On Exhibit during March 2014
| Donald Woodman: Transformed by New Mexico
Through October 12, 2014
Beginning with his early years working as a research photographer at the Sacramento Peak Solar Observatory in southern New Mexico, photographer Donald Woodman honed his photographic vision first through stars and clouds and then through sandy soil, majestic peaks and his own interior life. Donald Woodman: Transformed by New Mexico explores that journey through a series of photographs on exhibit February 23 through October 12, 2014, in the New Mexico History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery.
Transformed by New Mexico is one of the commemorations of the History Museum’s fifth anniversary, a yearlong series of exhibits and events celebrating all the museum has accomplished since its opening in May 2009.
| Cowboys Real and Imagined: April 14, 2013 through March 16, 2014
Through March 16, 2014
When America needed hard workers, the cowboy was there. The job was dirty and difficult, low-paid and lowly regarded. But when an America torn by the Civil War needed a hero to unite its soul, the unassuming cowboy was an unlikely—and ultimately lasting—pick. Since riding out of Spanish horse culture, he’s been an itinerant hired hand, an outlaw, a movie star, a rodeo athlete, a radio yodeler, and a rhinestoned disco diva. He’s been Spanish, Mexican, African American, Anglo, male, female, straight, and gay. His image has been co-opted to sell trucks, beer, boots, beans, jeans, tires, cigarettes, leather couches, presidential candidates, and a lifestyle far beyond the means of real-life buckaroos.
Using artifacts and photographs from its wide-ranging collections, along with loans from more than 100 people and museums, Cowboys Real and Imagined (April 14, 2013, through March 16, 2014) blends a chronological history of Southwestern cowboys with the rise of a manufactured mystique as at home on city streets as it is in a stockyard. Augmented by archival footage, oral histories, musical performances, and a programming series that includes showings of classic Western movies filmed in New Mexico, the exhibition anchors the cowboy story in New Mexico, a place that gave birth to the real thing and held onto it longer than most other states.
| Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time: The archaeological and historic roots of America’s oldest capital city
on long-term display
Now 400 years old, Santa Fe was once an infant city on the remote frontier. Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, on long-term exhibit in the Palace of the Governors, explores the archaeological evidence and historical documentation of the City Different before the Spanish arrived, as well as at the settling of the first colony in San Gabriel del Yungue, the founding of Santa Fe and its first 100 years as New Mexico’s first capital.
Co-curated by Josef Diaz of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors and Stephen Post of the DCA/Office of Archaeological Studies, Santa Fe Found collects more than 160 artifacts from four historic sites, along with maps, documents, household goods, weaponry and religious objects. Together, they tell the story of cultural encounters between early colonists and the Native Americans who had long called this place home.
| Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now
on long-term display
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the main exhibition of the New Mexico History Museum, sweeps across more than 500 years of stories - from early Native inhabitants to today's residents - told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactives, oral histories and more. Together, they breath life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, railroad men, scientists, hippies and artists.
| Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción
on long-term display
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción contains bultos, retablos, and crucifijos dating from the late 1700s to 1900 which illustrate the distinctive tradition of santo making in New Mexico introduced by settlers from Mexico.
| Segesser Hide Paintings
on long-term display
Though the source of the Segesser Hide Paintings is obscure, their significance cannot be clearer: the hides are rare examples of the earliest known depictions of colonial life in the United States. Moreover, the tanned and smoothed hides carry the very faces of men whose descendants live in New Mexico today...
Events for March 2014
| March 2, 2014
Ranching in the 22nd Century: How We Get from Here to There
A Cowboys Real and Imagined event
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Drought has descended on the Southwest for the last several years, leaving most of New Mexico’s agricultural land in conditions that demand new ways of thinking. Ranches have traditionally been one of the state’s largest industries, and that rainless sky means tough choices for people who juggle land management and environmental change. Many of them are adapting successfully, though, by reevaluating land use in creative ways. Their efforts help keep the legacy of the cowboy alive.
As part of the ongoing exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, join us for a panel discussion on “Ranching in the 22nd Century: How We Get from Here to There,” at 2 pm on Sunday, March 2, in the History Museum Auditorium. Moderated by Courtney White, founder and creative director of the Quivira Coalition, panelists will address the issues facing ranchers in the current drought and the prospect of ranching in the future with a deeper understanding of environmental conditions.
| March 4, 2014
A Santa Fe History, by Dedie Snow
A special program for the Downtown Walking Tours
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Want to learn more about downtown Santa Fe history? Hear from an expert who happens to have dug up a good chunk of it. Noted archaeologist Cordelia (Dedie) Thomas Snow speaks at 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 4, in the auditorium. She’ll show historical images of old Santa Fe and reveal stories of its past. Come to the Meem Community Room following for coffee and snacks to learn how you can become one of the museum’s Downtown Walking Tour guides, spread knowledge of Santa Fe, and raise needed money for the museum. The event is free; no reservations are required.
| March 5, 2014
Trees of Life: Our Forests in Peril
A Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
Michigan-based forester and author Brian Stout speaks on "Tree of Life: Our Forests in Peril," part of the 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series at noon on Wednesday, March 5, in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.
Stout is the author of Trees of Life: Our Forests in Peril (Friesen Press, 2013).
| March 7, 2014
Feasting at the Colonial Palace: History with Dirt on It
A Free First Friday Gallery Talk
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Archaeological excavations provide a glimpse of life’s little details seldom recorded in official documents. The bits of bone and burned-plant remains that archaeologists recovered from excavations behind and under the Palace of the Governors show us what kinds of foods people ate over the centuries. Bones and pot sherds tell us how foods were prepared and served. Even the tiniest pottery fragments reveal the networks of trade between Spanish colonists and Pueblo peoples. As part of the museum’s Free First Friday Gallery Talks, Dr. Frances Levine, director of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, takes you on a culinary tour of the Palace.
Meet up with friends, learn a little something, and head onto dinner with the money you saved. The talks last 15-20 minutes and are repeated at 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Museum admission is free from 5-8 pm on the first Friday of the month, November through April.
| March 9, 2014
Come to the Hoedown
A Cowboys Real and Imagined event
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dance to the western music of the Holy Water and Whiskey in the lobby from 2–4 pm. Bonus: Free dance lessons by folks in threads inspired by 19th-century cowboys. From 1–4 pm, bring the kids to the classroom to craft a take-home collage of cowboy lingo and words of wisdom. Head upstairs for hat-fitting demonstrations by J.D. Noble of the Hatsmith of Santa Fe, and more. (Can you lasso the dummy calf?)
Free with museum admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
| March 16, 2014
Billy the Kid in the Movies
Last day to see Cowboys Real and Imagined
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Commemorate this last day to see Cowboys Real and Imagined with a presentation by Baldwin G. Burr, historian, author, and photo archivist at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. Using clips from decades’ worth of Billy movies, Burr shows how social and cultural trends influenced the various portrayals of New Mexico’s most famous outlaw.
Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents. This event is generously supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council.
| March 21, 2014
A Trip to the Historic Bell Ranch
Special Palace Guard Event
12:00 am to March 22, 2014 12:00 am
In celebration of the closing of Cowboys Real and Imagined, join the Palace Guard for an exploration of an iconic New Mexico ranch. Travel with History Museum Curator Meredith Davidson to the Bell Ranch headquarters, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The trip includes a visit to the studio of internationally recognized blacksmith and Farrier Hall of Fame member Jim Keith, a former Bell Rach cowboy. Overnight lodgings in Tucumcari offer historic Route 66 choices: The Blue Swallow Motel and Motel Safari.