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September 2015

Quinceañera: Our Story, Our Future

September 13, 2015

Quinceañera: Our Story, Our Future will explore the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Art Museum’s permanent collection and celebrate the Center’s fifteenth anniversary. The exhibition presents the breadth of the museum’s art collection and reflects the diversity of Hispanic/Chicano/Latino art and culture; it also features a participatory gallery and an opportunity to contribute to a time capsule that will be opened for the Center’s 25th anniversary.

Quinceañera: Our Story, Our Future opens with a free community celebration on Sunday, September 13 from 12 pm to 4 pm. The event includes hands-on activities, a Quinceañera fashion show, and a chance to enter a drawing to win a free Quinceañera dress, provided by Hamiel Bridal & Quinceañera.

October 2015

Barelas: A Community Reimagining

October 1, 2015February 26, 2016

Organized and installed by NHCC docent Patrick Trujillo and intern Jonathan Natvig, this exhibition presents photographs of the historic Barelas neighborhood, one of the original plazas of Albuquerque, Los Barelas. Although the neighborhood predates Albuquerque (founded in 1707), this exhibit covers the period of statehood from 1912 to 2012.

November 2015

El Retrato Nuevomexicano Ahora / New Mexican Portraiture Now

November 7, 2015June 12, 2016

Opening alongside its companion exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, “Staging the Self / Ponerse en Imagen”, this exhibition will highlight portraiture by New Mexican artists. Curated by the NHCC’s Visual Arts Program Director Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, this exhibition features paintings, drawings and photographs by eleven New Mexican artists: Lydia Gallegos, Miguel Gandert, Edward Gonzales, María Dolores Gonzales, Oscar Lozoya, Max-Carlos Martinez, Derrick Montez, Arturo Olivas, Gene Ortega, Cecilia Portal, and Jocelyn Salaz. *****Extended by popular demand to June 12, 2016!!!!


Portraiture Now: Staging the Self / Ponerse en Imagen

November 7, 2015March 27, 2016

This traveling art exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center and curated by Taína Caragol, the National Portrait Gallery’s curator of Latino art and history. Staging the Self features 54 works by six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez.

April 2016
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Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail

April 1, 2016September 30, 2016

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.

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The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community

April 29, 2016September 25, 2016

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.

June 2016
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The Art of Acquisition: New New Mexican Works at the NHCC

June 26, 2016February 20, 2017

Art Museum hours and prices HERE

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.

August 2016
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Through the Eyes of a Child – Who Am Eye

August 12, 2016August 31, 2016

Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm

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

September 2016
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Exhibit: Community Seed Murals

September 9, 2016October 9, 2016

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

October 2016
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Fantasía Fantástica: Imaginative Spaces and Other-Worldly Collage

October 14, 2016May 21, 2017

Art Museum hours and prices HERE

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.

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