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New Mexico Museum of Art

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New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM
Venue Type: Museum


Ancestral Spirits, John SloanJohn Sloan, Ancestral Spirits,
1919, oil on canvas, 28 x 24 in
© New Mexico Museum of Art
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Holy Week in New Mexico, William Penhallow HendersonWilliam Penhallow Henderson,
Holy Week in New Mexico,
1919, oil on panel, 36x46 in
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Dance at Taos, Ernest Leonard BlumenscheinErnest Leonard Blumenschein, Dance at Taos,
1923, oil on canvas, 27 x 30 in
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Que Bono?, Gerald CassidyGerald Cassidy, Que Bono?,
c. 1911, oil on canvas, 104 x 58
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Suspension, Raymond JonsonRaymond Jonson, Suspension,
1935, oil on canvas, 50 x 44
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Scissors, Frederick HammersleyFrederick Hammersley, Scissors,
1989, oil on linen cloth, 14 x 11 in
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Washington Landscape with Peace Medal Indian, T.C. CannonT.C. Cannon,
Washington Landscape with Peace Medal Indian,
1976, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 46
© New Mexico Museum of Art
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August 14th - January 3rd, 2016 Gustave Baumann and New Mexico
Gustave Baumann
August 14th - January 3rd, 2016 That Multitudes May Share: Building the Museum of Art
March 6th - September 20th Colors of the Southwest
Gustave Baumann, Louise Crow, Andrew Dasburg, Robert Daughters, Eddie Dominguez, Fremont F. Ellis, William Penhallow Henderson, Victor Higgins, Kate Krasin, Dorothy Morang, Helmuth Naumer, Sheldon Parsons, Warren E. Rollins, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie
Oct, 2015 An American Modernism : Painting and Photography
Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Cady Wells, Edward Weston
Sep, 2015 The Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, 2015 (Governor's Gallery)
Sep, 2015 Looking Forward Looking Back
Eleanor Antin, Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Juane Quick-to See-Smith, Beatrice Wood
Sep, 2015 O’Keeffe in Process
Georgia O’Keeffe
Tue-Sun 10-5; Fri 10-8; Summer - also open Mon 10-5
(505) 476-5072
505) 476-5059
$6/New Mexico residents (Sundays free for NM residents) $9/non-residents Children 16 and under are always free
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The New Mexico Museum of Art is a unit of the Museum of New Mexico, which also includes the Museum of International Folk Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

The New Mexico Museum of Art building dates only to 1917, but its architects looked to the past, and based the design on the 300 year-old mission churches at Acoma and other pueblos.

It shares the graceful simplicity of pueblo architecture and the sense of being created from the earth. In turn, the building established the Pueblo Spanish Revival style of architecture, for which Santa Fe is known.

It was built to become the art gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, which had been founded in 1909 by archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett. He had begun holding art shows in the historic Palace of the Governors, then realized that an art gallery would be needed to effectively promote art throughout the region.

The architects, Rapp and Rapp, had built the wildly successful New Mexico pavilion for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. They enlarged and modified that design and proposed it for the new art gallery. The Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico opened in 1917, and many of the works that were exhibited at the opening remain in the collection today.

The early Art Gallery’s “open door” policy encouraged artists working in New Mexico to exhibit their work, since Santa Fe’s commercial gallery network was years away. That welcome, mixed with the excitement about New Mexico that was generated by the tourism industry, enticed artists with formal training from other parts of the country. The resulting blending and cross-influences of Native American, Hispanic, and European-based cultures created a unique body of work that is the basis of the New Mexico Museum of Art collection.

The museum changed its name over the years, as it grew and redefined its mission. The current name, The New Mexico Museum of Art, was adopted in 2007 to reflect the breadth of New Mexico art.  Its previous name, "The Museum of Fine Arts" had been adopted in 1962.

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