Cartoneria

Cartoneria

Mexican Papier-mâché art
December 11, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Cartoneria, a type of Mexican papier-mâché art, arrived in Mexico in the 17th century.  The concept was brought to Mexico by Spanish priests who wished to decorate Mexican churches for holidays.  First created for religious significance, the cartoneria objects quickly gained popularity.  Over time, Mexican cartoneria continued to use much of the same simple materials of paste, cardboard, and tissue paper but evolved from strictly religious purposes into a diverse array of subjects -- toys and dolls, replicas of people and objects from popular culture, festival figures like the popular Judas cartoneria, Day of the Dead skeletons, and fantastical animals called alebrije.   

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Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy

Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy


March 12, 2023 - March 26, 2024

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.

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To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka

To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka


May 21, 2023 - April 7, 2024

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. 

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