Events

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

Claiming Space: The Aesthetics and Politics of Graduation Dress
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Claiming Space: The Aesthetics and Politics of Graduation Dress

June 1, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a talk about the aesthetics and politics of graduation dress by folklorist, Sheila Bock. A book signing with the author will follow her talk.

Sheila Bock is a folklorist and associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is author of the book Claiming Space: Performing the Personal through Decorated Mortarboards.

Register in advance | Program is included with Museum Admission.

ASL Interpretation is provided for this event.

Claiming Space: Performing the Personal through Decorated Mortarboards examines the growing tradition of decorating mortarboards at college graduations, offering a performance-centered approach to these material sites of display. Taking mortarboard displays seriously as public performances of the personal, this book highlights the creative, playful, and powerful ways graduates use their caps to fashion their personal engagement with notions of self, community, education, and the unknown future. 

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

June 2, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program! 

This month’s theme: Summer Time!

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

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Decorating with Folk & Tribal Art
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Lectures and Talks

Decorating with Folk & Tribal Art

June 9, 2024
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for Reception

Vernick Auditorium

Displaying folk or tribal art whether a collection or just a few special pieces require a sensitivity to nuances of spatial aesthetics as well as the principals of design.

Displaying folk or tribal art whether a collection or just a few special pieces require a sensitivity to nuances of spatial aesthetics as well as the principals of design. Light and form are particularly important when articulating the displaying of art. Throughout Lisa’s career as an interior designer she has been passionate about Folk and Tribal Art and relishes the opportunity to display such art forms. Samuel has a particular affinity for this type of art because she feels that Folk Art is communication about a culture and a heritage of ‘the people’ in a community. Folk art does not aim for individual expression. Folk Art is a collective expression of a culture that speaks to community, communication and a passing of information from generation to generation.Part of the great challenge and excitement (fun) of displaying, especially collections are finding unique methods of doing so that will surprise and delight the viewer. Curating a collection as a collaboration is also a rewarding aspect of this work. Samuel will discuss some unique display solutions that she has implemented with great success. This event is for FOFA members ONLY.  FOFA members will receive an invitation by email which will include all the details. A single membership allows access to one ticket. A dual membership allows for two tickets.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

Vernick Auditorium

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Arts Alive! at MOIFA
Workshop Family

Arts Alive! at MOIFA

June 12, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for FREE Hands-on Workshops for Ages 3-103! Art making activities are from 10am to 2pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum and Garden entrance free for Arts Alive! participants during workshop hours.

Come make a God’s Eyes/Ojo de Dios with Cal Duran

For groups of 6 or more, please contact: Patricia Sigala, 505-476-1212 • patricia.sigala@dca.nm.gov

Visit https://museumhill.net/ for additional programming dates. 

Cal Duran is a Queer, Two Spirit, Indigenous, Native, Mixed blood. Latinx, Manito, Mestizo, Chicanx, Indian Artist, and Arts Educator from Colorado. Art has been a portal to channel his indigenous ancestors, where he slips under an emotional spinning vortex of creation. The makers of his blood flow through him. He channels the artisans, craft-makers, mud-dwellers, star-makers, dream-weavers and earth-brothers and sisters the ones who paved the way and forged the path. His work carries spirit and his truth is in everything he creates. He has roots that bridge India, Mexico and the natives of this land. He finds himself exploring parallels between his  hybrid identities found in myth, religion,and ritual. 

Arts Alive! A collaborative summer program on Museum Hill at The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of International Folk Art.

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Between the Lines: Prison, Poetry & Families
Performance Featured Event Family

Between the Lines: Prison, Poetry & Families

June 16, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for an afternoon of poetry and community gathering! Additional details will be forthcoming...

  • 1:00-2:00 PM - Poetry reading in Auditorium
  • 2:00-3:00 PM- Reception & hands-on making in Atrium

ASL Interpretation will be provided during the poetry readings.

Program presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibit Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy

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Arts Alive! at MOIFA
Workshop Family

Arts Alive! at MOIFA

June 26, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for FREE Hands-on Workshops for Ages 3-103! Art making activities are from 10am to 2pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum and Garden entrance free for Arts Alive! participants during workshop hours.

Come make Straw Appliqué art with Jean Anaya Moya

For groups of 6 or more, please contact: Patricia Sigala, 505-476-1212 • patricia.sigala@dca.nm.gov

Visit https://museumhill.net/ for additional programming dates. 

Straw Applique artist, Jean Anaya Moya, is credited with taking this New Mexico art form to the next level. "Her development as an artist has evolved into her becoming recognized as one of our state’s finest Santeras," said nominator Woody Gwyn, who received a governor’s arts award in 2010. "The high quality and character of the work is, I think, a reflection of the woman herself." Moya’s artistic vision is rooted in the traditions of her family life. She lives in the village of Galisteo where she has raised a family, is an active member of the local Catholic parish, and a highly valued member of the Galisteo Volunteer Fire Department, where she has served as fire chief. Moya also is active on the board of the local arts organization, La Sala de Galisteo. Moya said she was drawn to straw applique not just for its religious meaning, but for the technique. 

Arts Alive! A collaborative summer program on Museum Hill at The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of International Folk Art.

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EXTRAVAGANZA ON THE HILL
Performance Featured Event Family Demonstration

EXTRAVAGANZA ON THE HILL

September 21, 2024
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Milner Plaza on Museum Hill

Join us for a celebration of Mexican cultural heritage with a vibrant fusion of music, dance, theater, educational activities, and a live luchador wrestling match on Milner Plaza! This event will highlight some of the rich regional cultural traditions reflected in our current exhibition La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste, and honor the history and living traditions of Indigenous communities of Mexico and our region. This event is being produced in collaboration by the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Art and Culture and supported by the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA). Stay tuned for many more event details soon!

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