Museum of International Folk Art Albuquerque Museum
of Art and History
Albuquerque, NM
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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 243-7255
(800) 659-8331


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Visualizing Albuquerque

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art

Frederick Hammersley: The Art of Conversation

Only in Albuquerque

Rad Gadgets


Visualizing Albuquerque
Through May 10, 2015

On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design is a city-wide cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by an array of partnering organizations. Starting in January 2015 and continuing through the spring and summer, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that investigate the diverse art of the greater Albuquerque region. This event places a comprehensive focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, contemporary to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region.

At the heart of this collaboration, the Albuquerque Museum’s exhibition titled Visualizing Albuquerque, curated by Joseph Traugott, will investigate the unique history and present of central New Mexico art and serve as an umbrella for institutional partners. Traugott says, ”Albuquerque artists found their own artistic voice after World War II and transformed a western boom town into a thriving art center. This exhibition demonstrates how an influx of modern-minded Californians moved to Albuquerque and changed the city by unleashing the creativity of local artists. The resulting abstract works broke with traditional New Mexico scenes. By including women and their concerns, ethnic perspectives, popular culture subjects, and political content after 1980, Albuquerque artists synthesized an aesthetic that shunned commercial trends. Visualizing Albuquerque revels in the region’s diverse artists and reveals how their distinctive fusions have bridged aesthetic divides and cultural rifts.”

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art
Through April 15, 2015

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art is a joint exhibition with the City of Albuquerque and the Bernalillo County Public Art Programs, and will be displayed in the Albuquerque Museum. The exhibition will highlight the past 50 years of public art in the region, including an interactive, forward thinking engagement component which will seek public input and feedback on what public art should or could be in the future.

Frederick Hammersley: The Art of Conversation
Through May 31, 2015

Internationally renowned artist and longtime Albuquerque resident Frederick Hammersley was most famous for his abstract paintings and prints. Hammersley freely acknowledged that drawing was the foundation for all of his work, most of which has never been exhibited and provide an exciting look at his working methods. He was born in Salt Lake City, served as an Army sergeant in Europe during World War II, and stayed in Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts after the war. In 1968, he moved to Albuquerque, where he made art until his death in 2009.

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
February 21 – September 13, 2015

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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