Museum of International Folk Art Albuquerque Museum
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Albuquerque, NM
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Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman

Under the Influence: Psychedelic Art

Public Selects: A Celebration of Albuquerque Artists

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Only in Albuquerque

Rad Gadgets


Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman
September 5-November, 29, 2015

An exciting exhibition culled from the New-York Historical Society’s extraordinary trove of over 2,000 folk art objects acquired by the avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882–1946) and his wife, Viola Spiess Flannery Nadelman (1878–1962). As the first major examination of Nadelman’s seminal role in folk art collecting, this exhibition will make a significant contribution to the field of folk art studies.

Elie Nadelman is widely recognized for his elegant, modernist sculpture. Less familiar is his pioneering folk art collection, an impressive but little-known material legacy that survives at the New-York Historical Society. Influenced by the folk arts of his native Poland and other European countries, Nadelman began collecting after immigrating to New York City in 1914, an activity that accelerated after his marriage in 1919.

The Nadelmans’ acquisitions spanned a wide geographic range and a great variety of media—furniture, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, iron, pewter, drawings, watercolors and household tools. Beginning in 1926, they displayed the collection in their Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts, built on their estate in Riverdale, New York. The first museum in the United States devoted exclusively to folk art, it was also the first in the world to focus on the European origins of American folk art.

Making it Modern will showcase approximately 100 objects displayed in groupings akin to those devised by the Nadelmans in their museum. The majority will be drawn from New-York Historical's holdings, supplemented by a few key loans. Several examples of Nadelman's "modern" sculpture will help to explore the influence of folk art on the artist’s own oeuvre.

Under the Influence: Psychedelic Art
Through Oct. 11, 2015

Under the Influence is a selection of art that directly or indirectly reflects a basic human urge toward personal revelation, and occasional revolution. It will include a small selection of prints, drawings, collages, and music posters that could all loosely be considered psychedelic.

Psychedelic literally means "mind-manifesting." The most common association is probably to the class of mind-altering substances for which the term was originally coined. Next thoughts are likely to involve the musical and cultural movements whose impacts on American culture are so pervasive as to be incalculable. We immediately conjure images of Jimi Hendrix, paisley prints, and swirling, trippy, brightly-colored amoebas; but the psychedelic influence goes well beyond the clichés.

Properly speaking, all art attempting to depict the human psyche can be termed psychedelic. Many art movements in the 20th century were inspired by the belief that to create a new and better world (or self), one first had to visualize it. California, particularly the San Francisco bay area, became the epicenter for what was arguably the largest cultural revolution in history. Visual art was no small part of that story.

Seamlessly integrated with the music, spirituality, and politics of the era, so-called psychedelic art had many faces, and many influences. New Mexico was on the migration and pilgrimage route of many “hippies” and other counter-cultural visionaries; thousands came, and many stayed. But the spread of new music, art and ideas didn’t just rely on itinerant missionaries; it was streamed on the airwaves, and seen in the art galleries.

Under the Influence will feature music posters from the 1960s for bands like the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, alongside other art that visualizes non-ordinary states of awareness. Featured works are primarily drawn from the Museum’s rich permanent collection of works on paper.

Public Selects: A Celebration of Albuquerque Artists
June 27-Oct. 4, 2015

Albuquerque has one of the highest per capita ratios of artists for any American city. "Public Selects" is an opportunity for the public to catch a rare glimpse inside local artist’s private studio spaces, and to play a crucial role in curating an exciting new exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum.

For "Public Selects," working Albuquerque-area artists will open their studios to the public on three Saturdays in March. Visitors will vote for their favorites online, culminating in an exhibition at the Museum. The artists that were chosen to participate in the exhibition through public vote are Jane Abrams, Timothy Cummings, Kristin Diener, Elizabeth Fritzsche, Thomas Christopher Haag, Ed Haddaway, Kei and Molly Textiles, Jami Porter Lara, Orlando Leyba, Dennis Liberty, Suzanne Sbarge, and Kevin Tolman.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
May 30 – Aug. 9, 2015

"Killer Heels" explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos gracing today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes defying categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers and from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Albuquerque venue will also include heels by local designers and artists including Janice Ortiz, Virgil Ortiz, Goldie Garcia, Teri Greeves, and Deana McGuffin.
Exhibit Credits

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibition-related educational programs are generously supported by The Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

Only in Albuquerque
March 3, 2015 - ongoing

The Albuquerque Museum will unveil the highly anticipated Only in Albuquerque history experience. After many years of redesign, construction, story development and fabrication, the Museum will give our community an interactive, engaging, fun-filled presentation of the history and culture of the central Rio Grande Valley. Along with the presentation of our community’s stories, there will be lots to learn and do. Make your own family Coat of Arms; electronically send a Route 66 postcard to a friend; create a personal “quilt” of images from the Museum’s collections; and record your story to share in the Museum and with friends. You will be able to experience vibrant theatre

Rad Gadgets
Extended through March 2016

Rad Gadgets is a fun look at off-the-wall vintage tools and equipment from the Museum collection, opening Saturday, February 21, 2015. The exhibit will be presented in the newly named William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery just a few weeks before the opening of the new history exhibition.

Rad Gadgets will inspire visitors to explore the Museum’s collection of antique and vintage gadgets, with an eye toward recycling. The exhibit also explores the notion of “up-cycling” – the practice of making recycled parts more environmentally responsible, and often, beautiful. Particularly trendy is the notion of using Victorian-era industrial design as inspiration for contemporary Steampunk art and fashion.

Rad Gadgets features vintage tools and equipment including recent gifts from the Hays family, Keleher family, Bob Myers, PNM Forerunners, and others. The collection ranges from simple and strange to quirky and complicated. No single object will be identified upon first glance – you’ll have to guess what it is!

Visitors will be able draw fantasy gadgets and vote for their favorite gadget. Programs will explore the role historic tools, equipment and their intriguing parts play in fashion design, recycled art, and Steampunk art. Keep an eye out on the calendar for opportunities to play, create, and recycle!

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