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January 2019

Braceros Exhibit

January 25June 30

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This exhibit is free and open to the public 

March 2019

Qué Chola

March 8August 4

The Chola is a significant figure in the Latina imagination for the ways that she represents a feminine strength, power, and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and economic adversity. She is a figure that many young Latinas in the U.S. admire and emulate. The last few years have seen a surge in interest in the Chola as a figure and this exhibition will explore this dynamic from a feminist perspective through art and popular culture.

The Qué Chola Photo Board will be displayed in the exhibition and is an opportunity to honor the Cholas in our lives, past and present, by sharing photos of homegirls showing off their style and pride.

If you have a photo you’d like included on the photo board you can send them to us. And if you send them before March 8, they will be part of the Qué Chola! opening reception. For more information on how to share, click here.

Artists:

Adriana Avila and Benjamin Avila
All Chola
Amy Martinez, Kari Orvik, and Vero Majano
Andrew Montoya
Antonia Fernandez
Arthur López
Blackout Theater
Jesús “Chuy” Rangel
Crystal Galindo
David Gonzales
Delilah Montoya
Eddyrose
Gaspar Enríquez
iLash
Judith F. Baca
Miguel Gandert
Nancy Camacho
Nanibah Chacon
Pamela Enriquez-Courts
Póla López
Rebekah Miles
Shizu Saldamando
Valerie J. Bower
Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
Vicko Alvarez Vega
Zeke Peña

Thank you to Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. and the NHCC Foundation Board for their generous support of this event and exhibit.

And special thank yous to Marble Brewery for creating a new beer, Chicanisma–a delicious dark Mexican lager–that will be available at the reception and all of their taprooms! And Rude Boy Cookies for providing custom cookies for dessert!

May 2019

Southwest of Eden: The Art of Adam and Eve

May 17, 2019January 5, 2020

This exciting exhibit features approximately fifty works of art from the Joyce Kaser Collection. Southwest of Eden: The Art of Adam and Eve examines the various ways in which New Mexican artists and others visually portray these two famous figures as well as the flora and fauna in their surroundings.  For example, how many apples are featured, or are they pomegranates? Is the serpent male or female? Is it animal or human, or half and half? Is Eve always the instigator or is Adam assuming some responsibility? Situated in the NHCC Art Museum’s highly popular community gallery, Southwest of Eden invites the visitor to take a closer look at the imagery, symbolism and story of what happened in the garden.

July 2019

Camina el Autor: The Iconography of Felipe Huamán Poma de Ayala, Peruvian/Quechuan Chronicler

July 19December 31

Camina el Autor showcases the extraordinary work of Guaman Poma; explores the history of the indigenous people of Peru, Andean civilization, and Spanish conquest; and broadens our understanding of Peruvian culture and history.The digital images and accompanying texts have been provided to the NHCC by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with assistance from the Consulate General of Peru in Denver. The NHCC has curated these (398 fullpage drawings) to present a vibrant and informative exhibit that encourages learning, discovery, and contemplation. Exhibit programming will include talks and lectures; book readings; graphic novel, zine, and animation workshops for teens; bilingual story hours; and more.

For more information, contact: Cassandra Osterloh, NHCC Librarian, cassandra.osterloh@state.nm.us, (505) 383-4708.

This exhibit is free and open to the public during hours of operation.

September 2019

El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past

September 6, 2019May 31, 2020

Curated by Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn , Director and Chief Curator of the NHCC Art Museum, the exhibit  El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past, will aim to break down stereotypes of what visitors expect to see in a “Peruvian art exhibit.” The exhibit will highlight works by 20th and 21st century Peruvian artists, all of whom explore the Peruvian pre-colonial and colonial past while addressing race, class and inclusion in the contemporary present.  Works include photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and multimedia.

There is a growing Peruvian community in New Mexico and throughout the southwest (not to mention the United States).  This will be the NHCC Art Museum’s first exhibit to showcase Peruvian visual arts and the museum greatly looks forward furthering appreciation of Peru by sharing the inherent nuances of this incredible country and its artists.

El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past

September 6, 2019May 3, 2020

Curated by Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Director and Chief Curator of the NHCC Art Museum, the exhibit, El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past, aims to break down stereotypes of what visitors expect to see in a “Peruvian art exhibit.” The exhibit will highlight works by 20th and 21st century Peruvian artists all of whom explore Peruvian the pre-colonial and colonial past while addressing race, class and inclusion in the contemporary present.  Works include photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and multimedia.

There is a growing Peruvian community in New Mexico and throughout the southwest (not to mention the United States).  This will be the NHCC Art Museum’s first exhibit to showcase Peruvian visual arts and the museum greatly looks forward furthering appreciation of Peru by sharing the inherent nuances of this incredible country and its artists.

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