Opening Reception: Fantasía Fantástica: Imaginative Spaces and Other Worldly Collage

6 pm to 8 pm

Join us for a free public reception of this new exhibition, generously sponsored by law firm Montgomery & Andrews. The reception will include music by Keith Sanchez, food by M’Tucci’s Latin Cocina, and a cash bar by Pop Fizz. There will also be the opportunity to gain insight into the artistic process of Rachel Muldez as she installs “Event Horizon” in the museum gallery from 6pm to 7 pm.

This exhibition invites you to explore fantastical forms in unexpected places! Artists Nick Abdalla, Cynthia Cook, Carlos Quinto Kemm, and Rachel Muldez create works that toy with space and expand the parameters of collage. They inspire new ways of thinking about the “stuff” that surrounds us every day as well as what we consider “art-worthy” materials.

Free Public Event

Through the Eyes of a Child – Who Am Eye

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

The Art of Acquisition: New New Mexican Works at the NHCC: Exhibit Reception & Tours

Reception — 2 pm to 4 pm
Tours – 11 am. 1 pm & 3 pm (tours limited to 20 people each)
Free community event

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.

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Sandra Cisneros Reading and Book Signing

6:30 pm

In celebration of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s current exhibition “House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community”, the NHCC welcomes back Sandra Cisneros, acclaimed author of House on Mango Street, who will read from her works and will be available to sign books afterwards.

Cisneros’s lively and animated readings have great resonance with audiences and she never fails to captivate. As she reads her very detailed descriptions and passages in her works, one can almost feel the stories come alive visually and poetically. Join us for an evening with the author and stay after to purchase books and have them signed!
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show.

Photo by Alan Goldfarb

Sandra Cisneros Exhibition Tour, The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community

6:30 pm – SOLD OUT!

Award-winning author Sandra Cisneros and Tey Marianna Nunn, Director of the NHCC’s Art Museum, conduct an intimate and personal tour of the art exhibition The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community.  The exhibition, organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, uses Cisneros’ beloved coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street, first published in 1984, to address issues surrounding childhood, growing up, community, and identity.  The visual artists featured in the exhibition explore experiences prevalent in working class neighborhoods from various cities, ethnic backgrounds, and walks of life to identify commonalities in their coming-of-age experiences. The works of art feature major themes of the book, including hope, personal dreams, hardship, disillusionment, family, community, home, identity, relationships, independence, coming of age, and storytelling.

Ms. Cisneros and Dr. Nunn will provide an engaging and fun experience, filled with anecdotes and personal stories, in this special, one-of-a-kind exhibition tour, limited to 40 participants. All proceeds go to support future projects at the NHCC’s Art Museum.
Cost $25. Limited to 40 participants.

Photo by Alan Goldfarb

The House on Mango Street — Book Club

Thursdays, July 7, 14 & 21, 2016
5:30 pm — 7 pm

Join us for 3 weeks of reading and discussing the seminal work by author Sandra Cisneros. Your registration includes one copy of the book which will be mailed to you or can be picked up after June 6. Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Please pre-register HERE.
$15

The House on Mango Street — Book Club

Thursdays, July 7, 14 & 21, 2016
5:30 pm — 7 pm

Join us for 3 weeks of reading and discussing the seminal work by author Sandra Cisneros. Your registration includes one copy of the book which will be mailed to you or can be picked up after June 6. Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Please pre-register HERE.
$15

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

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.

The House on Mango Street Neighborhood Mural Tour

11 am

Using the House on Mango Street exhibit as a springboard for discussion on community spaces and how environments help shape our sense of identity, join us for a tour of the powerful murals of our own historic Barelas Neighborhood, led by Gabrielle Uballez, Executive Director of Working Classroom. Remember to wear walking shoes and bring water, hat, sunscreen!

Meet at the NHCC Art Museum.
Free community event

La Canoa: Making Frederico Vigil’s Miracle Wall

2 pm

Our La Canoa Legacy series features talks by Hispanic-Latino faculty and community researchers with long-standing and accomplished records of research and teaching about New Mexico and the region.

The final talk of this season features Aracely Chapa, Director of the Center for Regional Studies, at UNM, talking about the process that resulted in Frederico Vigil’s fresco “Mundos de Mestizaje” that graces the wall of the Torreon on the NHCC Campus.

The talk will start in the Research Library in the History and Literary Arts Building and will continue in the Torreon.
Free community event