New Mexico Association of Museums


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Upcoming events

    • 22 Nov 2015
    • 10:00 AM (MST)
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Museum of International Folk Art

    FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico

    In the Hispanic Heritage Wing

    November 22, 2015 - September 10, 2017

    Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense in-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music.

    The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opened November 22, 2015 and runs through September 10, 2017.  More than 150 objects are featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.

    Known as a folkloric art form that began among the Gypsy people of southern Spain, this exhibition traces Flamenco to its arrival in the U.S. and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. The exhibition features costumes, play bills, instruments, and paintings, complemented by lectures, workshops and performances. 

    Tracing flamenco’s journey from fifteenth and sixteenth century Spain to twentieth century Europe’s most cultured cities will be costumes both historic and contemporary, musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. These objects chronicle flamenco’s evolution from rural, folkloric tradition to elaborate staged productions incorporating extravagantly costumed dancers accompanied by virtuoso guitarists. The objects also trace flamenco’s transition to recording studios and the silver screen permitting it to gain a massive popular audience.

    Handed down from generation to generation, between family and community members living at society’s edges, flamenco incorporates historic dance and music traditions from Roman times to the Arabic period. Flamenco expresses a way of life shaped by a multitude of cultural and regional influences such as the Gitanos (Romany people) of Spain and Andalusian regional customs.

    In 2010, UNESCO declared flamenco a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This exhibition also examines Spain’s ferias and fiestas their introduction to the southwestern US, and the individuals who contributed to making flamenco a popular art form in this country. And as the exhibition title suggests, flamenco’s integration into New Mexico’s culture will be examined.

    This exhibition is the first ever to show the history and development of flamenco and its treasured role within the cultural milieu of New Mexico. The exhibition is accompanied by the book, The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, by Nicolasa Chávez (Museum of New Mexico Press, Jacketed hardbound $39.95 ISBN:978-0-89013-608-9, 192 pages, 86 color and 54 black-and-white photographs).

    • 03 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail

    Frank Buffalo Hyde: I-Witness Culture

    February 3, 2017 through January 7, 2018

    Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce) believes it is the artist’s responsibility to represent the times in which they live. Transforming street art techniques into fine art practices, his humorous and acerbic narrative artworks do exactly that. In I-Witness Culture, Hyde investigates the space where Native Americans exist today: between the ancient and the new; between the accepted truth and the truth; between the known and the unknown. Hyde, who created fourteen paintings and three sculptures for I-Witness, divides his contemporary narrative into three sections: Paranormal: The Truth is Out There; Selfie Skndns; and In-Appropriate.

    Pre-millennium, if you asked anyone if Native Americans existed, they would tell you only in the past, in black and white photos. They are almost extinct, they would say, and their lands are gone. If you ever meet one, ask if you can touch their hair, take a picture of them as proof that you actually saw one—like Bigfoot they exist beyond the scope of normal experience.

    Post-millennium, Native Americans are part of the digital age, the selfie age, where if something hasn’t been posted to social media, it never happened. We are sharing information at a rate that has never been possible before in human history: We no longer just experience reality; we filter reality through our electronic devices. Today’s Native artists use technology as a tool of Indigenous activism, a means to document, and a form of validation.

    In a nation obsessed with sameness—afraid of difference—popular culture homogenizes indigenous cultures, "honoring" us with fashion lines, misogynistic music videos, or offensive mascots and Halloween costumes. Today, these stereotypes and romantic notions are irrelevant as a new generation of Native American artists uses social media to let the world know who they are. Today, we are the observers, as well as the observed. We are here, we are educated, and we define Indian art.

    • 10 Feb 2017
    • 9:00 AM (MST)
    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104

    Katherine Jetter, leading expert in the opal industry, is our guest curator. This amazing exhibit features examples of Australian, Mexican, Ethiopian, and Peruvian opal, as well as some set jewels from Jetter’s collection.

    FREE with Museum admission.

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hubbard Museum of the American West, 26301 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346

    25 Years of the Hubbard Museum

    Since 1992, the Hubbard Museum has presented exhibits and programs which seek to preserve the heritage of the American West. Join us in celebrating the past 25 years and look forward to the future!

    Hours: Thursday-Monday, 9am-5pm

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • NM Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104

    Eperience the lost world of the dinosaurs in a state-of-the-art technological exhibit!  What was a day in the life of a dinosaur like?  How did they live?  What do fossils tell us about the ancient past?  Find out the answers to these questions and more!

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 8:00 AM (MDT)
    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington Museum, 3041 E Main St, Farmington, NM 87402

    Apr 15 – Sep 9           8am-5pm             Exhibition Dates

    The Green Revolution is a revolutionary exhibition with a minimal carbon footprint that allows host institutions and communities to be part of the green solution. Made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and its Black Creativity Council, the exhibition uses recycled and re-purposed materials to teach creative ways to reduce waste and conserve energy.

