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

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.

First American

July 12, 2014-January 2015

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.”

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

Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance

March 29 - January 31, 2015

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

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.


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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