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Latest Press Releases
Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan
March 21, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Opening December 6, 2019, and remaining on view through January 10, 2021, the Museum of International Folk Art presents, Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan. Yokai are supernatural beings (like ghosts, demons, ogres, shapeshifters and monsters) and strange, unexplainable phenomena. Yokai gained popularity beyond religious contexts, beginning perhaps as early as the Muromachi period (1392-1573). These ghost and demon images have surfaced throughout Japanese history, and have even influenced modern entertainment and popular culture. The Museum of International Folk Art will be one of the first museums to present a large-scale yokai-centered exhibition in the United States.
The Mid-Century Santa Fe Collaboration Presents: 2019 Student Art and Design Competition
March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019 (Santa Fe, NM)—The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition, taking place from March 20 to April 19, 2019. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019. The collaboration celebrates the works of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe for their influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape. Mid-Century Santa Fe proudly announces these three themes as competitive categories for the student competition, to run in tandem with the collaboration and IAIA’s Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.
Museum Director, Khristaan Villela, Ph.D. Among Authors of Award Winning Book
March 13, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to announce that Museum Executive Director Khristaan Villela, Ph.D., and co-editors of The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Archeteicture, And Theatre, have won the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award. The book was published by the Museum of New Mexico Press on June 24, 2018, and will receive the award on March 30, 2019.
The Mid-Century Santa Fe Collaboration
March 12, 2019
March 12, 2019 (Santa Fe, NM)— This summer, the Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration, supported by the Santa Fe Arts Commission, honors the city’s modern art and design icons Alexander Girard, Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), and Georgia O’Keeffe. The partnership between the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA), The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum explores the artists’ lives and influence through exhibitions and community engagement. The collaboration will focus on their contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape.
Muralists Explore Borders and Walls
March 11, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is honored to host a talk on March 24, 2019, with artists Israel Haros Lopez, John Paul Granillo, and Juan Lira, of Alas de Agua Art Collective. The museum commissioned a mural from the Collective which hangs outside the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience. The talk, taking place from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, revolves around the mural itself and the mission of the Alas de Agua Art Collective.
Multiple Visions: Finding Treasure in the Alexander Girard Wing
March 6, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM)— Museum of International Folk Art’s exhibition Multiple Visions is in the beginning phases of restorative process, providing staff and museum patrons a deeper look at the details Alexander Girard orchestrated more than twenty-five years ago. The extensive cleaning allows audiences to see the details of Girard’s beloved exhibition that have been hidden for decades.
10th Annual Folk Art Flea is on the Move!
February 4, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is celebrating the 10th year of its innovative Folk Art Flea, and it is on the move. Normally held in May, this year’s Flea is jumping to June—Saturday, June 8. The Flea also is moving outdoors. Look for the big tent on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill where this year’s Flea treasures will be waiting for new homes. The large tent will be easy to spot and will provide a roomy and shaded location for shoppers to peruse this year’s folk art finds.
Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe at Museum of International Folk Art in May 2019
January 14, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - In May 2019 the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will present the traveling exhibition Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe, an exhibition organized by Vitra Design Museum. One of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century, Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe is the first major retrospective on Girard’s work. The exhibition opens May 5 and runs through October 27, 2019.
Gallery of Conscience Exhibit opening: Community through Making From Peru to New Mexico
November 28, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe is hosting an opening reception for a new exhibition in the Gallery of Conscience entitled Community through Making. The public opening Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. will feature artists talking about their work from 1-2 p.m.; an Artists’ Pop up Art market from 2-4 p.m.; and art making activities related to the exhibit from 2 -4 p.m. The public opening is a free event occurring on the first Sunday of the month.
A Gathering of Voices Public Opening at Museum of International Folk Art
November 16, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico – Free admission, live music, hands-on art projects are added attractions planned around the opening of A Gathering of Voices: Folk Art from the Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg Collection. The exhibition celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of International Folk Art of the collection of Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg. The museum opens the exhibition Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. It runs through Aug. 25, 2019.
Former MOIFA Director & Guest Curator receive prestigious Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology
August 29, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Former Museum of International Folk Art Director Marsha Bol and guest curator Dr. Suzanne Seriff are the 2018 recipients of the Michael M. Ames Award for innovative Museum Anthropology for the work from 2010-2017 in the founding and developing of the Mark Naylor and Dale Gun Gallery of Conscience at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, and for collaborative projects, exhibitions, and documentation created through the Gallery of Conscience.
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Since 1492: Navajo Quilt to be exhibited for a limited time at Museum of International Folk Art
August 13, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Acclaimed Navajo quilter Susan Hudson’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Since 1492 will be on exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art for a limited showing from August 16 through September 17, 2018.
Bead Exchange set for Community Day on Museum Hill Sunday, September 23
August 9, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of International Folk Art Bead Exchange will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from Noon until 4 p.m. as part of Community Day on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill.
Monumental Installation by Cannupa Hanska Luger Kicks Off Santa Fe Indian Market Week
July 20, 2018
A Gathering of Voices: Folk Art from the Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg Collection
July 10, 2018
For the first time, visionary Judith Espinar, who was at the forefront of the modern folk art and handmade global craft movements, will share her extraordinary collection with the public in an exhibition at the world-renowned Museum of International Folk Art December 16, 2018, to August 25, 2019