    Multiple hands-on learning stations give this exhibition a green light for families and school groups. Aiming to raise awareness of how small daily changes can impact our environment, it has something for everyone—as compelling for kids who are just learning about the subject to adults who have a more earnest environmental message to convey.

    The exhibition is FREE to the public. Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174 or visit

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Hubbard Museum of the American West, 26301 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346

    Summer Saturday Programs at the Hubbard Museum

    All Summer Saturday Programs* begin at 11:30am in the Cope Learning Center and are included with Museum admission.

    April 15: Navajo Weaving with Lynn Tanner

    • Lynn Tanner, of Ruidoso's Tanner Traditions, presents a lesson on the origins, art, and techniques of Navajo weaving.
    May 13: The Wyeth-Hurds
    • The museum's own Brittany Porter discusses the life of the famous art family and her experience working to get the family home and studios on the historic registers.
    June 10: O'Keeffe: Close Up and Far Away
    • Experience a first-person look at the life of another famous New Mexico resident artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.
    July 15: Frontier Weapons
    • John Ellert, Hubbard Museum docent, takes us on a journey to explore the craft and engineering of the weapons used on the American Frontier.
    August 12: "1912: A Musical Snapshot of America in the Year New Mexico Became a State"
    • Music tells the story of a time and place. Hear the musical stories of America the year New Mexico became a state.
    September 9: "Sopranos and Six-Shooters: Great Ladies of the Old Western Theatre"
    • Experience traveling theatre of the Old West.

    *Summer Saturday Programs are funded, in part, by the New Mexico Humanities Council
    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Salmon Ruins Museum, 6131 US-64, Bloomfield, NM 87413

    Salmon Ruins Museum

    Now Available for Viewing


    ​SATURDAY, MAY 20, 11am

    from above

    ​images from a storied land

    Photographs by


    Developed by:

    The Albuquerque Museum and Archaeology Southwest, Tucson (formerly the Center for Desert Archaeology).

    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hubbard Museum of the American West, 26301 US-70, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346

    Life & Art: The Wyeth-Hurd Family in the Hondo Valley

    See life in New Mexico and the Hondo  Valley through the eyes of the Wyeth-Hurd family. Exhibit features art, stories, and personal objects from the family archives.

    Reception: April 27th, 5pm-7pm

    Where: Hubbard Museum of the American West Mezzanine Gallery

    Guests will be treated to hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and a meet-and-greet with Michael Hurd.

    Adults: $7, Seniors & Military: $5; Ages 6-16 $2; Ruidoso Downs Residents: $1; Under 6 & Members: FREE

    • 02 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • TBD

    Farmington Museum Totah Festival Navajo Rug Auction

    September 2                           1pm                             Location TBD

    The Totah Foundation will host the 28th Annual Totah Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3. The Totah Festival is a juried art festival featuring Native American art from across the Southwest. The Festival began in 1988 as a marketplace for Native American artists to share their skills and craftsmanship with the community, visitors and each other. Today the Totah Festival features 100 artist booths, a Juried Art Competition, Contest Pow-Wow and an authentic Navajo Rug Auction.

    For additional information on the Totah Festival, contact the Farmington Museum at (505) 599-1174 or go online at

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM (MDT)
    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 5:00 PM (MST)
    • Farmington Museum, 3041 E Main St, Farmington, NM 87402

    Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition

     Sep 25 – Dec 2         8am-5pm           Exhibition Dates  Sep 23                       6pm-7pm           Juror Presentation   Sep 23                       7pm-9pm           Public Reception

    Join the Farmington Museum for our national juried art competition, Gateway to Imagination. This annual show attracts fine artists from across the country and will feature approximately 100 entries, including paintings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media.

    The exhibition is FREE to the public, and juror Julie Sasse, Chief Curator, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Curator of Latin American Art at the Tucson Museum of Art, will give a FREE presentation prior to the opening reception on September 23.

    For more information, including how to enter, please visit and use the keyword Farmington.

    Regular museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174 or go online at

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901

    Becoming a Champion for Museums

    Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc.

    Ultimately, a organization's true value is measured in its importance to its community. Stakeholders often learn of our impact (and engage in our work) through efforts in sharing messages about our role and importance to community life. This is part of our job description as museum professionals and is a year-round activity that extends beyond policymakers and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn how to effectively make your case, from the basics of the process, to creating a plan to articulate message, and to engaging  stakeholders in the cause.

    Dates and Locations:

    October 3, 2017 Lubbock

    October 5, 2017 El Paso

    Workshop 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    (registration is at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided)

    The fee is $35 and includes lunch.

