the opening in September 1953, the Museum of International
Folk Art has gained national and international recognition
as an accredited
Museum that is home to the worlds largest collection
The collection of more than 150,000 artifacts
forms the basis for exhibitions in four distinct wings:
Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, and Neutrogena. In
2003, the Museum celebrated
50 years» of documenting, collecting, preserving
and interpreting the creative works of traditional artists
from cultures around the world.
Florence Dibell Bartlett founded the world's first international
folk art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a witness
to two world wars, Florence Bartlett believed that encouraging
people to interact with folk art and with one another
would help promote cultural understanding.
The Bartlett Wing, named in honor of museum founder Florence
Dibell Bartlett, offers rotating exhibitions in both the
East and West galleries that are based on the museum collections
and on field studies of specific cultures or art forms.
Exhibition in the east Bartlett wing have ranged from
and Swedish traditions to
New Deal era art» in
New Mexico, recycled
Dancing Shadows: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia».
West Bartlett gallery became the Gallery of Conscience
Dr. Marsha Bol, Director of the Museum of International
Folk Art explains the concept of a gallery of conscience
"As the largest folk art museum in the world, there
is a responsibility to create a forum to discuss current
issues that folk artists are facing around the world.
This Gallery of Conscience will be devoted to the examination
of issues that threaten the survival of the traditional
arts, bringing them to the attention of our visitors."
The inaugural gallery of conscience exhibition
Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform
Communities opened July 4, 2010 closed May 8, 2011.
Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Natural
Disaster was on exhibition July 3, 2011 through May
6, 2012, and The
Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts from Japanese The American
Internment Camps, 1942-1946 July 8-October 7, 2012. Let's talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS, July 7, 2013- January 5, 2014. Visitors are invited to partake in the development of the next exhibition that looks at immigration.
Girard Wings popular long term exhibition, Multiple
Visions: A Common Bond», showcases folk
art, toys, miniatures and textiles from more than 100
nations. The late Alexander Girard, who contributed his
immense collection to the museum, designed this delightful
exhibition, which opened in 1982. The unorthodox exhibition
contains no label text, instead, the case numbers relate
to the printed gallery guide, giving visitors a choice
to learn more about the display, or enjoy the display
without explanation. New lighting was added for the 25th
anniversary in 2007. New multimedia tours delivered on
an ipod touch are available at the front desk, free!
Hispanic Heritage Wing» of the Museum of International
Folk Art is one of the few museum wings in the U.S. which
devoted space to display the art and heritage of Hispanic/Latino
cultures. The renovated gallery supports changing exhibits
on a larger scale. The Hispanic Heritage Wing showcases
Hispano/Latino Arts and culture from New Mexico and beyond,
relating New Mexico to the larger Latino/Hispano communities
within our country and the rest of the Spanish-speaking
world. On display in this gallery through Janaury 5, 2014 is New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y
Mas» Opening April 6, 2014 will be The Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico