South Gallery: Community Exhibitions
The Albuquerque Museum is launching a community history and contemporary issues exhibit project that will launch in March 2016. It will explore the rich heritage of Albuquerque through the stories of the people and community groups that make up the city. For more information, or to suggest an idea or submit a proposal for an exhibit, please download the exhibition packet and/or contact: Deborah Slaney, Curator of History, Albuquerque Museum, [email protected]
Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman
Unidentified French makers, Milliners’ heads, 1820-70, Carved wood, papier-mâché, 13 ½, 17, 15 in. height, New-York Historical Society, INV.8708, INV.8709, INV.8707
September 5-November, 29, 2015
An exciting exhibition culled from the New-York Historical Society’s extraordinary trove of over 2,000 folk art objects acquired by the avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882–1946) and his wife, Viola Spiess Flannery Nadelman (1878–1962). As the first major examination of Nadelman’s seminal role in folk art collecting, this exhibition will make a significant contribution to the field of folk art studies.
Elie Nadelman is widely recognized for his elegant, modernist sculpture. Less familiar is his pioneering folk art collection, an impressive but little-known material legacy that survives at the New-York Historical Society. Influenced by the folk arts of his native Poland and other European countries, Nadelman began collecting after immigrating to New York City in 1914, an activity that accelerated after his marriage in 1919.
The Nadelmans’ acquisitions spanned a wide geographic range and a great variety of media—furniture, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, iron, pewter, drawings, watercolors and household tools. Beginning in 1926, they displayed the collection in their Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts, built on their estate in Riverdale, New York. The first museum in the United States devoted exclusively to folk art, it was also the first in the world to focus on the European origins of American folk art.
Making it Modern will showcase approximately 100 objects displayed in groupings akin to those devised by the Nadelmans in their museum. The majority will be drawn from New-York Historical's holdings, supplemented by a few key loans. Several examples of Nadelman's "modern" sculpture will help to explore the influence of folk art on the artist’s own oeuvre.
The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico
Higinio Gonzales, b. 1842, Tin frame with mirror, c. 1885, Punched tin, glass, Gift of Ward Alan Minge and Shirley Jolly Minge, PC1991.51.27
December 19, 2015 - April 4, 2016
After more than a century of obscurity, art historian and tinsmith Maurice Dixon discovers that a New Mexican artisan, formerly known only as the Valencia Red and Green Tinsmith, is actually Higinio V. Gonzales, a prolific and bilingual 19th-century educator, artisan, poet, and musician. This exhibition traces the life of Gonzales and, for the very first time, explores his influence on music, poetry, and the arts in New Mexico.