    Register Here

Past events

13 May 2017 Salmon Ruins Museum Free Annual Guided Dinétah Tour
19 Apr 2017 How to Save a Mermaid
13 Apr 2017 “Listen, Welcome, Co-Create”
14 Mar 2017 Project Management for Museum Professionals
07 Feb 2017 Reflecting on Practice: Working with Diverse Learners and Motivation for Learning
17 Dec 2016 Technicolor Dreaming: Psychedelic Posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
19 Nov 2016 Redress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd
16 Nov 2016 Fossil Discoveries in the New Panama Canal
16 Nov 2016 2016 NMAM Annual Conference
27 Oct 2016 Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation
09 Sep 2016 The Art of the Book
03 Sep 2016 Farmington Museum Totah Festival Navajo Rug Auction
04 Aug 2016 The Pottery of Mata Ortiz
30 Jul 2016 Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners
03 Jul 2016 Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century & Peregrine Falcon: From Endangered Species to Urban Bird
15 Jun 2016 Lock, Stock and Barrel: Firearms Collecting for Museums Webinar
13 May 2016 Becoming a Global Artist
07 May 2016 Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition
03 May 2016 Arsenic and Old Lace: Controlling Hazardous Collection Materials Webinar
15 Apr 2016 Farmington Museum Foundation Benefit Navajo Rug Auction
02 Apr 2016 What Is It Worth? – Southwest Textiles Appraisal & A Brief History of Navajo Weaving
22 Mar 2016 Designing Exhibits for Gender Equity
27 Feb 2016 2016 NMAM Conference Call for Session Proposals
16 Feb 2016 Of Museums, Specimens and Maps: How Collections Help Conservation in a Time of Extinction
13 Feb 2016 Joseph Chavez - The Art of Painting Saints
11 Feb 2016 Citizen Science: The Power and the Potential
09 Feb 2016 Reframing the Problem: Caring for Framed Objects in Small Institutions (aka: On a Budget)
05 Feb 2016 Understanding Audiences and Visitors Workshop
30 Jan 2016 Ansel Adams Masterworks: From the Collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park
29 Jan 2016 New Mexico Vernacular: Architectural Portraits by Robert Christensen
21 Nov 2015 Festival of the Trail
18 Nov 2015 2015 NMAM Annual Conference
03 Oct 2015 Farmington Museum Chautauqua Presentation Series
02 Oct 2015 An American Modernism
02 Oct 2015 Signe Stuart: Fifteen
19 Sep 2015 Native New Mexico
11 Sep 2015 Georgia O'Keeffe in Process
05 Sep 2015 Cleveland Millfest
25 Aug 2015 Navajo Weaving Class at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
14 Aug 2015 Gustave Baumann and New Mexico
08 Aug 2015 Cowboy Poetry & Song
07 Aug 2015 Old Lincoln Days
05 Aug 2015 RE-ORG: Step-by-step Storage Reorganization for Small Museums Webinar
01 Aug 2015 Cattle Drives and Cowpunchers
25 Jul 2015 The Jumanos, Tiwas, & Tompiros of the Salinas District - An Anthropological Celebration
19 Jul 2015 Archaeology of the Lincoln County War
27 Jun 2015 Music From the Ranch and the Open Range Chautauqua Presentation
24 Jun 2015 San Juan Day
18 Jun 2015 Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories
13 Jun 2015 Outdoor Movies at the Museum
11 Jun 2015 Connecting to Collections Care Webinar - Preservation Metrics Today: Heritage Health Information and Preservation Statistics
06 Jun 2015 Farmington Museum Annual Summer Terrace Music Series
09 May 2015 Farmington Museum Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition
01 May 2015 After Disasters: Salvage and Recovery in Small to Mid-Sized Museums and Libraries
18 Apr 2015 Farmington Museum Foundation Benefit Navajo Rug Auction
02 Apr 2015 UBC Online Workshop - Digital Culture & Museums
05 Mar 2015 Connecting to Collections Care: Simplifying Preservation Planning Using Worksheets
05 Mar 2015 Joe Sando Symposium For Pueblo Indian Studies
23 Feb 2015 Centers, Networks, Projects & People: The Expanding Ecosystem of Informal (and Formal) STEM Education
18 Feb 2015 Summer of Color - Santa Fe
29 Jan 2015 Changes Afoot: Connection to Collections - Becoming Connected to Collections Care
16 Oct 2014 Dr. Dave Warren and the Transformation of Cultural Studies Symposium
08 Sep 2014 Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
14 May 2014 4th International Mountmakers Forum
05 May 2014 Museums Without Walls: Next-Generation Digital Outreach
01 May 2014 Preserving Scrapbooks Free Webinar
29 Apr 2014 Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives Free Webinar
11 Apr 2014 When, Why & Where Does the Public Learn Science: An Ecosystem Approach
02 Apr 2014 TAM & NMAM Annual Meeting

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