Mira, Mira On the Wall: Reflecting on 20 Years of Exhibitions

The NHCC Art Museum now has almost twenty years of exhibitions under its belt and as the NHCC as a whole is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, the Museum will host an exhibition titled, Mira, Mira On the Wall: Reflecting on 20 Years of Exhibitions as an institutional retrospective recounting the significant exhibits that have been presented over the last two decades and their impact on the permanent collection.

¡Mira! 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party and Open House!

2 – 5pm

NHCC History and Literary Arts Building, Roy E. Disney Performing Arts Building, and Visual Art Museum

Mark your calendars for the first Center-wide event dedicated to celebrating our 20th Anniversary! The event will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, inviting guests to enjoy an “open-house” experience of the campus and its multidisciplinary offerings.

Free, all-ages event.

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Aquí Estamos: New Selections from the Permanent Collection

NHCC Art Museum

Every few years, the NHCC Art Museum refreshes its exhibit of artworks that showcase the breadth of the permanent collection. As always, the artworks featured in Aquí Estamos are global in scope and reflect the complexity of the Hispanic experience demonstrating that there is no one way to create art that exemplifies what it means to be Hispanic, Chicana/o, Latinx, and/or Latin American.

Artists Include:

Adriana GonzalesAlice Rahon

Alora Cinllo

Alvin Gill-Tapia

Ana Rosa Rivera Marrero

Antonio Pérez (Ñiko)

Arthur López

Arturo Elizondo

Barbara Carrasco

Carlos Quinto Kemm

Camilla Trujillo

Carmela Martínez Álvarez

Carmen Lomas Garza

Catalina Delgado-Trunk

Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez

Charles Frésquez

Christina “Tina” Fuentes

Christopher Espinoza

Cisco Jimenez

David Perez Escudero

Deborah Rael-Buckley

Eddie Domínguez

Eduardo Muñoz Bachs

Edward Gonzales

Elena Baca

Emilio Lobato III

Enrique Montenegro

Eric J. Garcia

Fanny Rabel

George T. López

Glugio “Gronk” Nicandro

Goldie Garcia

Irene Aguilar Alcántara

Jaime Palacios

Jessamine Toste

Jesse Amado

Jocelyn Lorena Salaz

Juanito Jimenez

Karima Muyaes

Lawrence López Ortiz

Liberty Gonzales

Luisa Bacilio Elías

Lydia Gallegos

Magali Lara

Malaquias Montoya

Margaret Herrera Chávez

Marion C. Martinez

Martha Varóz Ewing

Mónica Sosaya Halford

Nicholas Herrera

Orlando Leyba

Pamela Enriquez-Courts

Patrocinio Barela

Paula Castillo

Póla López

Raul Gonzalez

Ray Martín Abeyta

René Zamora

Ron Mier

Scherezade Garcia

Sergio Moyano

Sergio Tapia

Valerie Roybal

Verne Lucero

Vincent Campos

Victoria Martinez-Rodgers

El Voto Femenino: Sufragistas Latinas luchando por el derecho al voto

The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s History and Literary Arts Program presents a new exhibit, “El voto femenino: Sufragistas Latinas luchando por el derecho al voto/The Women’s Vote: Latina Suffragists who Fought for the Right to Vote” which opens on Friday, January 24, 2020, and runs through June 30, 2020.

There will be a free opening reception on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 6-8 pm in the historic History and Literary Arts (HLA) Building on the NHCC campus, where the exhibit is on display.

The exhibit features women from 24 countries in the international Hispanic diaspora who were instrumental in women’s suffrage, including Nina Otero Warren (New Mexico, US), Bertha Lutz (Brazil), Mathilde Hidalgo de Procel (Ecuador), Elvia Carrillo Puerto (Mexico), Ofelia Domínguez Navarro (Cuba), Elena Caffarena (Chile), Josefa Llanes Escoda (Philippines) and Jovita Idar (Texas, US).

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The Neighborhood Project: Las Voces de Barelas Exhibit

The Neighborhood Project: Las Voces de Barelas is a community art initiative by Working Classroom student artists under the instruction of guest teaching artist Adria Malcolm which set out to explore the people of the historic Barelas area through the mediums of environmental portraiture and feature-writing. The project aims to bridge the gap between otherness and commonality through the sharing of the most vital elements of an individual’s story.

The project artists learned how to conduct thorough interviews, explored rapport building with subjects, and learned the basics of journalistic feature writing and portraiture. Las Voces de Barelas serves as a way for Working Classroom to give back and explore the community that it calls home and present stories of a shared human experience.

Día de los Muertos: Community Ofrenda Exhibit 2019

Each year the National Hispanic Cultural Center works with schools and community organizations to host an exhibit of ofrendas (altars) in celebration of Día de los Muertos.

The ofrendas will be placed throughout the Domenici Education Building and the Roy E. Disney Performing Arts Center. There is also a community ofrenda that you are welcome to contribute items in remembrance of your loved ones.  Keep in mind we are not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen. Please do not bring irreplaceable photographs or items.  We encourage photo copies.

This year we are working with 516 arts and are asking for a select number of submissions to be dedicated to the “Species in Peril” along the Rio Grande.

We can provide you with a list of plants and animals that are extinct or facing extinction along the Rio Grande.  For information on the exhibit at 516 Arts and programming https://www.516arts.org/


For more information about the call for entries to create an ofrenda for the exhibit, click HERE.

El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past

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 celebrates the work of  artists Baldomero Alejos (1924-1976) a photographer from Ayacucho; Ana de Orbegoso, a multimedia artist inspired by the Cuzco School, Pre-Colombian pottery and Peruvian history and identity; Kukuli Velarde, a ceramicist who addresses class racism, and exclusion  in her ceramics, and Lorry Salcedo, a photographer whose striking black and white images connect the Peruvian past to its present.   Each artist explores 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 in juxtaposition with examples of their historical antecedents.

Southwest of Eden: The Art of Adam and Eve

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.

Qué Chola

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.


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
Gaspar Enríquez
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!

NHCC Art Museum Closed for Renovations Jan. 28 to Feb. 25

The NHCC Art Museum is getting a fabulous new entrance! In order to maintain safety and protect the artwork, the museum will be closed between January 28 and February 25, 2019. The Art Museum will reopen in time for the opening reception for its upcoming exhibition, Que Chola!, which will take place on Friday, March 8, 6-9 pm. 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

During the time the museum is closed, visitors can still see Mundos de Mestizaje, Frederico Vigil’s fresco depicting thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history, every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm or by scheduling an appointment by calling 505-383-4774.