Events

There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum of International Folk Art! Join us for our many programs listed below.

World of Treasures Auction and Party
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Ticketed events and galas Featured Event

World of Treasures Auction and Party

March 9, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special event for the Girard Legacy Endowment Fund.

Take the chill off winter and join fellow folk art fans at the festive World of Treasures Auction and Party. During our silent auction, you will be able to bid on more than 60 rare and high-value folk and fine art treasures from around the world.  Enjoy international food and beverages and an after-hours viewing of Multiple Visions: A Common Bond, the Alexander Girard collection. 

An enticing “Buy It Now” boutique, open throughout the evening, will offer more one-of-a-kind treasures, from ethnographic clothing to folk art pieces. “Buy It Now” shopping means it’s all yours once chosen and purchased!

Registration will be open to the public on January 25, 2024. Ticket price is $50 for members and $75 for non-members.  Tickets will go fast, so purchase early. Purchase tickets for the World of Treasures Auction and Party at: https://WorldOfTreasures.eventbrite.com

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

March 10, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program!

This month’s theme: Let’s Make Music with Musician Charlie Lockwood

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

Following Dates:

  • April 14 - Earth Day for All with Artist Gasali Adeyemo
  • May 12 - Paper Art with Papier Mâché
  • June 2 - Summer Time!

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Friends of Folk Art Trip To Chiapas, Mexico
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Travel and Tours Featured Event

Friends of Folk Art Trip To Chiapas, Mexico

March 15, 2024 through March 23, 2024
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SOLD OUT!

The Friends of Folk Art invite you to join us for a magical trip to Chiapas, the southernmost state in Mexico.

The focus of this trip is to explore the wondrous state of Chiapas, understand its splendid past, honor and appreciate its present, and make a cultural connection from the past to the present.  We are going to use different approaches to understand Chiapas-- from archaeology to folk art, traditional medicine, and popular religiosity.   This trip experience will take you through 3000 years of history.

The trip itinerary includes:  nine days and eight nights.  We will visit four archaeological sites: La Venta, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan.  Enjoy three indigenous villages: Zinacantan, Tenejapa, San Juan Chamula. Visit museums specializing in textiles, traditional medicine, archaeology, and history.  Stay in the beautiful colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas for four days.  Share with a local family at the Lacandona jungle.  Tour the Sumidero Canyon by boat and enjoy a private concert with the Nandayapa family.  Enjoy a gastronomical experience with the indigenous chef, Claudia Santiz, exploring the flavors of traditional regional cuisine, which differs from other parts of Mexico.

This trip is for FOFA members ONLY.  FOFA members will receive an invitation by email which will include all of the details and the price. A single membership allows access to one ticket. A dual membership allows for two tickets.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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Henry Glassie: Field Work
Featured Event

Henry Glassie: Field Work

March 16, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FREE with Museum Admission. Reserve Seats Here

Join us for a screening of " Henry Glassie: Field Work" followed by a Q & A with Henry Glassie, moderated by Carrie Hertz, Curator of Dress and Textiles. Dr. Glassie shares a long history with the Museum of International Folk Art and has worked on multiple projects over the years, including authoring "The Spirit of Folk Art" and curating a major exhibition of Turkish Folk Art in 1991

From Director Pat Collins, ‘Field Work’, is a portrait of the celebrated folklorist and ethnologist Henry Glassie and is an immersive and meditative film set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists in Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina and Ireland. The film displays the director’s trademark eye for details and the process of the artist’s work is awe-inspiring. Glassie’s subject is folklore and art but his deep abiding love for the people who create it resonates throughout the film. “I don’t study people” Glassie says, “I stand with people and I study the things they create.” Artists like the sculptor Edival Rosas from Salvador in Brazil describe their practice as one where body and spirit are integrated, where in Glassie’s words the creative act brings “a momentary fulfilment of what it is to be human.”

ASL interpretation is available by request. Please e-mail Patricia Sigala by March 13th at: patricia.sigala@dca.nm.gov 

Having had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film won many awards, including Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh; Best European Science Film of the European Academy of Science Film; and the Audience Award of the INScience International Film Festival.

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Join us for two talks on Folk Art by two Folk Art Scholars and co-authors of Folk Art: Continuity, Creativity, and the Brazilian Quotidian. A book signing with the authors will follow their talks.

FREE with Museum admission. Reserve Seats Here

Dr. Henry Glassie, College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, has written twenty books, based on fieldwork in the United States, Ireland, Turkey, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Brazil. Three of his books, Passing the Time in Ballymenone, The Spirit of Folk Art, and Turkish Traditional Art Today, were named among the notable books of the year by the New York Times. The film by Pat Collins, Henry Glassie: Field Work, was named the best Irish documentary of the year in 2020.  Dr. Glassie also curated  a major exhibition for MOIFA of Turkish Folk Art in 1991.

Dr. Pravina Shukla, Provost Professor, has won six teaching awards including the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the author of The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India, winner of the Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association of Asian Studies and the Davenport Award of the Costume Society of America. She also wrote Costume: Performing Identities through Dress and co-authored The Individual and Tradition.

Folk Art: Continuity, Creativity, and the Brazilian Quotidian (Indiana University Press, 2023) Book Description: Listen to the artists of the Brazilian Northeast. Their work, they say, comes of continuity and creativity. Continuity runs along lines of learning toward social coherence. Creativity brings challenges and deep personal satisfaction.

