Parkas are complex expressions of Alaska Native cultures’ deep respect for the animals of land and sea. The harmonious marriage of beauty, function, and resourcefulness, parkas are a living tradition rooted in centuries of indigenous knowledge of material science and design. They also demonstrate the resilience of indigenous communities to thrive in the arctic environment.
Through a combination of in-gallery objects and multimedia pieces, as well as public conversations and events held at the museum and in the community, this exhibition addresses themes of incarceration, social justice and prisoners’ rights, recidivism and transitional justice. Works featured in exhibition are drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of prison art alongside recently acquired art - including pieces made during workshops at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in 2017, pieces purchased at the state Penitentiary’s bi-annual Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair in 2019, and a mural created by at-risk-youth through a school-to-prison pipeline initiative https://www.sitesofconscience.org/en/2018/01/brown-v-board-to-ferguson-toolkit/ program between MOIFA and Santa Fe ¡YouthWorks! in 2018. The exhibition further explores strategies helping underserved populations so that they may avoid future incarceration and examine how the arts can be a catalyst for healing, rehabilitation, and change.
Dec 11, 2022 - Jun 30, 2024
La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste
Museum of International Folk Art
Mexican cartonería uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper to create a diverse array of subjects such as piñatas, dolls, Day of the Dead skeletons, and fantastical animals called alebrijes. The first exhibition to focus exclusively on a Mexican folk art tradition in many years, La Cartonería Mexicana will display whimsical historic sculptures from the Museum of International Folk Art’s Permanent Collection. Many of the sculptures were collected by Alexander Girard and have never been displayed. These historic works will be exhibited alongside the work of contemporary Mexican piñata makers, highlighting that cartonería is a vital, living tradition. Mexican artists will be invited to work in the gallery, offering visitors to experience the creativity of cartonería today.
Oct 23, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II
New Mexico History Museum
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Examines the Complex History of WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps
The New Mexico History Museum announces the opening of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II”. The exhibition examines the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Aug 7, 2022 - Aug 31, 2023
Honoring Tradition and Innovation: 100-Years of Santa Fe’s Indian Market 1922-2022
New Mexico History Museum
The New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) and the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) present an exhibition that commemorates a century of Santa Fe’s Indian Market. Honoring Tradition and Innovation: 100 Years of Santa Fe’s Indian Market 1922-2022, traces the history of this historic market and explores the impact of Federal Indian policies on the Native American art world. Many of these policies are reflected in the social and economic trends that shaped Indian Market through the years. The exhibition celebrates the artists and collectors who have made it possible and includes over 200 pieces of artwork by Indian Market artists from private and public collections, as well as historic and contemporary photographs, and interviews with artists and collectors.
Jul 23, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023
Transgressions and Amplifications: Mixed-Media Photography of the 1960s and 1970s
New Mexico Museum of Art
Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest’s indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum’s collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.