Past Events › Exhibitions
April 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm-5 pm
Viewable online here.
The exhibition Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail explores Spanish heritage in the United States Southwest via the Old Spanish Trail, a route that linked the colonial outposts of New Mexico and California. The exhibition is curated by Janire Nájera and presented by the National Hispanic Cultural Center and SPAIN Arts and Culture and supported by Wales Arts International.
An artistic and genealogical project combining photography, video and sound by artist and curator Janire Nájera, this exhibition began in March 2014 with a road trip across the Southwest following the footsteps of trader Antonio Armijo, who opened the route of the Old Spanish Trail between the states of New Mexico and California in the 19th century. The objective of Nájera’s trip was to meet, interview, and photograph Spanish descendants to explore how the traditions of the first settlers have merged with local cultures influencing the creation and identity of today’s pueblos and cities. The journey has been documented with the assistance of visual artist Matt Wright, who took a range of panoramic images and time lapses to place the portraits within the environments in which they were captured.
Each portrait in the exhibition has an associated, taped conversation between Nájera and the protagonist of the picture. The portrayed talk about their experiences, their memories, their perception about being Hispanic descendants, and how these origins influence in their lives. In addition to the exhibition, Nájera has recorded her experience along the route in a book, combining the portraits and interviews of the Spanish descendants with academic essays about the legacy of Spanish language, architecture, gastronomy, art, religion, and intangible heritage found in New Mexico and California, once connected through the Old Spanish Trail.
Traveling to the NHCC from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, this exhibition is inspired by the novel The House on Mango Street by the accomplished Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. The contemporary works of art on display in the exhibition highlight many of the issues facing adolescents growing up in urban areas. The intended result is for individuals from diverse neighborhoods, cities, ethnic backgrounds and walks of life to identify commonalities in their coming of age experiences.
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How do museums acquire their collections? What makes an artwork, or an artist, worthy of collecting? These are questions museums face every day and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum is no exception.
“The Art of Acquisition: New New Mexican Works at the NHCC” features art works that have been collected and added to the museum’s permanent collection over the last five years. All of the pieces featured in this exhibition are by New Mexican artists or artists living in New Mexico, and their work is displayed in the NHCC Community Gallery which is designed to showcase the artistic contributions of the local community. These acquisitions, like the majority of the NHCC Art Museum permanent collection, were given by artists and collectors and the museum would not be what it is today without the support of our generous donors.
Accepting a donation is serious business and the NHCC Art museum has a rigorous process of approval before an object can become a part of the museum’s permanent collection. An object is first reviewed by the museum director and curatorial staff. It is then presented to the NHCC Art Museum’s Collections Committee which is composed of art experts, collectors, and artists from throughout New Mexico. When an object is approved by the committee, the Director of the NHCC Art Museum and Visual Arts Program presents the piece at the NHCC Board of Directors Meeting for Board approval. Only upon the Board’s approval does the object become a part of the NHCC Art Museum’s permanent collection. This process ensures that the NHCC Art Museum is the proper home for every object we acquire and it all begins with our donors and their affection for this museum.
In the last five years, the NHCC’s Art Museum collection has grown– in fact doubled its size– through donations from communities and collectors. Very few objects are purchased because our acquisitions purchase fund has yet to be fully developed. An acquisitions fund for the permanent collection would enable the NHCC Art Museum curators to target significant works by important artists for the collection. We would be able to pay artists directly, so that they would receive the full value for their visual creations. Doing this would allow museum staff to continue to foster a supportive community interaction as well as follow best practices for museum curatorship and collection stewardship.
While we hope to grow the acquisitions fund in the very near future, we recognize the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of those who have helped the collection grow despite financial constraints.
Through the Eyes of a Child – Who Am Eye was spearheaded by Katherine Irish, school counselor and professional artist, Mrs. Loretta Huerta, principal at Reginald Chavez and Doug Bellen, music instructor at Reginald Chavez Elementary. They received a grant from Horizons Grant, APS Foundation. Carr Imaging generously donated 50% of the professional printing costs of the photographs in the show. Katherine Irish curated the exhibit to be held at the Hispanic Cultural Center
This project was designed to celebrate our students’ vision of their culture, family and friendships. It was a continuation of last year’s photographic project, Eye Am, headed by Fernando Delgado. Students were taught principles of photography and the use of cameras as an art media and that photography and art is a viable career path. The idea of using photography as a visual arts form that can be expressive of our students, their community, culture and environment was stressed. Calling attention to the beauty and content of their photographs gave their ideas and effort importance. Students were asked to honor and reflect on their lives and photograph what they value and celebrate; their families , friends and neighborhoods. The students were also asked to write an essay about their photographs. We will celebrate and affirm our 2015-2016 5th graders creativity by exhibiting their photographs.
