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Visit the Albuquerque Museum to see the following exhibitions now on display.

Michel-Martin Drolling, “The Wrath of Achilles,” 1810, oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 57 1/2 in., École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (PRP 48), Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

October 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015

This rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts—the original school of fine arts in Paris and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century—will include approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. The focus will be on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. Among the featured works will be paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Anne-Louis Girodet, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres; sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and François Rude; drawings by François Boucher, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolas Poussin, Titian, and Jean-Antoine Watteau; and prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The epic deeds of gods and heroes, enshrined in the Bible and the works of Homer, were the primary narratives from which both aspiring and established academicians drew their inspiration. Their ideology was rooted in the study of the idealized human form as envisioned in classical art. At the École, learning how to construct persuasive and powerful paintings from carefully delineated anatomy, expressive faces, and convincing architectural and landscape settings was understood by aspiring artists to be the route to success and recognition.

Gods and Heroes is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. This exhibition is generously supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, the JFM Foundation, and the Donald and Maria Cox Trust. Funding for the catalogue is provided by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.


Frederick Hammersley: The Art of Conversation

November 12, 2014-January 4, 2015

Internationally renowned artist and longtime Albuquerque resident Frederick Hammersley was most famous for his abstract paintings and prints, and as one of the four "Abstract Classicists" celebrated in a 1959 exhibition of that same name. Less well known is that he also continued to work from the human figure throughout his long life, perpetually invoking his early formal training at the University of Idaho, Chouinard Art Institute, Jepson Art Institute, and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

Hammersley freely acknowledged that drawing was the foundation for all of his work. In addition to abstract works and studies for paintings, over more than six decades he produced an extraordinary body of portrait drawings, still lifes, and figure studies, in an eclectic range of styles from the most traditional to the comically weird. Many of these works have never been exhibited and provide an exciting look at Hammersley's working methods, forming an intimate view of an artist simply talking to himself and coming to terms with the nitty gritty of looking, feeling, and making. In conjunction with Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux Arts, the Albuquerque Museum is proud to present a selection of Hammersley's works on paper from a recent gift from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

Frederick Hammersley was born in Salt Lake City in 1919. From 1942-1945, he served as an Army sergeant in Europe during World War II and stayed in Paris after the end of the war to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. He later returned to Los Angeles, where he emerged as one of the most significant painters of the influential California Modernist movement. In 1968, he moved to Albuquerque to teach at the University of New Mexico. He resigned in 1971 and devoted himself full-time to making art until his death in 2009.


Summer Artist in Residence: Ernest Doty

July 15-25, 2014

For the fourth year, the Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby.  From Tuesday, July 15 through Friday, July 25, Albuquerque born and raised artist Ernest Doty will paint a site-specific work of art at the museum.  Doty, who now lives in Oakland, California, works primarily in aerosol paint and is nationally respected as a creator of large scale outdoor paintings.  During each work day he will develop the painted surfaces outside in the Museum’s amphitheater and collaborate with Museum staff to install the individual parts in the lobby.

Visitors are encouraged to watch the artist work each day and follow the development of his vision throughout the two week period.  Doty’s imagery is often inspired by birds and invented animals and incorporates the joyous prismatic effects of rainbows and hard edged shapes.  With the powerful geometric architecture of the lobby as a backdrop and framework, Doty’s paintings will bring a lively, colorful vitality to that grand space.

Doty’s as-yet-untitled installation will remain on view at the museum through the Fall.


First American

July 12, 2014-January 2015

War bonnets and big Stetsons came to Albuquerque in 1929 for an extravagant celebration of American Indian culture. The collaborative idea for the First American Pageant came from Mike Kirk and City Councilmen Clyde Oden, Ward Hicks, Clinton Anderson, Arthur Praeger and Sol Benjamin. With enthusiastic support from Mayor Clyde Tingley, the endeavor took flight.

Albuquerque promoters had watched the success of the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial (which began in 1922) and wanted to draw the same audience for things Indian. The brochure for the event called it “A tremendous spectacle of the Indian” and “A dramatic pageant of Indian life.” Money was raised by the sale of stock and the festival was advertised with the help of the Santa Fe Railway. Celebrity Indian performers were invited: Tessie Mobley (Princess Lushanya) the “Humming Bird of the Chickasaw” along with Daniel Simmons (Chief Yowlachie).

At Wyoming and Central, a four-story facsimile of Taos Pueblo materialized with a large open space in front for tribal dancing. Bleachers were built for the expected crowds to watch the secular dancing and the fireworks at night. There were parades up Central Avenue with Indians in native dress and pillars of the community wearing their finest frontier clothes.

The First American was a yearly happening for Albuquerque until the Great Depression devastated funding.

Vivian Vance, c. 1930, PA1978.153.vance


Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance

March 29 - January 31, 2015

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.


Ernest Blumenschein, Star Road and White Sun, 1920, Museum Purchase

Common Ground: Art in New Mexico

Permanent Exhibition (East Gallery)

A permanent art exhibition highlighting a significant and museum-owned works from the late 19th century to the present day, including some that have never before been viewed by the public.

In January 2013, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy presented poems he had written based on artwork in the Common Ground exhibition.  The poetry is available for visitors to view in the exhibition, or you may download it here.

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