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

Artistic Heritage: Syrian Folk Art
Featured Event Exhibition Opening

Artistic Heritage: Syrian Folk Art

June 4, 2017 through May 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This display is a tribute to Syrian artistry, creative triumphs, and cultural heritage. Featured objects include Syrian clothing dating from the 19th century to mid-20th century, musical instruments, painted and inlaid boxes, traditional cookie molds, coffee pots, contemporary glassworks handmade in Damascus in 2017, and more.

Since 2011, Syria has been plagued by conflict and civil war leading to a current humanitarian crisis. All over the news, we see images of devastated ruins of what were once thriving cities and cultural centers such as Aleppo, Homs, Kobane, and others; images and stories of unfathomable human suffering. But this is not the only side of Syria. Pointing to the country’s artistic traditions and cultural and religious diversity, the Museum of International Folk Art will display and highlight its collection of Syrian folk art in Lloyd’s Treasure Chest.

Lloyd’s Treasure Chest is named for the gallery’s benefactor, the late Lloyd Cotsen, former CEO of the Neutrogena Corporation. In 1995, Cotsen and the Neutrogena Corporation donated the Neutrogena Gallery, Lloyd’s Treasure Chest, a state-of-the-art storage facility, and an important collection of international folk art. Lloyd’s Treasure Chest is an open storage concept gallery that allows visitors to view collections objects that are not on view in the museum’s formal exhibitions. In addition to the gallery being a place where visitors can explore the meaning of folk art, collections items are rotated from storage into thematic displays set in the Treasure Chest.

This thematic display, Artistic Heritage: Syrian Folk Art is presented in collaboration with the New Mexico History Museum their upcoming exhibition, Syria: Cultural Patrimony under Threat, opening June 23, 2017.  June 4 is the first Sunday of the month, admission is free for New Mexico residents;  youth 16 and under and members of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation are always free!

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Folk Art and Activism
Featured Event Family Lectures and Talks

Folk Art and Activism

June 4, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

1-3pm conversation and art creation

3-4pm reception celebrating the gallery re-opening

Meet six millennial folk artists from New Mexico and join  a conversation about activism and participate in the creation of a collaborative art piece about New Mexico’s land, environment, and raw materials.  Participating Artists include:  

Juan Carlos Cucalon (Santa Fe)

Marina Eskeets (Gallup)

Arthur Lopez (Santa Fe)

Ehren Kee Natay (Santa Fe)

Rose Simpson (Espanola)

David Sloan (Santa Fe)

 By museum admission, NM residents FREE the First Sunday of the month.Held in conjunction with Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate; Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today’s Global Marketplace, in the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience.

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Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Demonstration Featured Event

Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk

June 25, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Labyrinth Resourse Group presents a FREE Summer Solstice Walk celebrating the longest day of the year. The public is cordially invited to join in this labyrinth walk to shine light into all areas of our consciousness, personal and collective.  Guitar music by Chris Harrell.  This labyrinth is wheelchair accessible, and is outside the Museum of International Folk Art, on Milner Plaza. For more information, call Liz at 505.474.0002.

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Flamenco Workshops with Carmela Greco
Workshop Featured Event

Flamenco Workshops with Carmela Greco

June 27, 2017 through July 1, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The daughter of Flamenco legend Jose Greco will conduct a series of classes in conjunction with the exhibition Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico

Beginning Flamenco Dance 10am to 11am,  Tuesday June 27 through and including Saturday July 1 Beginning Castanets (castanets provided for duration of the class) 11:15 to 12:15, Tuesday June 27 through and including Saturday July 1. All classes include Museum admission, the cost is $50 one class series (5 classes total); $80 for two-class series (10 classes total). To register for Carmela Greco’s Flamenco classes, send email to or call (505) 476-1207. Payment by cash or check is accepted, sorry no credit cards.  Walk in rate is $15.00 per class, space permitting only.

This program presented in conjunction with the exhibition Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico. All images courtesy of Carmela Creco, photos by Blindekol

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Flamenco En Vivo
Performance Featured Event

Flamenco En Vivo

June 28, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico

Carmela Greco’s seasoned guitarist Anontio Gabarri Jimenez launches the Museum’s summer series of live Flamenco guitar in the gallery included with Museum admission.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, in the Hispanic Heritage Wing through September 10, 2017.  Photo of Flamenco En Vivo Guitarist Ronaldo Baca, Summer 2016.

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