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Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film & Television

Information about the history exhibition "Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film & Television"

Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film & Television

The Outlaw poster

Lobby card, "The Outlaw," 1950. 
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Offset lithograph
Courtesy Paul A. Hutton

Feb. 25 to Aug. 27, 2017

From "Billy the Kid" to "Breaking Bad," movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Over the past decade, film production in New Mexico has enjoyed a renaissance, thanks to state incentives. However, film has long been a part of New Mexico’s landscape, and the state’s landscape and people have often been featured in film.

Curated by Dr. Paul A. Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, "Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television" features three elements of New Mexico’s film history: the state as a location, the state as a subject, and the state’s people as subjects.

From Ace in the Hole (1951) to Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series, 1993-2001), nearly 800 movies and television series have been filmed in New Mexico. Explore the complete list!

View movie and television productions made in New Mexico

Compiled by Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Public Library

Video: Mayor Richard J. Berry: Film Studios in Albuquerque

Subheader Image Details

Elaine de Kooning, 1920 - 1989
"Juarez" (detail), 1959, oil on canvas
Collection of Albuquerque Museum