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Last Chance: African American Art in the 20th Century

Closes January 19, 2014

January 19 marks your last chance to come to the Museum and see our fabulous African American Art in the 20th Century exhibition. Featuring over 100 works from the premier collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition features artists who came to prominence during the period bracketed by the Harlem renaissance and the Civil Rights movement.

The exhibition officially closes on Sunday, January 19th.

African American Art in the 20th Century is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Alston & Bird, Amherst Holdings, LLC; Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation; Larry Irving and Leslie Wiley; the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund; Clarence Otis and Jacqui Bradley; and PEPCO.

The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

A special thank you to the Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, who has been the official sponsor for all educational programming for the African American Art in the 20th Century exhibition.

Now Open: Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture

December 21 to March 30, 2014

We are pleased to announce the opening of Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture, an exhibition thatrichly illustrates one of the most deeply embedded traditions in the history of Mexico – that of the charrería. One of Mexico’s most important cultural traditions, charrería stems from the Spanish inspired charreada – a festive event similar to an American rodeo. Embodying the very identity of the Mexican nation, the intricately hand-crafted objects included in this exhibition illuminate the rich history and culture surrounding the charro, or Mexican cowboy. Organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. more than 150 examples of superlative artisan craftsmanship and design distinctive to the charro, Arte en la Charrería features leather work, costumes, textiles, silver, and iron work that illustrate the life of these revered horsemen. The spectacular objects in Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture – many dating from the late 1800s – come from prestigious collections throughout Mexico and have rarely been seen outside of the country. From work attire to grand gala and etiquette suits, the exhibition reveals the care and to detail that has helped make the charro the keeper of a tradition that dates to the birth of a nation more than 500 years ago.

Arte en la Charrería is on view at the Albuquerque Museum from December 21, 2013 through March 30, 2014. A public reception will be held at 2 p.m. on January 4.

Arte en la Charrería is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Marisú González German and Gabriel Cabello Martinez.

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Also in January

Public Opening:
Arte en la Charreria

January 4, 2014, 2 – 5 p.m.

Charrería is a living tradition steeped in the history and culture of Mexico that embodies the craftsmanship of both rider and artisan. Join us for an opening day celebrating the history and pageantry of one of the most important cultural events in Mexico. Hear from collectors of the exhibition, whose personal history is immersed in the charrería. See ballet folklorico, traditional folk dances that are integral part of the event. Make your own artwork inspired by the artisanship of the costumes and accessories in the exhibition. Performances are at 2:30 & 3:30 pm (30 minute performances, repeated). Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana is a professional dance company that brings forth traditional dances of all regions of Mexico. The dances demonstrate a festive energy, rich and colorful costumes, and intricate choreography and foot work. ENjoy family art activities from 2 – 4 p.m.


January 4, 3 p.m.

Join Marisú Gonzales German and Gabriel Cabello Martinez for an introduction to the tradition of charrería. Gonzales German will also provide insight into the legend of China Poblana, a popular story surrounding the origin of a dress that is associated with the women of the charrería culture.

Talk: A Way Out of No Way: 19th Century African American Art

January 12, 1 p.m.

In this talk, Kirsten Pai Buick focuses on 19th century artists who lives spanned a time of watershed social changes from slavery to emancipation. Buick is an associate professor of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico.

Family Opera Program: Puccini and Popcorn

January 18, 2 p.m.

Parents and children of all ages are invited to join conductor and educator Oliver Prezant for an exploration of the world of opera, featuring talented local singers and opportunities for your creative participation. From the comic to dramatic, you will hear favorite arias beautifully performed, and learn how composers combine plot, character, words, and music to create operatic magic! This program is produced by Opera Southwest. To register go to

Special Events Volunteer Wanted

The Albuquerque Museum is looking for a Special Events Volunteer. Events volunteers will provide customer service and general support for Member Opening Preview Events and fundraising events. Most events take place on evenings and some weekends. Duties could include any of the following: greet members and welcome them during special events, check membership cards, take tickets, hand out name tags, hand out programs, and answer general questions. Volunteers may be required to dress in appropriate attire depending on the type of event. Please click here for additional information.

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Have lunch at the Museum, shop at the Gallery Store, and enjoy tours of the Museum, our Sculpture Garden, Old Town and more.

Museum Store 50% Off Sale

Everyone loves a great deal! Starting on Tuesday, January 7, many selected items throughout our Museum Store will be reduced to 50% off through January 19. As some of you
may know, the Store is about to undergo a wonderful transformation. This sale will begin the countdown to the 3 week closure of the Store for our much anticipated renovation beginning January 21. Hurry in to see if some of your favorite items are discounted!

The Museum Store will be closing on January 21 through mid-February for an interior remodel. We will re-open on February 14 just in time for Valentine’s Day and the Member Opening of the new Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 – 1898 exhibition. We will have new fixtures, features and an entirely fresh new look for the new year ahead!

3rd Thursday: Gospel Revival

Thursday, January 16 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

This month focuses on the closing exhibition, African American Art in the 20th Century. Gospel music has long been an influence on the African American community and its artists. Hear some of Albuquerque’s best gospel groups perform throughout the evening, and discover how gospel music has inspired and influenced America over time.

Albuquerque Museum offers free admission from 5 – 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. In addition to special programs, Museum exhibits will be open for viewing. “Happy Hour” specials in the Lobby Lounge and “Grab and Go” snacks are available from 5 – 7 p.m. from Slate at The Museum. The Gallery Store also offers evening hours for Third Thursday.

Art Start at the Museum

Starting in January, the Albuquerque Museum will be offering special gallery experiences designed for preschoolers (ages 3-5). The Art Start program introduces preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories, songs and play.

The schedule of Art Start classes for January through March is below:

JAN 8 Hear the Beat

JAN 22 All Things Shiny and Bright

FEB 12 Happy Trails

FEB 26 Mi Casa, Su Casa

MAR 12 Roots and Ancestors

MAR 26 This and That

Contact Theresa Sedillo at 505.243.7255 to make a reservation. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Tours are limited to 8 children and their caregiver. Regular admission fees apply. Art Start is a one hour gallery experience; it does not include art projects. Soon: Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 – 1898

Opens February 15

Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art. The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women’s sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors will open February 15 to the public. Be sure to look out for February’s e-news for more information!

Free Admission:
First Wednesday of each month

Every Sunday before 1 p.m.

Every 3rd Thursday of the month after 5 p.m.


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