Events

There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum of International Folk Art! Join us for our many programs listed below.

Museum Hill Annual Holiday Stroll
Members Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Circles Performance

Museum Hill Annual Holiday Stroll

December 13, 2019

Join us for the Museum Hill Annual Holiday Stroll from 4-7 pm on Friday December 13th. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, The Wheelwright Museum and Santa Fe Botanical Garden will all be open and have holiday festivities to enjoy with family and friends!

4-7 pm – Paint a gourd ornament for the holidays, and enjoy refreshments in the Atrium

5:15 – 6:45 in the Vernick Auditorium Pasión Flamenca

Pasión Flamenca is a group of musicians who perform and present the art, heritage, and culture of Flamenco. Made up of guitarists, singers, and percussionists, Pasión Flamenca will share the wonderful sounds of Villancicos, traditional flamenco holiday songs from Spain. This is not Jingle Bells in Spanish but a fabulous rendering of songs dating back to the middle ages on the Iberian peninsula and developing through generations of Gitano communities into the lively and mesmerizing flamenco versions sung today. The group is made up of Luís Campos and Ronaldo Baca on guitar, singer Nicolasa Chávez, and percussionist Fabian Sisneros.

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Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries
Workshop Family

Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries

December 17, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

At Santa Fe Southside Library:

Tuesday Dec. 17th – Peruvian Retablos

Join us for free folk art family programs! Learn about folk art and cultures around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please take note of the specific dates and activities. All events take place from 3:30-4:30pm.

Produced In Partnership with Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Public Library. For more information, please contact Kemely Gomez at 505-476-1215.

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Workshop Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

January 5, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us on the First FREE Sunday of the Month for our all-ages program featuring storytime, hands-on art activities and explorations in the galleries.

 FREE for all NM residents . Funded by Museum of New Mexico Foundation Education Fund

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. First Sunday of Every Month is free to NM Residents.

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Exhibit Opening - From Combat to Carpets: The Art of Afghan War Rugs
Lectures and Talks Featured Event Exhibition Opening

Exhibit Opening - From Combat to Carpets: The Art of Afghan War Rugs

January 12, 2020

War rugs “are the production of women artists, and of communities speaking globally not just locally,” said co-curator Annemarie Sawkins. “War rugs reflect Afghanistan’s historic and modern place as a busy cultural crossroads. They reveal the observant and innovative nature of the people who produced them.” Afghan “war rugs” gained international attention following the Soviet invasion of 1979 when millions of refugees fled to neighboring Pakistan and Iran. Join us for a special version of this traveling show including pieces from the MOIFA collection.

1:00 pm -  Talk by curator Annemarie Sawkins

2:00 pm - Refreshments provided by the Women’s Board.

Image: Rug with Map of Afghanistan, Unidentified artist;Knotted wool, Baghlan (Afghanistan), Acquired in Peshawar (Pakistan), 1998. Credit: Image courtesy of Annemarie Sawkins and Enrico Mascelloni

“The exhibition made its debut at the Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has been traveling throughout the United States. The version opening at MOIFA is supplemented with items from the museum’s permanent collection, including older carpets from the region.

This unique subset of handwoven rugs can teach us about the innovative nature of rug design and production, as well as the long history of foreign involvement in Afghanistan. Rug producers, provoked by decades of traders and invaders in the country, adapted traditional motifs and compositions, translating them into depictions of world maps, tourist sites, weapons, and military figures. Such war rugs have proven popular among occupying military personnel, journalists, foreign aid workers, international collectors, and contemporary art curators.

Over the years, rug makers have continued to update popular imagery and themes to reflect current events, changing technologies, and the tastes of potential buyers. The emergence of war-related imagery in Afghan rug design has clearly aided the economic survival of area weavers and displaced craftspeople through years of armed conflict and cultural disruption. What war rugs mean to individual weavers is less understood. Are war rugs a celebration of modernity or a rejection of war? Are they a witness to shared trauma or a commercialization of violence? Are they testaments to ingenuity and a spirit of survival? Perhaps they are all of these things at once.” Explore more pieces from the exhibit

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. First Sunday of Every Month is free to NM Residents.

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Museum of International Folk Art's Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Performance Featured Event Family

Museum of International Folk Art's Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

February 2, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and celebrate Asian New Year traditions with the whole family at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration! Fun for all ages. Free Admission

  • Lion Dance performance and parade at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
  • Japanese Taiko Drumming performances by Smokin’ Bachi at 2:00 and 3:00 pm
  • Hands on art making

The Lunar New Year 2020 celebrates the Year of the Rat.

The Lion Dance performance is by the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple Youth Group of Albuquerque, a non-profit lion dance troupe. "All funds raised by the youth group are used to further the teachings of Buddhism and Vietnamese language and culture to the community. Quang Minh Buddhist Youth Group was founded in 1996, and is still going 15 years strong. Our lion dance troupe has been the finest and oldest team around for over a decade. Join us for one of our energy filled performances, and experience the history and tradition! We perform year around. Bringing good luck and fortune to any event."

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; Closed on Mondays November through April, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. First Sunday of Every Month is free to NM Residents.

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