On Exhibit during April 2014
| Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography
Open April 27, 2014 through March 29, 2015
In an age when every cell phone can take a respectable picture, cameras as low-tech as an oatmeal box still beguile a legion of practitioners, both artistic and documentarian. With roots in the ancient discovery of the camera obscura, pinhole photography has enchanted artists from the 1880s through today. Opening April 27 (through March 29, 2015), Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, in the Herzstein Gallery of the New Mexico History Museum, explores a historical art form that exemplifies thoroughly contemporary ideals: Do-it-yourself handmade technology with a dash of steampunk style.
Nearly 225 photographs and 40 cameras show how a light-tight box pierced by a hole and holding a piece of old-school film can reveal alternate versions of reality. At heart, photography is a method of capturing the way that light plays upon objects, the seen and the unseen—a visual form of poetry that extends beyond a literal representation whenever pinhole cameras are involved.
| 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.
| 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 April 2014
| April 4, 2014
Maria Ignacia Jaramillo: A Tale of Two Coats
A Free First Friday Gallery Talk
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Born in Mexican-era Taos, María Ignacia Jaramillo de Bent saw the opening of the Santa Fe Trail and the arrival of traders and trappers from the United States. She married Charles Bent, the first U.S. territorial governor of New Mexico; her younger sister, Josefa Jaramillo, married Kit Carson. Maria Ignacia and her children survived the murder of her husband and brother during the 1847 Taos Rebellion. As part of the museum’s Free First Friday Gallery Talks, learn more about her and the turbulent times she lived in from Collections and Education Manager René Harris, who focuses on the dolman jacket and lovely mantón de Manila on display in Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now as testaments to a woman with feet in two cultures.
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.
| April 14, 2014
Historical Downtown Walking Tours
10:15 am to April 30, 2014 12:15 pm
Starting from April 14 and continuing through October 11, learn about the history of Santa Fe on a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides every Monday through Saturday. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue at 10:15 am. Cost: $10; children 16 and under free when with an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)
| April 20, 2014
Closed on April 20
12:00 am to 12:00 am
In honor of the Easter holiday, the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors will be closed on April 20. Please join us when we reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, April 22.
| April 23, 2014
Contemporary Pinhole Photography in the West and Southwest
A Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner speak on “Contemporary Pinhole Photography in the West and Southwest," part of the 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series at noon on Wednesday, April 23, in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.
Spencer and Renner created the Pinhole Resource Collection from their home in New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley. They guest-curated the exhibition Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography at the New Mexico History Museum, April 26, 2014–March 29, 2015, along with its accompanying book (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2014).
| April 27, 2014
Exhibit opening: Pinhole Photography
Lecture and book signing
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Be among the first to see the stunning images in Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography and enjoy a lecture and book signing by guest curators Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner, "Passion, Light and Pinhole Photography," at 1 pm in the History Museum auditorium.Reception and book signing, 2 to 4 pm.
As an extra treat, the Palace Press will release its latest letterpress broadside, Jane Always Dreaded Flying Home, featuring a digitally printed pinhole photo by Gregg Kemp and the poem it inspired by Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis. April 27 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and you can watch as images are added to www.pinholeday.com.
Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.