The Weavers of Chimayó
Tour with Dr. Helen Lucero
Saturday, May 14th 9-3pm
In the early 1800s the Spanish government initiated efforts to expand northern New Mexico’s weaving industry. In a pre-tour briefing at the Museum, Dr. Helen R. Lucero, co-author of Chimayó Weaving, will explain how Río Grande Hispanic weaving continued to be transformed throughout the 1800s and into the present. Using textiles in the exhibit Chimayó: A Pilgrimage Through Two Centuries, Dr. Lucero will help tour participants recognize the characteristics of Chimayó weavings that will be seen at Ortega’s Weaving Shop and Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayó. Lucero, a one time a weaver, is related to the families of both shops and is widely known for her work as Curator of Hispanic Folk Art at The Museum of International Folk Art. COST: $65 members/$75 non-members. Transportation and lunch at El Rancho de Chimayó included.
Workshop with Marie Romero Cash
Saturday, May 14, 9am-3:30pm
An artist's enrichment workshop. Community and Spanish Market artists are invited to learn the art of retablo making.
Limited availability. Please call 982-2226 to reserve a seat.
$100 workshop fee.
The Lure for Modernists
Lecture by David Setford:
The Santuario and Other Northern New Mexican Churches: The Lure for Modernists
Thursday, June 9, 12-1pm
This lecture will look at why so many Northern New Mexico churches — including the Santuario at Chimayó, Ranchos de Taos, Las Trampas and others — attracted so many fine artists and photographers, including artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, George Bellows, Jozef Bakos and Gustave Baumann.
David F. Setford is Executive Director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the parent organization of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Spanish Markets. Mr. Setford’s interest in modernism in the Southwest originated at the Norton Museum of Art where he was Chief Curator in the 1990s. In 1999, he curated a traveling exhibition on George Bellows’s Winter Paintings, and he has written on many other modernists. He recently curated Tradición, Devoción y Vida: 80 Years of Black and White Photography in New Mexico and Mexico at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
Entrance by Museum admission; members free. Reservations recommended.
Our Current Exhibits
The permanent galleries reflect the Museum’s inaugural topic of ‘Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art,’ with A World of Art, The Delgado Room, and The Beltrán-Kropp Collection of Peruvian Colonial Art. Each of these small exhibitions explores the connections between the traditional art of New Mexico and the greater colonial world. The Youth Gallery features an on-going changing exhibition of work by youth artists in Spanish Market. (see ‘Museum Exhibits’).
Chimayó: a Pilgrimage through Two Centuries
Opening March 19, 2016 thru April 9, 2017
For 200 years, the town of Chimayó in the mountains of northern New Mexico, has attracted and inspired artists, weavers and pilgrims. On the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Santuario de Chimayó, this exhibit explores the history and art of one of the crown jewels of colonial New Mexico. A pilgrimage destination for the faithful and secular alike, the Santuario is here in part owing to efforts of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society to save this beloved chapel. Photographs, paintings, bultos, retablos, and textiles illustrate the rich spiritual and artistic legacy of today's Chimayó.