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Upcoming Exhibitions at Albuquerque Museum

Information about exhibitions coming to Albuquerque Museum.

Images in Silver: Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives

Isleta Maiden, c. 1890. Cobb Studio Collection. Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives

Isleta Maiden, c. 1890. Cobb Studio Collection. Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives

July 2017
Albuquerque Museum's rich archive of historic photographs - more than 130,000 - document Albuquerque, its people, architecture, businesses, urban landscape, and depictions of daily life and important events. The archives have long served as an important resource for the community, including artists and writers.

Albuquerque Museum's 50th anniversary is commemorated in a series of books highlight the Museum's collections. The guide to Photo Archives features 180 images drawn from six collections acquired over the years. In June 2017, we will exhibit 24 representative images to celebrate the publication of the anniversary collections guide.


Mansions, Motoring, and Millenials

Mansions, Motoring, and Millenials (vertical)

"Mansions, Motoring, and Millenials"
Fred Luthy Mansion c.1880, courtesy Albuquerque Museum Photoarchives, PA1977.096.043. Exterior view of the Carothers and Fuller featuring service station, Kelly Tires, and Texaco Petroleum Products c. 1938, courtesy Albuquerque Museum Photoarchives, PA1992.005.688. In 2006 the building was converted for the Standard Diner. Standard Diner Restaurant located at 320 Central Avenue SE, 2017, courtesy photographer Ann Carson.

Nov. 18, 2017 to May 20, 2018
Huning's Highland neighborhood has been impacted by the local economy and reflects drastic citywide changes. Historic exhibit photos document those changes primarily along Central Avenue. Huning's Highland was the first neighborhood platted after the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, laid tracks to Albuquerque in 1880. Subdivision boundaries are the railroad tracks on the west, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on the north, the freeway 1-25 on the east, and Iron Avenue on the south. This exhibition will show the impact municipal development has on residential neighborhoods by focusing on the dramatic transformation that occurred in Franz Huning's Highland Addition neighborhood along Central Avenue from the late 19th century to present day.

1908 Mansions
By 1908 most of the blocks were filled with homes that duplicated eastern or mid-western housing styles. Newcomers relocated to Albuquerque to work for the railroad and to establish and work at businesses downtown. Houses both grand and modest, lined Central Avenue and the neighborhood.

1950 Motoring
Central Avenue was designated as the newly routed Route 66 in 1937. Filling stations and small businesses replaced many of the homes. When the Pan American Highway, now 1-25, was opened in 1960 six motels eliminated most of the auto services. The neighborhood declined.

2017 Millennials
All the filling stations and two motels are gone. Old Albuquerque High School, which closed and sat empty for 25 years, is filled with classy condominiums and apartments. The old AT & SF railroad hospital is an elegant boutique hotel. Businesses and restaurants thrive. The present economic trend is targeted to the millennial crowd. Since 2005 Central and Broadway in Huning's Highland are now known as EDO or East Downtown. (Gallery 6 / The William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery)


Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Feb. 3 to May 6, 2018
Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, "Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design" illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance – and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century.

The exhibition focuses on a new generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers and designers from and within Africa, who – as »digital natives« – address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. »Making Africa« features a plethora of work cutting across a wide variety of media, such as the eyewear sculptures by Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, the furniture of Cheick Diallo from Mali and the photography of Mozambican Mário Macilau and Nigerian J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere.

Following its premiere at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the exhibition was presented at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain from autumn 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a 352-page publication, which offers a first-ever comprehensive overview of African contemporary design. (Gallery 1)

American Jewelry from New Mexico

American Jewelry from New Mexico

Cody Sanderson, bracelet, 2010 Diné, Santa Fe; Phillip Loretto, necklace, 1991 Jemez; Eduardo Rubio-Arzate, brooch, ca. 2008 Albuquerque; and Luis Mojica, box, 2009 Albuquerque

June 2 - Oct. 14, 2018
Albuquerque Museum presents a major traveling exhibition with accompanying book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, surveying, through approximately 300 spectacular objects, all aspects of jewelry adornment from prehistory to the present.  Rather than focus on a single culture group, individual artist, time period, or medium as have most jewelry exhibitions and publications, American Jewelry from New Mexico tells the stories of diverse heritages simultaneously, as artists live, in concert, trade, and adaptation with their neighbors.  Some of the earliest adornments included in the exhibition, dating to approximately 450 ce were made with materials, particularly shell, which was imported into the region from the Pacific coast, hundreds of miles away.  Regardless of the stereotype of New Mexico being a land “remote beyond compare” and isolated from other cultures, from the beginning artists in the region have been in contact with outside groups, adopting new materials and aesthetics with new exposure.

Jewelry making in New Mexico has always been about innovation, with artists celebrating new materials and techniques which, in the hands of master craftspeople, become instant traditions.  For millennia startlingly new materials including abalone shell, turquoise, silver, mother of pearl, gold, glass, Bakelite, Lucite, apatite, tungsten, bottle caps, and diamonds have been introduced, adopted, and elevated to idiosyncratic modes of exemplary expression.  Several of the most important United States designers of contemporary jewelry live and work in New Mexico yet for many their achievements are completely unknown locally: their work does not easily fit into any category of “New Mexican” jewelry.  Therefore a new, more appropriate identity for this work is found in simply calling it all “American jewelry.”  No region of our country has a longer and more continuous history of adornment from prehistory, through the Victorian era and the Depression to post-war modernism, and on to contemporary simultaneous celebrations of tradition and unprecedented experimentation. (Gallery 1)


Chinese American Community History

June 9, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019
(Gallery 6 / The William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery)


Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Velázquez, Diego (1599 Seville, Spain – 1660 Madrid, Spain), "Portrait of a Little Girl," ca. 1638-42, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 41 cm

Velázquez, Diego, (1599 Seville, Spain – 1660 Madrid, Spain)
"Portrait of a Little Girl," ca. 1638-42, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 41 cm

November 2018 to February 2019
The exhibition "Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library" includes over 200 of the most exceptional works spanning over 3,000 years in the collections of The Hispanic Society of America. A significant number of these works have not been exhibited outside of the Hispanic Society, and some have never before been exhibited. The exhibition opened at Museo Nacional del Prado and runs through September 2017. (Gallery 1 & 7)

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Subheader Image Details

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