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FRIENDS OF FOLK ART PRESENTS- MOIFA: America's First Modern Folk Art Museum
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Lectures and Talks Featured Event

FRIENDS OF FOLK ART PRESENTS- MOIFA: America's First Modern Folk Art Museum

January 15, 2023
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Led by Rachel Preston, Girard Researcher, and Architectural Historian

Museum of International Folk Art, Vernick Auditorium

Doors open at 2:00 PM

The architecture of the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is a story unto itself. 

Girard researcher Rachel Preston will explore the evolution of the buildings and exhibits, investigating how style would define space as the museum evolved into the finest in the world and offer Santa Fe as a place to examine the concepts of modern architecture and design. Ms. Preston’s lecture will surely be a “must-attend event” for any Girard aficionado.

Registration is free for FOFA Members.

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Masks are preferred. 

Rachel Preston Biography

Architectural historian Rachel Preston of Santa Fe has been leading the documentation of Alexander Girard’s work in New Mexico for more than a decade.  Highlights of her work include:

  • Completing the relocation and preservation plan for Girard’s mural at Albuquerque’s Unitarian Church.
  • Researching the restoration of his mural, interiors, and furnishings at St. John’s College.
  • Documenting Girard’s complete works in New Mexico, including not just his home but also The Compound restaurant, for various magazines.
  • Compiling the story of the MOIFA’s architecture for El Palacio.

Rachel is currently documenting Girard’s use of symbols and patterns across his works.

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