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.

Braceros Exhibit

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This exhibit is free and open to the public 

Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM

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Now, you can also purchase the catalog for this incredible exhibit.

Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM examines race and identity in New Mexico and is a space for artistic expression that grapples with the complexities of who we are, how we are understood, and how that impacts the way we live (or don’t) in a variety of places.  The exhibition features approximately 26 newly created artworks by artists with different experiences in New Mexico alongside works from the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s permanent collection. All of the artworks delve into  race and place through an intersectional lens alongside gender, sexuality, class, nationality, citizenship status, etc. from local, national, and international perspectives.

This museum exhibition included much contemplation by the Visual Arts program staff and interns about what it might look like to create an exhibit that relinquished a bit of institutional control and placed it in the hands of the artists. Many of the works were not seen in their completed form until just weeks before the opening. The process continues to be a learning experience and the hope is to maintain an environment of openness and education, for the staff and our visitors, even after the exhibition closes.

We are so honored to work with this amazing group of artists.

Invited artists include: Adelina Cruz, Adriana Ortiz-Carmona, Apolo Gomez Autumn Chacon, Aziza Murray, Baochi Zhang, Brandee Caoba, Corey Pickett, Cynthia Cook, Earl McBride, Ehren Kee Natay, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Eric-Paul Riege, Erin Currier, Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Grace Rosario Perkins, Hamed Marwan, Jami Porter Lara, Jessica Chao, Joanna Keane Lopez, John Boyce, Lucrecia Troncoso, Monica Kennedy, Nanibah Chacon, Rose B. Simpson, and Zahra Marwan.

Artists from the permanent collection include: Ana Laura de la Garza, Annie Lopez, Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO), Carlos Cortéz, Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, Delilah Montoya, Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Eric J. Garcia, Ester Hernández, Jason Garcia, Nicolás de Jesús, Noni Olabisi, Pamela Enriquez-Courts, Rosana Paulino, Rupert Garcia, Scherezade Garcia, Vincent Valdez, Yreina D. Cervantez.

Artwork credits: Clockwise from upper left: Corey Pickett, Las Mujeres (1 of 3), 2018. Wood, foam, fabric, repurposed purses. Approximately 83” h. x 108” w. x 6” d; Zahra Marwan, The desert knows me well, the night, the paper, and the pen (1 of 2), 2018. Watercolor and ink on paper. Two panels, approximately 11” h. x 15” w. each; Erin Currier, New Mexico Guadalupe, 2018. Mixed-media collage and acrylic on panel. Approximately 48” h. x 36” w; Ehren Kee Natay, Listening, 2018. Digital photography and  dye-sublimation on aluminum. Approximately, 30” h. x 24” w.

High School Art Exhibit: Opening Reception

2 pm – 4 pm

This exhibit, which runs through May 14, will feature artwork created by students from Albuquerque High School and Volcano Vista High School in response to the beloved novel by Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima (1972). The students’ work, also inspired by the novel, compliments the artwork featured in the NHCC Art Museum La Ultima Exhibición, which runs through November 11, 2018.
Free public event

Opening Reception for People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements

Opening Reception: 5:30 pm
History and Literary Arts Building
Exhibition Dates: April 6 – October 19, 2018

Curated by Humans of New Mexico, this exhibition opens the day before our annual Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Festival and features photo portraits and first person stories of everyday New Mexicans and their experiences in social movements. The intent of the exhibition is to engage community in conversation about the ways social movements have shaped and defined New Mexico and the way New Mexicans have influenced social justice work beyond our state borders. There is a rich tradition of social justice initiatives in New Mexico. These serve as unique case studies promoting grass-roots, distinctive solutions based on the philosophy of people power. This exhibit is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and voice the everyday practices of resistance. Agency through testimonials is at the heart of “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.”

People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements

Curated by Humans of New Mexico, this exhibition features photo portraits and first person stories of everyday New Mexicans and their experiences in social movements. The intent of the exhibition is to engage community in conversation about how social movements have shaped and defined New Mexico and how New Mexicans have influenced social justice work beyond our state borders. There is a rich tradition of social justice initiatives in New Mexico. These serve as unique case studies promoting grass-roots, distinctive solutions based on the philosophy of people power. This exhibit is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and voice the everyday practices of resistance. Agency through testimonials is at the heart of “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.”

The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

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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.

Seeing Double: Paired Perspective Museum Tours

2 pm

Join us on Saturday, August 12 at 2 pm for a special tour of the NHCC Art Museum’s exhibition, Outstanding in His Field: San Ysidro—Patron Saint of Farmers. 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 Robin Gavin, Chief Curator of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and Sean Paloheimo, Director of Operations at Las Golondrinas, who will discuss San Ysidro and the exhibit as a whole from an artistic, agricultural, and cultural perspective.

The price of admission allows access to the entire museum, so come a little early or stay a little late to see everything!
$6 ($5 for New Mexico residents)

Special Thank You to our sponsor the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Poster Art Exhibit: Event Posters 2001-2017

Welcome to an exhibition of posters created by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in support of various and numerous events over the last 16 years. Each of the Center’s programs creates and presents events in conjunction with our mission. This exhibit will run from July to December 2017 in the History and Literary Arts Building. It is free and open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 10 am–5 pm and the 1st Saturday of the Month, 1 pm–5 pm.

The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!)

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The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!) celebrates this popular art form with over 175 examples from Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico. Traditional and iconic works, alongside creations by contemporary piñata artists, illustrate how piñatas maintain their historical and social importance while also reflecting transnational shifts in popular, political, and visual culture.

If you love this exhibit, you’ll also love the new piñata-themed dish towels created by Kei & Molly Textiles. The design comes in six different colors (Raspberry, Green, Turquoise, Navy, Burnt Orange, and Squash), four of which are exclusive to the NHCC! Each dish towel is $12 and 50% of the proceeds benefit the NHCC Art Museum. Get yours today or find out more by contacting Tey Marianna Nunn at tey.nunn@state.nm.us or 505-246-2261.