April 13 – October 20, 2019
Josef B. Diaz, Chief Curator | Jana Gottshalk, Curator
Paul Pletka: Converging Faiths in the New World Press Release
Long term exhibition
The exhibition Trade & Trails discusses and illustrates some of the numerous objects that traveled these trails to the far northern frontier, as well as objects that were traded from the Native communities around the Spanish settlements. From the Manila Galleons, the Camino Real, and the Santa Fe Trail, Spanish settlers were well-supplied with ideas for their artistic output from items such as prints, sculptures and paintings, and textiles. Tools and materials with which to create their art included items as diverse as hacksaws, sheet tin, fine woven fabrics, and iron. Trade with Native American communities clearly shows cross-cultural influences, as in the religious paintings on hides tanned by Plains Indians and used as canvas by Pueblo Indians painting for the Franciscan friars.
Outside and adjacent to the museum building are the visible ruts of the Santa Fe Trail (with labels provided by the National Park Service) that help to illustrate the arduous journey traveled by intrepid settlers, merchants and entrepreneurs throughout the colonial period and into the 20th century.
Peruvian Colonial Art
Please click on the link below for more information regarding each of the items in the Beltrán- Kropp Collection.
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.
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
May 4, 2018 - March 29, 2019
Jana Gottshalk, Curator
GenNext Press Release
GenNext Reboot Press Release
November 11, 2017 - April 20, 2018
Jana Gottshalk, Curator
By juxtaposing historical and contemporary pieces of identical subject matter, we can better understand the aspirations of the past, and the natural progression and evolution of art produced in New Mexico. Saints are the ultimate time travelers as they exist both in the past and present.
May 6, 2017 - October 29,2017
“Innovation within Tradition” is a juried category at the annual Traditional Spanish Market, held every summer on Santa Fe’s plaza. Artists juried into this category were invited to submit works “In the Spirit of Frida.” The artists whose works are represented here clearly draw upon their strong foundation in the traditional arts of New Mexico, but their creative impulse has led them to experiment with new materials, subject matter and design. Luis Tapia, who participated in Spanish Market in the mid 1970s, was one of the first nuevomexicano artists to challenge the boundaries between traditional and contemporary art and to take his work in the direction of political, social and religious commentary. The works in this gallery beautifully illustrate the fluidity between tradition and innovation, as well as being a remarkable tribute to Frida as an icon and an artist.
Price: $1000 per tour
Private Tours led by Guest Curator Penelope Hunter-Stiebel or Executive Director David Setford of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. Fifteen people maximum. Tours are subject to availability. Call to inquire about additional lunch or reception with the Director. Contact: David Setford at 505-982-2226 ext 108 or Valerie Kendall at 505-982-2226 ext 106
May 6, 2017 - October 29,2017
Penelope Hunter-Siebel, Guest Curator
On loan from Throckmorton Fine Art, New York
Kahlo learned the power of the medium as a teenager assisting her father, a well known photographer, in the dark room. She used the camera in the hands of photojournalists, friends and lovers, to record her passion for her husband, the great muralist Diego Rivera, to her agonizing physical decline. In the process she defined the image that would be the principle subject of her own art.
The photography exhibition originated at Throckmorton Fine Art, New York. For the Santa Fe venue the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art has added a selection of large scale photographs by William Frej conveying the ambiance of the Casa Azul, the Kahlo family home and now the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, and a group of works created in homage to Frida by innovative artists from Santa Fe’s Spanish Market.
“Frida Kahlo, known for her paintings, was no stranger to the camera. She was one of the most photographed women of her generation, emanating her sensuality, personal fashion and unique beauty….” The Washington Post
Love Letters to Frida
The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project (MPPP) is pleased to announce our 2017 summer fundraiser, Nacha Mendez performs: Love Letter to Frida.
Accompanied by cellist Chase Morrison and violinists Sitara Schauer and Carla Kountoupes, Nacha Mendez will perform a music and spoken word homage to Frida Kahlo. Fifteen letters were commissioned from around the world after Nacha embarked on a creative journey to discover why the singer Chavela Vargas would burn all the letters Frida Kahlo had sent to her. What volatile emotion drives someone to sever ties, get rid of any evidence of a relationship, and yet still call it love?
To purchase tickets and learn more click Love Letters to Frida
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.
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
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.
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"
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, firstname.lastname@example.org