November 11, 2016 - April 3, 2017
Gift of Barbara and Gary Ames 2015.057
An image of La Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows) stands out among the six remarkable colonial paintings, four from New Spain and two from Alto Peru, on view. Signed by the celebrated 18th century Mexican painter Miguel Cabrera, the painting of Our Lady is an expertly executed oil on copper panel that shows off the artist’s masterly handling of paint and brush. Painter to the archbishop, Cabrera (1695-1768) was responsible for many of the altar screens in the churches of Mexico City, and was one of the elite group of five painters selected by the Archbishop to examine the tilma of (recently canonized) Saint Juan Diego on which appeared the miraculous image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Another outstanding painting executed in a more regional style depicts several scenes from the life of Samson, known for his great strength and his heroic battles against the Philistines. A scene of the Poisoning of St. Benedict appears to be the work of a 17th century taller (workshop), possibly that of José Juárez, a member of the influential colonial Rodríguez-Juárez family of artists. St. Benedict’s face is beautifully and expressively rendered, revealing the sorrow and disappointment brought about by his betrayal. These and other paintings are complemented by a beautiful 18th century estofado (gilded and painted) sculpture of St. Joseph, an ornately decorated stamped leather chest created by Frank Erpelding-Chacón and René Zamora and a delicate straw appliqué cross by Krissa López.
Other contemporary artists included in the exhibition are Alfred Blea, Monica Sosaya Halford, Cruz López, Onofre Lucero, Nicolás Madrid, Rachael Roybal-Montoya, Nicolás Otero, Felipe Rivera, Cleo Romero, Arlene Cisneros Sena, Lisa Trujillo, and Nina Arroyo Wood.
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art was established in 2002 by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society to showcase its collections of over 3500 colonial and contemporary works. The focus of its collection is the traditional art of Hispanic New Mexico, Spain and other Spanish colonies from the colonial period up until today. The Society and the Museum help to preserve, promote, and educate the public about the colonial art of New Mexico and beyond and its related cultures and living traditions.
Peruvian Colonial Art
The Beltrán-Kropp Art Collection from Peru Online Exhibition
Based on the will and estate inventory of trader and merchant Don Manuel Delgado (d. 1815), this room is filled with objects from around the world that found their way up the Camino Real to New Mexico. Chinese porcelains, Spanish and Mexican talavera, silver from Puebla, and painted wooden chests from Michoacán, were all pieces that could be found side by side with New Mexican-made colcha embroideries, trasteros, bancos and santos in the homes of nuevomexicanos.
Although geographically remote, colonial and 19th century New Mexican artists did not work in a vacuum. Statues and paintings from Mexico and South America, silver from Bolivia, hair combs from Spain, reliquaries from New Spain—all of these items were brought to New Mexico by Spanish settlers and used as models and inspiration for the artists of New Mexico. This gallery shows the connections to be found among art forms throughout the Spanish colonial world and that continue today.
Mentored by adult artists, the artists of the Youth Market carry on the traditional art forms into the future. These remarkable youth create silver jewelry, colorful textiles, tin frames, bultos, retablos and more. Also featured is the video, Nine Hispanic Artists, that shows contemporary artists demonstrating the creation of each of the traditional art forms found in Spanish Market.
Youth Artist Poster Award Recipient The First to Greet the Stranger, the Animals Around the Manger 2015 by Nicolas Sosaya Halford (age 13) 2015 Spanish Market Youth Artist Poster Award Recipient
Members’ Opening Reception, Friday, November 6, 5-7pm.
Public opening Saturday, November 7
Lecture by Glynn Gomez, 2pm, by Museum admission "Glynn Gomez and the Quest for Starry Night"
A ‘SUMMER OF COLOR’ EXHIBITION
Through February 28, 2016
Blue on Blue explores the use and importance of blue dyes and pigments in colonial life in New Mexico and New Spain. From images of the Virgin Mary to household blankets, ceramics and friar’s habits, blue was an integral part of the colonial world. The desire for blue-and-white ceramics led to nearly 300 years of production for the workshops of New Spain that joined cobalt blue with a mayólica glaze to imitate Chinese porcelains. Indigo was widely used by weavers and was the prominent color in most colonial Hispanic textiles, and was traded to the Navajo for use in their weavings. The pervasive popularity of blue over the centuries is reflected in a diverse array of stunning pieces.Blue on Blue: INDIGO AND COBALT IN NEW SPAIN Online Exhibition
Featuring black and white photographs from the collection of Anne and William Frej
Through February 28, 2016
This exhibition, largely drawn from the holdings of local collectors William and Anne Frej, highlights the works of some of the greatest modernist and twentieth century photographers to have worked in New Mexico and Mexico. It includes modernists such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lola Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, John Collier, Laura Gilpin, Marianna Yampolsky and Myron Wood. In addition to these, highly important and more contemporary photographers such as David Michael Kennedy, Norman Mauskopf, Miguel Gandert, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Humberto Suaste, Alicia Ahumada, Antonio Turok and Nancy Hunter Warren are also included.
For more information please contact David Setford, Director, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, email@example.com