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Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico
through September 11, 2016

Known as a folkloric art form that began among the Gypsy people of southern Spain, this exhibition traces Flamenco to its arrival in the U.S. and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. The exhibition features costumes, play bills, instruments, and paintings, complemented by lectures, workshops and performances.

Rodarte costume sketchHanded down from generation to generation, between family and community members living at society's edges, flamenco incorporates historic dance and music traditions from Roman times to the Arabic period. Flamenco expresses a way of life shaped by a multitude of cultural and regional influences such as the Gitanos (Romany people) of Spain and Andalusian regional customs. In 2010, UNESCO declared flamenco a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This exhibition also examines Spain's ferias and fiestas their introduction to the southwestern US, and the individuals who contributed to making flamenco a popular art form in this country. And as the exhibition title suggests, flamenco's integration into New Mexico's culture will be examined.

Exhibition curator Nicolasa Chávez said, "Flamenco is often considered an outward expression of one's innermost emotions, whether happy or sad, and carries with it an air of freedom or abandon." She noted that other exhibitions have only featured flamenco through photography and imagery while this exhibition explores flamenco as a multifaceted art form, a highly cherished performance art remaining true to its cultural roots and heritage. The exhibition is also the first ever to show the history and development of flamenco and its treasured role within the cultural milieu of New Mexico. The exhibition will be accompanied by the book, The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, by Nicolasa Chávez (Museum of New Mexico Press, Jacketed hardbound $39.95 ISBN:978-0-89013-608-9, 192 pages, 86 color and 54 black-and-white photographs). El Farol is the Lead Sponsor of
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Multiple Visions: ACommon Bond
Long term in the Girard Wingdoll dinner party
Alexander and Susan Girard began a lifetime of collecting on their honeymoon trip to Mexico in 1939. Objects were selected for their beauty, humor, whimsy, enthusiasm, spontaneity and directness and they illustrate humankind's universal need to give form to a sense of ornament, delight, and wonder. The Girard Family collection of more than 100,000 objects is unique in part because of its size and breadth: more than 100 countries on six continents are represented. Enjoy this text-free gallery with or without a docent, pick up a Gallery Guide to read more about the cases, or pick up a multi-media tour on an Ipod touch available at the front desk for no additional fee.

Between Two Worlds:
Folk Artists Reflect on The Immigrant Experience

In the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience

Jetha The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental space where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition through interactive elements and facilitated dialogues. Each exhibition changes throughout its life in response to visitor feedback and community participation. Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience, features fiber arts, carving, paintings and works on paper about immigrant journeys and the challenges of transitioning to a new home. Folk artists from the Americas, Africa and Asia articulate the hopes, fears, and challenges of those who leave their homes to settle in a new place, those left behind, and those who national dialogue logowelcome them in their midst.
(PHOTO: above:) Mozambique artist Camurdino Mustafá Jethá holds his sculpture Refugiados (Refugees), 2013. Photo courtesy of Laura Marcus Green. This exhibit is made possible in part by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn, the International Folk Art Alliance, the International Folk Art Foundation, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Director’s Leadership and Exhibitions Development Funds, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the nealogoInstitute of Museum and Library Sciences. Our dialogue series is part of the National Dialogues on Immigration Project of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

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