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November 2013
Open 10AM to 5PM
Tuesdays through Sundays,
Closed Mondays


Sunday November 3
1 - 4 PM
Santa Fe Stories of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Public event inviting individuals to share stories of the artists, advocates, visionaries, family members and friends whose lives are stitched into the memorial quilt panels with the NAMES project Foundation. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS in the Gallery on Conscience through January 5, 2014. (Photo:AIDS Memorial Quilt Block 3561, ca. 1994, The NAMES Project. Cotton, synthetic fabrics and trims, leather, suede, plastic sequins and buttons. Loan courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation) To share your quilt story and images, please contact Laura Marcus Green, Gallery of Conscience Community Engagement Coordinator, by or before October 24, 2013 by e-mail to, or by phone (505) 690 7380. Link to .pdf form for participation

November 8-10, 2013
Food + Folklore Festival

Explore the past and present, the folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and-of course-food! Sponsored by the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Museum Hill Cafe, Museum of International Folk Art, International Folk Art Foundation and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. For tickets call Shirley Lujan at (505) 476-1126.

Thursday November 14
5:30- 8:00 P.M.
Connecting Artists, Empowering Youth

MOIFA and the Youth Media Project (YMP) present a Listening event featuring pieces YMP participants created on HIV/AIDS advocacy, education and community outreach. Presented with support from the International Sites of Conscience and the New Mexico Arts Division. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Let's Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS in the gallery on Conscience through January 5, 2014. (Photo: La Curacion del Corazon: The Healing of the Heart, by Diana Moya Lujan. Photo by Blair Clark)


Sunday November 17
Brasil and Arte Popular
Exhibition Opening Events
Hands-on printmaking activities for ages 3 - 103, Capoeira performance and reception hosted by the Museum of New Mexico Women's Board celebrate the opening!

Woodblock print by José Francisco Borges, Bezerros, Pernambuco, Brazil, 1990A fascinating range of unique and vibrant folk traditions are presented featuring over 350 pieces from the museum’s rich Brazilian collection, ranging from graphic woodblock prints, colorful ceramic and wood folk sculptures, toys, puppets, and religious art, to lively festival dramas with dance, music and costumes. The varied cultural mix found throughout the vast region of Brazil not only draws from the original indigenous inhabitants, but also from the Portuguese colonists who began to settle there in the sixteenth century, as well as the enslaved Africans brought by the Europeans. The curator, Barbara Mauldin, tells us that “eventually merging traditions created the dynamic cultural fusion that is so uniquely Brazilian.” The majority of work in the exhibit is from the twentieth century when folk artists found that they had more freedom to portray their history, folklore, and daily life. Religious practitioners could now carry out their rituals openly and festival performers were able to draw from old traditions and use contemporary issues to create lively pageants and dramas. One type of performance, known as capoeira, will be presented at the opening on November 17, 2013, by Mestre Virgulino and his group, Capoeira Cangaço CDO. The exhibition continues through August 10, 2014.

About the Photo: Bumba-Meu-Boi is a comical and very popular folk drama brought to Brazil by the Portuguese colonizers in the eighteenth century. The original plot centers around the death and resurrection of a prized bull, but the story has been adapted to reflect typical northeast Brazilian rural life, involving many varied and costumed characters in a series of comic episodes. Today it is performed throughout Brazil during the Christmas holidays, Carnival, and June festivals. Woodblock print by José Francisco Borges, Bezerros, Pernambuco, Brazil, 1990. IFAF Collection, FA.1991.17.52.


Thursday November 28, 2013
Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

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