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Latest Press Releases
Year of the Dog Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
February 1, 2018
(Santa Fe, NM) -- Mark your calendar to celebrate the “Year of the Dog” at the Museum of International Folk Art Annual Lunar New Year Celebration in the afternoon of Sunday, February 18 on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Activities begin at 1:00 P.M. and continue through 4:00 P.M. Admission to the event is free to everyone, thanks to funding from the International Folk Art Foundation and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico travels the state
January 23, 2018
(Santa Fe, NM) -- The sensual dance of flamenco has traveled the world, yet within the United States only in New Mexico is it integral to our state’s culture. In November of 2015 the Museum of International Folk Art opened the most comprehensive exhibition on flamenco, celebrating this living tradition as an art form. This stunning exhibition is now traveling to museums throughout the New Mexico.
Beadwork Adorns the World Opening in April
January 18, 2018
(Santa Fe, NM) – The ultimate migrants, small glass beads travel the world and end up entering the cultural lives of people far away to be worked into a garment or an object of art. This spring, the Museum of International Folk Art opens the exhibition, Beadwork Adorns the World, opening April 22, 2018 and running through February 3, 2019.
Popular Folk Art Flea Returns to Museum of International Folk Art
January 14, 2018
(Santa Fe, NM) – One of Santa Fe’s favorite community events, the Folk Art Flea, will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill. From toys to textiles and jewelry to masks from all over the world, The Flea features an impressive array of well-priced folk art treasures. The treasured “Collectors’ Corner” returns with especially rare and unique items. The event is presented by the Museum Foundation of New Mexico’s Folk Art Committee in support of the Museum of International Folk Art Museum (MoIFA).
This December, Shop at Santa Fe's Peruvian Connection Store, and 10 Percent of Your Purchase Benefits MOIFA
November 28, 2017
Revel in Dia de los Muertos, Sunday, October 29, 14 pm, with sugar skulls, dancing, and song
October 4, 2017
Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru opens Sunday, December 3, 2017
September 29, 2017
MOIFA Announces 50 Percent Off Museum Admission for Attendees of August's Objects of Art and Antique American Indian Art shows
August 7, 2017
Learn Flamenco from Legendary Dancer Carmela Greco
April 14, 2017
The Museum of International Folk Art (MoIFA) is pleased to bring legendary flamenco dancer Carmela Greco to Santa Fe for a week of Spanish dance arts and music inside the Museum from June 27 through July 2, 2017.
Quilts of Southwest China Coming to Santa Fe This Summer
March 17, 2017
The Museum of International Folk Art announced today it will host the national touring exhibition of Quilts of Southwest China beginning July 9, 2017 through January 21, 2018.
Luted Crucible' Casting Lecture and Artist Demonstration with Piers Watson; Last Day to See Sacred Realm
January 25, 2017
The Museum of International Folk Art hosts lecture and artist’s demonstration of a Luted Crucible casting with noted artist and author, Piers Watson, on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
The Museum of International Folk Art Presents Lloyd's Treasure Chest: Focus on Folk Art
December 12, 2016
After an extensive renovation, Sunday January 29, 2017, the Museum of International Folk Art will reopen Lloyd’s Treasure Chest: Folk Art in Focus. The gallery will offer visitors a place to explore, interact, and create folk art.
Master Apprenticeship Showcase and Holiday Pop Up Market Inspired by Today's Global Marketplace, an Exhibition-in-the-Making
November 14, 2016
On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, from 1pm to 4pm, the Museum of International Folk Art presents a Holiday Pop Up Market comprised of six New Mexican artists and their apprentices who have been working together for the past six months. The afternoon of activities and art sales will demonstrate the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, skills and spirit within the community of traditional jewelers, potters, and fiber artists of New Mexico.
The Museum of International Folk Art Presents No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art
October 17, 2016
The Museum of International Folk Art presents No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art, the first large-scale museum exhibition dedicated to tramp art since 1975. The exhibition will present more than 150 examples of tramp art, concentrating on works from the United States, with additional examples from France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil to demonstrate the far reach this art form has had. Additionally, the show will analyze and dismantle the myths and misperceptions about tramp art, particularly as they relate to assumptions related to class, quality, and the anonymity of the makers. No Idle Hands opens on March 12, 2017 and remains on display through September 16, 2018.
Tibetan Monks to Construct a Mandala Sand Painting and Perform Special Ceremonies in Santa Fe, August 10-14, 2016
August 1, 2016
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Wednesday, August 10 to Sunday, August 14 at the Museum of International Folk Art during the museum’s open hours (10:00am – 5:00pm). From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.