Visit the Albuquerque Museum to see the following exhibitions now on display.
Folding Screen with the Siege of Belgrade (front). Mexico, circa 1697–1701. Oil on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 90 1/2 x 108 5/8 in. (229.9 x 275.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.21
Feb. 16 - May 18, 2014
Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art.
Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers.
The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women's sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art.
Behind Closed Doors is organized by Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum.
In Albuquerque, the exhibition is made possible due to the generous support of REDW.
Amozoc Style Spur, First half of the 20th century. Courtesy of José Lugo Guerrero. Photograph courtesy of 33PHOTO and Arte en la Charrería.
Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
Dec. 21, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Comprising more than 150 examples of superlative artisan craftsmanship and design distinctive to the charro, Charrería features leather work, costumes, textiles, silver, and iron work that illustrate the life of these revered horsemen.
History is an intrinsic part of charrería artifacts and culture, as modern day artisans continue to employ the techniques passed down by their ancestors through the centuries.
It is slow, patient work, without the rush of mass production, where the artisan takes pleasure in making each object exceptional and handcrafted with the bearer in mind.
It is in these social processes that the tradition of civic spirit is consecrated, making the artisans an indelible and essential component of the charrería.
The spectacular objects in Arte en la Charrería, many dating from the late 1800s, come from prestigious collections throughout Mexico and have rarely been seen outside of the country. These objects are more than vestiges of a nation's folk customs; they are reminders of a rich culture and way of life that continues to this day.
From work attire to grand gala and etiquette suits, China poblano and Adelita dresses, the exhibition reveals the care and attention to detail that has helped make the charro the keeper of a tradition that dates to the birth of a nation more than 500 years ago.
Arte en la Charrería is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Marisú González and Gabriel Cabello.
Rein Whitt-Pritchette, “Odysseus: The Folks on Coffee Hill,” 1980, serigraph on paper (bon-a-tier), 22 1/8 x 34 ¼ in., Museum purchase, PC2002.69.5
African American Art from the Permanent Collection
November 9, 2013 – May 4, 2014
This small installation in the Works on Paper gallery features drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings by African American artists who live in New Mexico, or have been inspired by the region. The diverse assembly include rarely exhibited treasures from the collection such as prints by Albuquerque based Rhein Whit-Pritchett, a monumental drawing by Santa Fe based Ron Adams, and a memory painting by Albuquerque artist Reginald Gammon. The installation will also feature recent acquisitions including an image from the series “Blacks in the West” by Los Angeles based photographer Tony Gleaton.
Robert Christensen, "Louie's, Cleveland, New Mexico," 1977, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, gift of the artist
Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico: Photographs by Robert Christensen
Sept. 21, 2013 – March 16, 2014
In 52 stunning black and white photographs, Belen-based photographer Robert Christensen has documented in a spare compositional format, spontaneously designed buildings such as gas stations, garages, barns, bars, sheds, and shops.
The artist states, "While quite a few of these buildings still stand, as a genus they are fading away, along with the individualism and self-reliance that produced them. Some have been replaced by mundane new construction, some have been chicly remodeled at the expense of their original allure, and some have just vanished."
This installation includes recent prints of images created from 1974 through 2013 which were donated by the artist to the Albuquerque Museum.
Caballero (Cavalryman) and alabardero (footsoldier), c. 1598, Iron, steel, brass, leather, cotton, Photographer: Damian Andrus, PC1981.219.1.a-j, 1982.20.1.a&b, 1982.38.1, 1981.213.1.a&b, 1982.35.1.a&b, 1982.197.1.a-k, 1981.229.1.a-e, 1982.191.1, 1981.75.1
Albuquerque: Along the Rio Grande
Nov. 20, 2011 - January 2014 (North and Transition Galleries)
For more than one hundred and twenty centuries, humans have lived in the region now known as the central Rio Grande Valley.
When Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s army camped in the area in 1540-1542, they encountered an indigenous Tiwa-speaking native culture well adapted to a high desert environment and battling to retain its autonomy and cultural beliefs.
For the next four centuries and especially after the founding of La Villa de Alburquerque in 1706, Spain, Mexico and ultimately the United States governed a population focused on survival, weathering harsh weather extremes, and building a unique economy based on agriculture, ranching, weaving, and merchant trade. Change came quickly after the railroad arrived in 1880 and especially after World War II, leading to huge population growth and making Albuquerque the creative and diverse city it is today.
Curator of history Deb Slaney notes, "This exhibition is just the right size and scope to carry us through to completion of our new core history exhibit, due to open in the Fall of 2014.
"Heavily drawn from 'Four Centuries: A History of Albuquerque,' it includes many of our most beloved and iconic artifacts. This exhibit is important because it allows us to continue to provide a context for students, families and out-of-town guests for learning about Albuquerque history while we are under construction during the next year and a half."
A Family Guide is available free of charge for this exhibition, thanks to the generous support of Lovelace Health Plan and Bank of Albuquerque.
Ernest Blumenschein, Star Road and White Sun, 1920, Museum Purchase
Permanent Exhibition (East Gallery)
A permanent art exhibition highlighting a significant and museum-owned works from the late 19th century to the present day, including some that have never before been viewed by the public.
In January 2013, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy presented poems he had written based on artwork in the Common Ground exhibition. The poetry is available for visitors to view in the exhibition, or you may download it here.