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

Dennis and Nancy Edaakie (Zuni). Koshare (Pueblo Clown) bolo tie, 1991. Silver with coral and shell inlay, 2 3/4 inches high.

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry

June 28-October 12, 2014

Join us for a fun-filled exploration of the intriguing history of the bolo tie, New Mexico’s official state neckwear. Organized by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the exhibition traces the history of the bolo tie back to 19th-century scarf slides and slide necklaces. The bolo tie we know of today emerged in the 1940s as a challenge to traditional neckwear.

Bolo ties were haute couture in Western movies and mid-century TV shows, and through the decades have become a major expression of Native American artists including Charles Loloma, Hopi, and Norbert Peshlakai, Navajo. Bolo ties remain popular, and are even re-invented in unique mediums such as glass and ceramics. Be sure to attend the June 28 opening reception bedecked in your favorite bolos – the more, the merrier!

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry is organized by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, made possible by the Virginia M. Ullman Foundation.


Summer Artist in Residence: Ernest Doty

July 15-25, 2014

For the fourth year, the Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby.  From Tuesday, July 15 through Friday, July 25, Albuquerque born and raised artist Ernest Doty will paint a site-specific work of art at the museum.  Doty, who now lives in Oakland, California, works primarily in aerosol paint and is nationally respected as a creator of large scale outdoor paintings.  During each work day he will develop the painted surfaces outside in the Museum’s amphitheater and collaborate with Museum staff to install the individual parts in the lobby.

Visitors are encouraged to watch the artist work each day and follow the development of his vision throughout the two week period.  Doty’s imagery is often inspired by birds and invented animals and incorporates the joyous prismatic effects of rainbows and hard edged shapes.  With the powerful geometric architecture of the lobby as a backdrop and framework, Doty’s paintings will bring a lively, colorful vitality to that grand space.

Doty’s as-yet-untitled installation will remain on view at the museum through the Fall.


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.

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


Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance

March 29 - January 31, 2015

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.


Ernest Blumenschein, Star Road and White Sun, 1920, Museum Purchase

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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