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
Family

NM Resident FREE Sunday

October 2, 2022
10:00 AM - 5:00 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!

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org

706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

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MAKE & TAKE @ MOIFA
Family

MAKE & TAKE @ MOIFA

October 9, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for art in the atrium on Sunday with art projects, coloring sheets, and self-guided treasure hunts. Add to your explorations at MOIFA with fun collection-inspired bilingual art kits, facilitated by our fantastic MOIFA docents.  

Museum admission is always free for Kids and Members, program included with admission. 

This month’s themes:

  • Sunday, October 2nd – Animals in Folk Art! 
  • Sunday, October 9th – Animals in Folk Art! 
  • Sunday, October 16th - Make a Paper Ofrenda!
  • Sunday, October 23rd - Make a Paper Ofrenda!

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org

706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

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Folk Art Flea Donation Days
Featured Event Friends of Folk Art (FOFA)

Folk Art Flea Donation Days

October 15, 2022
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bring your tax-deductible folk art donations to the rear parking lot at MOIFA, 706 Camino Lejo, or call 505-476-1201 to make other arrangements.

Donating to the Folk Art Flea is the perfect way to share your gently used folk art treasures, get a tax credit, and benefit a great cause. All proceeds support the education programs and world class exhibitions at the museum.

For more information about the activities of the Friends of Folk Art, click here.

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Public Talk - Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Public Talk - Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga

October 16, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at MOIFA to jump deep into Yokai, J-horror, and all things spooky with Zack Davisson, Writer, Translator, Folklorist; as he shares the world of " Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga." Book signing to follow the talk. Free Talk with Museum Admission. Before the talk, get ready for Halloween and make your own Yokai mask from 12noon-2pm in our Atrium.

To request ASL interpretation please contact patricia.sigala@state.nm.us, by Oct. 9th.

From the ancient weird energy of mononoke to the rise of yokai in the Edo period, Japanese storytellers have a well of frights to draw on. Kabuki artists like Tsuruya Namboku IV spun ancient folklore into modern stories. Ukiyo-e artists like Yoshitoshi Tsukioka amped up the gore and writers like Ryunosuke Akutagawa refined the shock into terror.This is the inheritance of horror that modern manga artists have continued to build upon. ‘Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro’ artist Shigeru Mizuki was one of the first to use Japan’s folkloric past in manga, followed by second-wave artists like Hideshi Hino and Tsunezo Murotani and modern artists like Junji Ito. Learn more about this legacy of horror!

Zack Davisson is an award winning translator, writer, lecturer, and scholar of manga and Japanese folklore and ghosts. He is the author of YUREI: THE JAPANESE GHOST, YOKAI STORIES, and THE SUPERNATURAL CATS OF JAPAN from Chin Music Press. He contributed to exhibitions at the WERELDMUSEUM ROTTERDAM, the ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, and the INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF FOLK ART.  He has lectured on Japanese folklore and manga at DUKE UNIVERSITY, ANNAPOLIS NAVAL ACADEMY, UNIVERSITA CA’ FOSCARI VENEZIA, UCLA, and the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, and is a frequent guest and panelist at comic and anime conventions. He has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in THE NEW YORK TIMES, and has written articles for SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, WEIRD TALES, JAPANZINE, METROPOLIS, KANSAI TIME-OUT, and THE COMICS JOURNAL. He was a researcher and on-screen talent for National Geographic’s TV special OKINAWA: THE LOST GHOSTS OF JAPAN, has appeared as a commentator on Chinese news network CCTV. He has maintained the popular Japanese folklore website HYAKUMONOGATARI.COM since 2010. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife Miyuki, their dog Mochi, cats Bagheera and Sheer Khan—and several ghosts.

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Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration
Performance Featured Event Family

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration

October 30, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate the Day of the Dead and decorate sugar skulls, calaveras de azúcar, eat traditional Day of Dead treats, pan de muerto, and view the Day of the Dead ofrendas (altars).

Watch Los Niños Dance Performances at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

FREE admission for everyone all day!

To request ASL interpretation, please contact patricia.sigala@state.nm.us by October 23rd.

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