Information about exhibitions, artist resources, educational materials, and more!
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NHCC Art Museum and Visual Arts Program
Celebrate artworks and artists from diverse Latino experiences through the NHCC Art Museum! The galleries feature artworks from the permanent collection, the Community Art Gallery dedicated to highlighting New Mexico’s artists, and rotating exhibitions. We also offer a robust schedule of educational programs for children, families, and adults of all ages.
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Aquí Estamos: New Selections from the Permanent Collection
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.
This 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.
This exhibition 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.
The New Bosque Gallery at National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be 730 feet in length (roughly 2 ½ times the size of a football field). This beautiful open-air gallery space runs along the Bosque Trail to the east of the Rio Grande just south of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Avenues.
Bosque Gallery exhibitions will be mounted on the exterior wire fencing owned by the NHCC. Exhibitions rotate between the key program areas, and will include topics supporting the NHCC’s Mission including History and Literary Arts, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts. The Bosque Gallery exhibits will be accessible, bilingual, and inclusive. The Bosque Trail is highly trafficked with cyclists, joggers, and walkers. These groups of visitors include families and individuals.
An online exhibit of artwork created by Albuquerque High School students under the direction of four teachers. The work was created at the end of the spring semester, after schools closed across New Mexico in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
An exhibition at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum that opened on March 8, 2019 and closed on August 4, 2019. The exhibition celebrated Cholas and homegirls in art and popular culture as symbols of feminine strength and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and economic adversity.
In April 2019, we made lemonade out of lemons in the Art Museum. Not real lemonade, because food and drink aren’t allowed in the Museum!
We were expecting construction, and to keep the art safe, it had to be put in storage. We took the families participating in our Saturday program, Vamos al Museo into the Museum to look at blank walls. Crazy right?! It turned in to one of our favorite art making experiences during this program. Our source for art making inspiration were the wall labels that accompany the art, written by our curators which often include statements from the artists. Art makers from age 2 – 80 years old participated.
Click HERE and find three wall labels from popular art pieces in the museum. What clues do these labels give you about the art?
We hope artists of all ages will participate by creating art inspired by this text. Please use what ever you have at home. Post your art and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @nhccnm #nhccnmart or snap a pic and email to firstname.lastname@example.org Include the name and age of the artist. All ages, experience and styles are encouraged.
We will repost your creations on our social media platforms and reveal what the pieces in the collection look like soon, so check back! No google searches, only imagination required!
Today we are inspired by three artists,Cristina González, Jacob Sisneros and Paula Castillo. These artists have created large metal sculptures that create beautiful shadows and can be found on the NHCC campus. We hope their use of shapes and the sun inspire you to create your own sombra art!
Please share your art or shadow experiments with us! Tag us @nhccnm or make our staff really happy and email us some photos at ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Art Project: Straw Appliqué
Make something! We are inspired by Straw Appliqué. This art form can be as simple or as complex as you want and it is always beautiful. We are presenting an activity that is a simple version that you can do en your casa.
Today we are inspired by “A Slice of American Pie,” by artist Luis Eligio Tapia. This piece is part of our permanent collection funded through the Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts, a division fo the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
In 2017, during our family art making summer program, participants were inspired by Luis’ painted Cadillac and created their own designs for artistic cars. Click HERE to download the Cadillac coloring sheet to create your own!
For the Luis Eligio Tapia‘s Cadillac Art Project click HERE
The NHCC’s Visual Arts Program collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets Hispanic works of art from New Mexico and throughout the world, including through an 11,000 square-foot Art Museum.