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Public Opening: American Jewelry from New Mexico

Albuquerque Museum presents the opening day of the exhibition "American Jewelry from New Mexico."


Jun 02, 2018
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Please join us for the opening day of the exhibition "American Jewelry from New Mexico."

"American Jewelry from New Mexico" tells the stories of diverse heritages simultaneously, as artists live, trade, and adapt with their neighbors.

1 p.m. Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, presents a talk highlighting the continuous flow of creativity and design in jewelry made in New Mexico from prehistory to the present. This show was curated by Connors to showcase the diversity of jewelers and styles in the state and to encourage visitors to have a more expansive view of what constitutes New Mexican jewelry.

2 - 4 p.m. Meet Ousmane Macina, 10th generation jeweler, originally from Mali, who will be demonstrating centuries old techniques used by metalsmiths from the Fulani Empire. These techniques will include forming and weaving fine gold and silver used to create his intricately designed necklace featured in the exhibition and the forging of metal into forms that produce the iconic gold Fulani earrings. Macina’s demonstration is part of the Artist at Work Series, highlighting the practices of a diverse range of contemporary jewelers in New Mexico.

Additional activities include:

2:30 - 4 p.m. Music by Melissa Rios in the lobby. Melissa Rios is a New Mexican singer songwriter originally from Las Cruces. At an early age, she played guitar and performed with a Mariachi group . Rios graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of New Mexico and released her debut album, Love and Time in 2016.

1 - 3 p.m. Make and Take Art Project in the Museum School. Create your own adornments inspired by the exhibition.




Elizabeth Becker