Golden Dragon Mine begins with the villain Lord Leffinghoop right trying to prey on the vulnerable Nambe Nell center right Nell s two would be protectors Hardpan left and Temperance far left attempt throughout the play to save her from the clutches of Leffinghoop Also Nell s boyfriend Pecos Bill does his best to keep her from the villain so that she can become his bride The dragon flying above the scene announces that he too has used his power to help

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/dragon-mine.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Indian Dances
    Lowriders Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings Indian Dances Some of the most spectacular marionettes are of Native Americans The Baumanns had a deep appreciate for Native culture and attended many dances and ceremonies during their time in New Mexico Gus and Jane actually met at the Christmas celebrations at San Felipe Pueblo in 1923 No script survives of this performance but because of the backdrops marionettes and photographs that do survive Gus undoubtedly wrote one An eagle dancer is on the right a koshare in the center and a drummer on the left On the far left is a tourist inappropriately attempting to take photographs Gus painted all of the backgrounds and side panels using a water based paint referred to as gouache

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/indian-dances.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Saint Francis
    Cariño Artists Inspired by Lowriders Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings Saint Francis From existing photographs it can be determined that Baumann intended this backdrop to portray the vision of St Francis of Assisi Standing in the center St Francis has a vision of Christ on a cross This vision encouraged the saint to continue his vows of poverty and his preaching of the gospel St Francis was also noted for his sermons to the animals The donkey in this scene kneels in respect to the saint who especially enjoyed preaching to the birds so that they would know God s grace Gus had a deep respect for the Catholic faith In 1935 he undertook the restoration the seventeenth century statue of the Virgin

    Original URL path: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/site/exhibitions/virtual-gallery/e-pullingstrings/stfrancis.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Tia Sucia
    Art Quinceañera Our Story Our Future Governor s Gallery Upcoming Exhibitions Assumed Identities Photographs by Anne Noggle Self Regard Artist Self Portraits from the Collection Finding a Contemporary Voice the Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA Con Cariño Artists Inspired by Lowriders Online Exhibitions Focus on Photography Alcove 12 0 The Museum s Collection How the West is One Art on the Edge 2013 Art on the Edge 2010 Alternative Spaces 100 Years of the MNM Pulling Strings Art on the Edge 2008 The Show IDEA Photographic Looking Back Interactions Past Exhibitions Past Exhibitions 2002 to 2008 Past Exhibitions 2009 Past Exhibitions 2010 Past Exhibitions 2011 Past Exhibitions 2012 Past Exhibitions 2013 Past Exhibitions 2014 Past Exhibitions 2015 Share Exhibitions Online Exhibitions Pulling Strings Tia Sucia The play Tía Sucia tells of a woman who keeps a dirty house Two duendes brownies or sprites named Pete and Juan cause mischief in the house to compel Tía Sucia to clean Three duendes are shown one on top of the wardrobe one on the landing of the staircase and a third on the right Failing to understand why the duendes are being so destructive Tía Sucia center left visits the witch Doña Mala center wearing a red cloak and asks for help to rid her house of the pests Doña Mala has other plans however she casts a spell on Tía Sucia and attempts to steal her house Pete and Juan come to the rescue and get the spell removed Tía Sucia in turn agrees to clean her house The duendes reoccur in several of Gus s plays Because they are invisible to most of the characters but not to the audience they can act in fantastical and humorous ways Gus carved several of them each one different but all equally

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