Information about exhibitions coming to the Albuquerque Museum.
Amozoc Style Spur, First half of the 20th century. Courtesy of José Lugo Guerrero. Photograph courtesy of 33PHOTO and Arte en la Charrería.
Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
Dec. 21, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Comprising more than 150 examples of superlative artisan craftsmanship and design distinctive to the charro, Charrería features leather work, costumes, textiles, silver, and iron work that illustrate the life of these revered horsemen.
History is an intrinsic part of charrería artifacts and culture, as modern day artisans continue to employ the techniques passed down by their ancestors through the centuries.
It is slow, patient work, without the rush of mass production, where the artisan takes pleasure in making each object exceptional and handcrafted with the bearer in mind.
It is in these social processes that the tradition of civic spirit is consecrated, making the artisans an indelible and essential component of the charrería.
The spectacular objects in Arte en la Charrería, many dating from the late 1800s, come from prestigious collections throughout Mexico and have rarely been seen outside of the country. These objects are more than vestiges of a nation's folk customs; they are reminders of a rich culture and way of life that continues to this day.
From work attire to grand gala and etiquette suits, China poblano and Adelita dresses, the exhibition reveals the care and attention to detail that has helped make the charro the keeper of a tradition that dates to the birth of a nation more than 500 years ago.
Arte en la Charrería is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Marisú González and Gabriel Cabello.
Folding Screen with the Siege of Belgrade (front). Mexico, circa 1697–1701. Oil on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 90 1/2 x 108 5/8 in. (229.9 x 275.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.21
Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898
Feb. 16 - May 18, 2014
Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art.
Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers.
The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women's sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art.
Behind Closed Doors is organized by Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum.
In Albuquerque, the exhibition is made possible due to the generous support of
Vivian Vance, c. 1930, PA1978.153.vance
March 29 - September 2014
This exhibition will celebrate the life and times of one of Albuquerque's most famous residents, the late Vivian Vance, of I Love Lucy fame, through family memoribilia and the museum's Photoarchives.