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Lecture by NM State Historian Rick Hendricks, Thursday, February 11 from noon to 1pm. Reservations required.

The years spanning the waning days of the Church in the Spanish period in New Mexico and the rise of the Mexican Church were marked by a crisis in vocations, a shortage of Catholic priests, and the replacement of the Franciscans, who had exercised a spiritual monopoly over the Hispano people of New Mexico for more than a century, with secular parish priests. This lecture will explore the origins of the priests who served in 19th century New Mexico and their attitudes to the changing world in which they lived.

Dr. Hendricks is a former editor of the Vargas Project at UNM and worked on the Durango Microfilming Project at NMSU where he also taught courses in colonial Latin American and Mexican history. He has written extensively on the history of the American Southwest and Mexico.

February 20 and 21, 2016, at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Traditional and innovative Spanish Colonial art, featuring over 100 artists (adult and youth), music, food and more. Now in its second year in Las Cruces, this two day event allows the public to interact personally with extraordinary artists, view their work and observe demonstrations of 400 years of Hispanic culture. Each piece is hand-made and becomes more meaningful when you get to know the tradition behind it, making it a more special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift. We hope you will bring family and friends to Market and join us February 20-21 to celebrate the 2nd YEAR OF LAS CRUCES SPANISH MARKET!

"Viva la Cultura" at the Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces, Friday February 19th, featuring Son Veracruz and La Rondalla de Albuquerque
This performance, from 7.30 to 9.00PM, kicks of Spanish Market weekend in Las Cruces. Thanks to our partners, the Rio Grande Theater and the Dona Ana Arts Council! Tickets available clicking on "Purchase Tickets" at top of this page.

Co-Sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society
These performances feature works by Ignacio Jerusalem and Santiago Billoni, including Jerusalem's Al Combate, an ode written in honor of King Charles III. This is the single largest piece of secular music known to survive from this period and is a paradigm of the Galant Style which proliferated in 18th Century New Spain
Friday, March 4th, 8 PM
Saturday, March 5th, 8 PM

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For the holiday season we are fortunate to have "Starry Night," a Nativity tableau of Córdova figurines collected by Santa Fe artist and designer Glynn Gómez. "Blue on Blue: Indigo and Cobalt in New Spain," and "Tradición, Devoción, y Vida: 80 Years of Black and White Photography in New Mexico and Mexico" continue through February 2016. 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’).

Indigo and Cobalt in New Spain

80 Years of Black and White Photography in New Mexico and Mexico


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