What they say and do in Brazil aligns with ethnographic evidence from New Mexico and North Carolina; from Ireland, Portugal, and Italy; from Nigeria, Turkey, India, and Bangladesh; from China and Japan.

This book is about that, about folk art as a sign of human unity.

ASL Interpretation is provided for this event.

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Paaqtuq: A Tupik Mi Film
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Paaqtuq: A Tupik Mi Film

March 23, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a screening of Paaqtuq: A Tupik Mi, a film by Michael Conti and produced by Holly Mititquq Nordlum. Presented in conjunction with   Protection: Adaptation and Resistance, the film focuses on traditional Inuit tattooing as a way to find identity, healing, and strength in the face of Western society.  

FREE with Museum Admission. Reserve Seats Here

Michael Conti is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in the land of the Dena’ina people in Anchorage, Alaska. He earned a BFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. His video work has been shown at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea, ContainR at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada and won awards at the Anchorage International Film Festival.  In 2016 he mounted a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum entitled “Stick and Puck.”   He has been included in numerous juried and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as 20 solo shows. He received a project award from the Rasmuson Foundation in 2006, 2015 and 2022. He is a Connie Boocheever Fellow from the Alaska State Council on the Arts in 2011. He is a term instructor of photography at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Owner of Naniq Design, Holly Mititquq Nordlum is an artist, a graphic designer, public art contractor, traditional Inuit tattooer and a hopeful social justice insister. Using many mediums: .printmaking, painting, filmmaking, and tatooing  to express her ideas about life and issues of native people in todays world. Nordlum received a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Graphic Design and Photography from the University of Alaska Anchorage.   Nordlum was named a Time Warner Fellow with the Sundance Film Festival, and received an Art Matters grant, and a Humanities Forum grant for her work documenting the Tupik Mi Project (traditional Inuit tattooing) – which was also featured in the New York Times Lifestyles Section Summer 2018, a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, and was named to the Smithsonian’s Nation Museum of The American Indian’s Artist Leadership Program.  

ASL interpretation is available by request. Please e-mail Patricia Sigala by March 19th at: patricia.sigala@dca.nm.gov 

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DONATE FOLK ART ANYTIME TO THE FOLK ART FLEA!
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA)

DONATE FOLK ART ANYTIME TO THE FOLK ART FLEA!

April 6, 2024 through April 7, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Give your beloved folk art a new home by donating to the fabulous Folk Art Flea.  Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) are accepting donations of gently used decorative art, ethnic clothing, and jewelry throughout the year. Please call the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) information line at 505-476-1201 or send an email to friendsoffolkart@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. Donations are tax deductible and benefit educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Drive-thru donation days will be Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7 and Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off is located behind the Museum of International Folk Art. FOFA volunteers will accept your folk art and present you with a tax deductible receipt.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

April 14, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program!

This month’s theme: Earth Day for All with Artist Gasali Adeyemo

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

Following Dates:

  • May 12 - Paper Art with Papier Mâché
  • June 2 - Summer Time!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR DRIVE-THRU FOLK ART DONATION DAYS!
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR DRIVE-THRU FOLK ART DONATION DAYS!

April 20, 2024 through April 21, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DONATE FOLK ART ANYTIME TO THE FOLK ART FLEA!

Give your beloved folk art a new home by donating to the fabulous Folk Art Flea.  Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) are accepting donations of gently used decorative art, ethnic clothing, and jewelry throughout the year. Please call the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) information line at 505-476-1201 or send an email to friendsoffolkart@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. Donations are tax deductible and benefit educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Drive-thru donation days will be Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off is located behind the Museum of International Folk Art. FOFA volunteers will accept your folk art and present you with a tax deductible receipt.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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The Riches of Mexican Pottery
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only

The Riches of Mexican Pottery

April 21, 2024
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for Reception

Discover the riches of Mexican Pottery including the native ways and rare processes of forming, finishing and firing.

Please join us on Sunday, April 21 at 3pm in the Vernick Auditorium for a presentation on the riches of Mexican Pottery. Eric Mindling spent the decade of his 20’s sleuthing out every village in Oaxaca he could find that makes pottery. He learned the diversity of ways of forming, finishing, and firing pottery native to this land including clay harvesting, stone burnishing, the use of earth pigments and rare processes of tannin dying pottery. Eric writes, “Many of these pottery ways are on the verge of disappearing. To visit, to purchase, to publicize, to praise makes a difference.” 

Eric Mindling is the author of Fire and Clay, the Art of Oaxacan Pottery. This book is an homage to the wisdom of the ancestral indigenous potters throughout the wildly diverse state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

This event is for FOFA members ONLY.  FOFA members will receive an invitation by email which will include all the details. A single membership allows access to one ticket. A dual membership allows for two tickets.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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The Fabulous Folk Art Flea is coming Saturday, May 4, 2024!
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The Fabulous Folk Art Flea is coming Saturday, May 4, 2024!

May 4, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The fabulous Folk Art Flea is back!  Once again, the much beloved and anticipated Flea will be at the Rodeo Fairgrounds featuring hundreds of curated folk art pieces from collectors and artists around the world.  The donated art benefits educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art, through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, a private nonprofit organization.

Admission is free and members of Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) enjoy early admission to the Flea from 9 to 10 a.m. Public admission is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To become a sponsor and help make this popular community event possible, click here.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

May 12, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program! 

This month’s theme: Paper Art with Papier Mâché

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

June 2, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program! 

This month’s theme: Summer Time!

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

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