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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.

Summer Artist in Residence: Ernest Doty

July 15-25, 2014

Street Artist Ernest Doty, originally from Albuquerque, is this Summer’s Artist in Residence. Stop by the Museum to as questions and observe how an artist works. Due to the use of aerosol paints, Ernest will mainly work in the Museum Amphitheater, and completed pieces of his mural will be installed in the Museum Lobby.

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.

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