9 am to 9 pm
On October 14th we will present a beginning-to-end, marathon reading of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima in the NHCC art museum, where an exhibit about the novel continues through November 11th. Dignitaries, luminaries, public school students, writers, readers, NHCC staff and volunteers, and community members will read from the novel, each for 15 minutes, during this day-long event. Enjoy refreshments, tour the exhibit, and listen to this great American novel.
Free with museum admission
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
6 pm – 12 am
In 2017, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Maravilla, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, will highlight the vibrant and rich culture of Colombia.
Maravilla provides direct support to the NHCC and its Foundation to promote, preserve and advance Hispanic arts, culture and humanities, while providing a unique cultural experience to attendees. Una Noche en Colombia, an amazing night on the Center’s Plaza Mayor, will offer an extraordinary opportunity for attendees to enjoy Colombian music, culture, arts, dance and cuisine through performances, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Please join us in making this night at the NHCC a truly memorable experience! This is a black tie event.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling 505-246-2661.
6 pm to 8 pm
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. Check www.nhccnm.org for details on related programs, talks and tours.
This is a free event open to the public.
6 pm to 8 pm
Each spring, New Mexico communities celebrate San Ysidro (aka San Isidro or Saint Isidore) the patron saint of farmers, gardeners, and workers. San Ysidro blesses the fields, brings rain and discourages drought, and assures a healthy growing season for local crops such as chile, beans, corn and squash.
The exhibition highlights contemporary and traditional depictions of this adored saint through approximately 65 art works by artists of all ages. New Mexican artist revere San Ysidro and a unique sense of place is reflected through these diverse interpretations of his image.
The NHCC is collaborating with numerous community members and organizations throughout the duration of this exhibition which runs through planting and harvesting seasons. Please check back for details on related programs, talks and tours.
Free community event
2 pm to 4 pm
Join us for the opening reception of ¡Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte! which celebrates the NHCC Art Museum’s growing permanent collection with a revitalized vibe and a brand new selection of works. This exhibition was a collaborative project as the entire NHCC Visual Arts staff and interns combed through the collection and worked together to decide which pieces should welcome in 2017. This sampling explores the contributions of these artists and how each work can serve as a reminder of the heart that thrives in strong and resilient communities.
The collection contains over 2,500 artworks by Hispanic, Chicana/o, and Latina/o, artists from around the globe most of which have been generously donated to the museum by artists and collectors. It reflects the diversity of Latina/o art and expression in all of its vibrancy, creativity, pointed humor and social consciousness. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum exists to support and engage the work of these artists and share their creations and their stories with the broader community.
Free community event
Hispanic Culture Day, co-hosted by Senator Peter Wirth and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Foundation, will begin with a joint session of the New Mexico State Senate and the New Mexico House of Representatives in the House Chambers. It will be followed by a ticketed luncheon at Hotel Eldorado honoring Rep. Monica Youngblood and Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria for their tremendous advocacy for and in support of Hispanic cultures and communities.
The keynote speaker for the Hispanic Culture Day Joint Session is Dr. Arturo Madrid, the T. Frank and Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus at Trinity University. Dr. Madrid will give a talk titled, “No llegamos ayer: art, culture, and memory in New Mexico.” The event also will include Afro-Latino music and dance by Frank Leto and his musical group PANdemonium and Pilar Leto and her dance group Odara Dance Ensemble.
The luncheon is presented by Molina Healthcare and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, and will include remarks from Sen. Wirth, Rep. Youngblood and Sen. Candelaria, as well as the NHCC’s Executive Director Rebecca Avitia and NHCC Foundation’s Director Anna Sanchez. The luncheon will also include entertainment from Ehactl Aztec Dancers and musical group Luz de Luna.
Dr. Madrid is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of the University of New Mexico (1960), and a professor emeritus with Trinity University. In addition to serving as the founding president of the Tomás Rivera Center, the nation’s first institute for policy studies on Latino issues, Dr. Madrid has also held academic and administrative appointments at Dartmouth College, The University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota and has served as Director of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the Minority Institutions Science Improvement Program (MISIP) in the U.S. Department of Education and National Director of the Ford Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship Program for Mexican Americans, Native Americans and Puerto Ricans.
For more information on luncheon tickets or sponsorship, contact Anna Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-383-4782.
2 pm to 5 pm
Instituto Cervantes presents an exhibition in four parts, paying homage to Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, and commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death.
The first part, “Quijotes del celuloide,” displays posters from various movies made about Don Quixote over the years. The second, “Don Quixote Quotes,” comprises universal quotes regarding the influence of Cervantes’ work on English literature. “Back to Barataria,” the third part, is a journey around the southern states in the U.S., with pictures of streets and other places with names taken from the novel, and the fourth part is an exhibition of 400 drawings by New Mexico students.
Free public event
The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Research Library and Archives is pleased to announce that the Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection consisting of papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera documenting the illustrious career of the Honorable Mari-Luci Jaramillo, former Ambassador to Honduras; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Latin America; civil rights activist; and educator, will soon be available for research and study. Join us for the opening reception and exhibition of items from the collection, on November 18th, 2016 at 6pm in the History and Literary Arts Building.
Free community event
Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center for an unveiling and dedication of Reynaldo “Sonny” Rivera’s sculptural bust of Rudolfo Anaya in the Center’s History and Literary Arts Library from 6 to 7 pm, in advance of the Center’s presentation of Mr. Anaya’s work The Season of La Llorona in the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Generously donated by Mr. Anaya, the sculpture was accepted as a general acquisition of the NHCC by its Board of Directors in August 2016, and will be on display in the History and Literary Arts Library. The sculpture is the original prototype from which bronzed busts of Mr. Anaya have been reproduced; the latter currently reside at the Albuquerque Museum and the Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The installation of Mr. Anaya’s portrait in the Library and this dedication were made possible thanks to the generous support of New Mexico Mutual.
Free community event
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