Sundays in the Museum: Exhibition tour with Brandee Caoba

2 pm

Join us for a tour of the exhibition, Because It’s Time, led by Brandee Caoba. About her artwork, Spiritus Mundi, Brandee writes, “Approaching this project from a universal perspective, I have come to recognize that we are all living under the same sky. We share an almost identical genetic code–regardless of skin color, hair texture, the color of our eyes, gender, sexual orientation, education, socio-economic background and ethnic or cultural identity. Not only does our genetic coding link us to each other, but it also links us to every other organism on Earth.”

Brandee will talk about her work as well as facilitate a conversation about the exhibition as a whole.

The event is free with the purchase of museum admission.

First Page to Last Page Reading of Bless Me, Ultima in the NHCC Art Museum

9 am to 8 pm

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will present a beginning-to-end reading of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed novel, Bless Me, Ultima. The reading will take place in the NHCC Art Museum where an exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición, enters its final month. Over 40 dignitaries, New Mexico authors, youth, adults and elders (including school students) will read, each for 15 minutes, between 9 am and 8 pm. The general public is invited to attend any part of the day-long reading as well as tour the exhibition before it concludes on November 11.

The reading is free and open to the public with museum entrance fee.

Some notable readers include the following. You can see the full list of readers and approximate times here. Please note that times may vary based on reading speed and that readers may move time slots.

  • ABQ First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller
  • Deputy State Historian Rob Martínez
  • Authors Enrique Lamadrid, Demetria Martinez, Levi Romero
  • UNM Faculty A. Gabriel Melendez, Anna Nogar, John Kessel and David Richard Jones
  • NHCC Executive Director, RebeccaAvitia
  • Executive Director, Opera Southwest, Tony Zancanella
  • Director of Cultural Services, CABQ, Shelle Sanchez
  • Kirsten and Scott Plunket
  • Española School Children

More about the exhibition:

The La Ultima Exhibición, curated by Augustine Romero, features visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972)–a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II. Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a magical and moral journey in this novel that has inspired artists for decades. Romero curated a previous iteration of this exhibition in 2006 at the South Broadway Cultural Center and the NHCC Art Museum is thrilled to host the re-imagined version twelve years later. Featured artists include: Jesús “Cimi” Alvarado, George C’de Baca, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Christian Michael Gallegos, Roberto Gallegos, Eric Garcia, Kristina Gonzales, Nacho Jaramillo, Al Na’ir Lara, Chisim Bernal Lujan, Oscar Lozoya, Chris Ray Melendez, El Moisés, Derrick Montez, Paloma Paz Nava, Gabriel Luis Powers, Chris Rivera, Rebecca H. Hernandez Rosser, and Catalina Salinas. Augustine Romero is an acclaimed visual artist and the curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center and the Kimo Theater for the City of Albuquerque.

Jugamos Juntos: Vamos Afuera—Who, Who Was Ultima’s Owl?

Thank you for your interest! This program is at capacity and won’t be taking any new registrations. 

10:30 am – 12 pm

Join us for Jugamos Juntos, summer family programming, on Saturday mornings during June and July from 10:30 am to noon. Each Saturday is a different topic and this week, you can come meet different live, non-releasable owls that live in and around the Albuquerque Bosque. Learn about what makes them special by observing and sketching these beautiful creatures! All Hawks Aloft birds have permanent injuries that keep them from returning to the wild.

Please pre-register (there is a limited number of spaces available): https://goo.gl/forms/1mk0uGSN0fqV8pSr1.

Free; $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists and to purchase supplies. For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us.

Sponsored by Molina Healthcare

Jugamos Juntos: Vamos Afuera—Ultima’s Garden

10:30 am – 12 pm

Join us for Jugamos Juntos, summer family programming on Saturday mornings during June and July from 10:30 am to noon. Each Saturday is a different topic and this week, you can explore seeds and plants. Help plant the NHCC herb garden, taste some tea, and make some plant-inspired art to take home.

