Events

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

NM RESIDENT FREE SUNDAY
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NM RESIDENT FREE SUNDAY

December 5, 2021
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

New Mexico residents admitted FREE the first Sunday of each month. Youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members are always free. We are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Come Explore our Engaging Exhibits! 

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities
Featured Event Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities

December 6, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Bunad in a Multicultural Norway
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Bunad in a Multicultural Norway

December 10, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Camilla Rossing, Director of the Norwegian Institute for Bunad and Folk Costume, presents a  talk on how traditional dress in Norway continues to change and evolve within a multicultural population.

To request an ASL Interpreter, contact Leslie Fagre up to 7 days before the event (by Dec. 3) at leslie.fagre@state.nm.us

This program is in conjunction with the exhibit Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia

Dress helps us fashion identity, history, community, and place. Dress has been harnessed as a metaphor for both progress and stability, the exotic and the utopian, oppression and freedom, belonging and resistance. Dressing with Purpose examines three Scandinavian dress traditions—Swedish folkdräkt, Norwegian bunad, and Sámi gákti—and traces their development during two centuries of social and political change across northern Europe.

Photo credit: Camilla Rossing in Beltestakk for East Telemark. Photo by Laila Durán, courtesy of NBF.

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Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia
Performance Featured Event Exhibition Opening

Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia

December 12, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

1:30 pm- Santa Lucia Procession in the Auditorium

2-4 pm - Women’s Board hosts refreshments in the Atrium

2:30 - 3:30 - Swedish fiddling  perfomance by Karina Wilson in the Atrium

Dress helps us fashion identity, history, community, and place. Dress has been harnessed as a metaphor for both progress and stability, the exotic and the utopian, oppression and freedom, belonging and resistance. Dressing with Purpose examines three Scandinavian dress traditions—Swedish folkdräkt, Norwegian bunad, and Sámi gákti—and traces their development during two centuries of social and political change across northern Europe.

By the 20th century, many in Sweden worried about the ravages of industrialization, urbanization, and emigration on traditional ways of life. Norway was gripped in a struggle for national independence. Indigenous Sámi communities—artificially divided by national borders and long resisting colonial control—rose up in protests that demanded political recognition and sparked cultural renewal. Within this context of European nation-building, colonial expansion, and Indigenous activism, traditional dress took on special meaning as folk, national, or ethnic minority costumes—complex categories that deserve reexamination today. In this exhibition, visitors will be introduced to individuals who adapt and revitalize dress traditions to articulate who they are, proclaim personal values and group allegiances, strive for sartorial excellence, reflect critically on the past, and ultimately, reshape the societies they live in.

Learn more about the companion publication for Dressing with Purpose published by Indiana University Press: https://iupress.org/9780253058577/dressing-with-purpose/

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Swedish Council of America.

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities

December 13, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard's Nativities
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard's Nativities

December 20, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities

December 27, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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