Free community event
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Avokado Artists & SEEDS: A Collective Voice are partnering with the Education Department at The National Hispanic Cultural Center bringing together, in one space, all of the seed murals they have created with several thousand community members across New Mexico, perhaps you!! Come on out and check out this stunning art installation, and view the fruits of our 3 years of work raising seed & environmental awareness by creating these beautiful murals with seeds during visits to many events & schools! (almost 100 visits).
Free Community Event
9-10 murals will be on display in one space at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Education Department Building.
This project has been brought to the community by Avokado Artists, Jade Leyva, lots of volunteer work and partly funded by McCune Charitable Foundation.
The Installation will be up for 1 month, September 9, 2016 to October 9, 2016
For more info about this project visit: www.seedsacollectivevoice.org
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Fantasía Fantástica: Imaginative Spaces and Other-Worldly Collage features the fantastical creations of four artists whose works toy with space and expand the parameters of collage. The artists, Nick Abdalla, Cynthia Cook, Carlos Quinto Kemm, and Rachel Muldez, collect objects and images that populate the day-to-day but often go unnoticed. They then reframe them as part of a new imaginative whole. The works in this exhibition offer opportunities to contemplate how fantasy and the imaginary inform daily life as well as the historical and contemporary climate of Hispanic and Latina/o art more broadly.
Space and scale are key components in each artist’s work. Each artist interacts with space both by changing the setting that encompasses their work, as well as by creating a new world within the object. From delicate and intimate scenes to sizable, yet graceful sculptures, the magic is in the details as much as it permeates the broader environment created by the artworks.
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Día de Muertos is an annual traditional holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and many Hispanic communities. Join the NHCC and experienced, knowledgeable local artists to learn about the meaning of this celebration, the traditional arts and crafts associated with the celebration and development of ofrendas that honor families and individuals.
Each year the Education Department at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, works with schools and community organizations, to host an Ofrenda (altar) Exhibit, in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Your altar
For more information or questions please call or email Elena at ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us or 505-383-4734
Free community event
This and all other Dia de los Muertos events at the NHCC are generously sponsored by Holman’s USA.
1st Saturday of the Month, 1pm-5pm
A Life of Service: The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection, 1905-2007
The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection provides an unparalleled look at a life dedicated to and distinguished by service to community, state, and the nation. A native New Mexican and daughter of laborers, Mari-Luci Jaramillo grew from a studious child in La Vegas, NM to become a teacher, a leader in education reform, a national advocate for civil rights, and the first Latina Ambassador of the United States to Honduras.
This archival collection of correspondence, speeches, articles, photographs, and artifacts highlights her family history, early adulthood, and extensive career in higher education and government. It reflects the central beliefs of Mari-Luci Jaramillo’s life and career: family and community, pride of heritage, and that service to others is important.
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
Instituto Cervantes presents an exhibition in four parts, paying homage to Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, and commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death.
The first part, “Quijotes del celuloide,” displays posters from various movies made about Don Quixote over the years. The second, “Don Quixote Quotes,” comprises universal quotes regarding the influence of Cervantes’ work on English literature. “Back to Barataria,” the third part, is a journey around the southern states in the U.S., with pictures of streets and other places with names taken from the novel, and the fourth part is an exhibition of 400 drawings by New Mexico students.
Free to the public
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Each spring, New Mexico communities celebrate San Ysidro (aka San Isidro or Saint Isidore) the patron saint of farmers, gardeners, and workers. San Ysidro blesses the fields, brings rain and discourages drought, and assures a healthy growing season for local crops such as chile, beans, corn and squash.
The exhibition highlights contemporary and traditional depictions of this adored saint through approximately 65 art works by artists of all ages. New Mexican artist revere San Ysidro and a unique sense of place is reflected through these diverse interpretations of his image.
The NHCC is collaborating with numerous community members and organizations throughout the duration of this exhibition which runs through planting and harvesting seasons. This exhibition also will include a celebration of San Ysidro Feast Day. Traditionally observed on May 15, join the NHCC as we celebrate San Ysidro’s Feast Day on May 13, from 10 am-2 pm, with local farmers, activities, food, artists and so much more!
Please check www.nmhccnm.org/events for details on additional related programs, talks and tours.