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

Frederick Hammersley: The Art of Conversation

Through May 31, 2015

Internationally renowned artist and longtime Albuquerque resident Frederick Hammersley was most famous for his abstract paintings and prints, and as one of the four "Abstract Classicists" celebrated in a 1959 exhibition of that same name.

Body of Work

Hammersley freely acknowledged that drawing was the foundation for all of his work. In addition to abstract works and studies for paintings, over more than six decades he produced an extraordinary body of portrait drawings, still lifes, and figure studies, in an eclectic range of styles from the most traditional to the comically weird. Many of these works have never been exhibited and provide an exciting look at Hammersley's working methods.

The Artist

Frederick Hammersley was born in Salt Lake City in 1919. From 1942-1945, he served as an Army sergeant in Europe during World War II and stayed in Paris after the end of the war to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1968, he moved to Albuquerque to teach at UNM. He resigned in 1971 and devoted himself full-time to making art until his death in 2009.

Summer Artist in Residence: Ernest Doty

Through Spring 2015

For the fourth year, the Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby.  In July 2014, Albuquerque-born and raised artist Ernest Doty painted 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.

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.

First American

July 12, 2014-January 2015

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.”

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.

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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