Please pre-register (so we know how many materials to prepare): https://goo.gl/forms/1mk0uGSN0fqV8pSr1.

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us

Free; $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists and to purchase supplies.

Family Tour with Ultima

2 pm

Join us for a family-friendly tour of the NHCC Art Museum exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición. All generations will gain new perspectives about art during this unique museum experience led by María Dolores Gonzales who represents Ultima’s perspective. María Dolores Gonzales is an artist and writer and runs a Spanish language immersion program in Northern New Mexico.

Admission: $6 for adults (17+); $5 for New Mexico residents (17+); free for youth 16 and under. Price of admission gains access to the entire museum so come a little early or stay a little late to see everything!

Performance in the Museum With Artist Eric-Paul Riege

2 pm to 3 pm

Join us for a performance in Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM with Eric-Paul Riege! Eric-Paul was born in 1994 in Gallup, New Mexico and lives there now. He is a weaver and performance artist who also creates what he calls, “wearable art”. Eric-Paul notes, “I am inspired by being present through my mind, body and beliefs. That happens through remembering my history and my people and my family—how it has gifted me my identity and worldview and craft.” Eric-Paul has two weavings on display in the exhibition and they are part of a broader performance piece that will take place in the museum on June 2nd at 2 pm. Altogether, the work is called let the Holy ppl watch over U and Me, weaving dance (fig. 2.) 
This event is free with the purchase of museum admission.

Seeing Double: Paired Perspective Museum Tours

2 pm

Join us for a special tour of the NHCC Art Museum exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición. Led by two different specialists with two distinct perspectives, it’s sure to have you seeing the artwork in new ways! The tour will be led by Dr. Eliseo Torres, author and scholar of Curanderismo at the University of New Mexico and Tonita Gonzales, Curandera and educator, who will discuss Bless Me, Ultima and La Ultima Exhibición from the perspective of traditional healing.

Admission: $6 for adults (17+); $5 for New Mexico residents (17+); free for youth 16 and under. Price of admission gains access to the entire museum so come a little early or stay a little late to see everything!

Opening Reception for La Ultima Exhibición

5:30 to 7:30 pm | NHCC Art Museum

La Ultima Exhibición, curated by Augustine Romero, features visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972)-a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II. Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a magical and moral journey in this novel that has inspired artists for decades. Romero curated a previous iteration of this exhibition in 2006 at the South Broadway Cultural Center and the NHCC Art Museum is thrilled to host the re-imagined version twelve years later.

Featured artists include: Jesús ” Cimi” Alvarado, George C’de Baca, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Christian Michael Gallegos, Roberto Gallegos, Eric Garcia, Kristina Gonzales, Nacho Jaramillo, Al Na’ir Lara, Chisim Bernal Lujan, Oscar Lozoya, Chris Ray Melendez, El Moisés, Derrick Montez, Paloma Paz Nava, Gabriel Luis Powers, Chris Rivera, Rebecca H. Hernandez Rosser, and Catalina Salinas.

Augustine Romero is an acclaimed visual artist and the curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center and the Kimo Theater for the City of Albuquerque.

Check back at nhccnm.org for more information on ancillary programs and thank you to French Funerals and Cremations for their support of this related programming.

Opening Reception, The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

5 pm to 7 pm

Join us for the opening reception for the exhibition The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style, featuring approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years. Matt and Jeanette began collecting Christmas ornaments in 2000 and there first tree was only 4 feet tall. Now, the ornaments are displayed on a number of trees in their home including one that is 15 feet tall. You can explore this impressive collection in the NHCC Art Museum between December 2, 2017 and January 7, 2018.
Free public event

The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

Art Museum hours and prices HERE

This exhibit features approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years. Matt and Jeanette began collecting Christmas ornaments in 2000 and there first tree was only 4 feet tall. Now, the ornaments are displayed on a number of trees in their home including one that is 15 feet tall. You can explore this impressive collection in the NHCC Art Museum between December 2, 2017 and January 7, 2018.