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

Folding Screen with the Siege of Belgrade (front). Mexico, circa 1697–1701. Oil on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 90 1/2 x 108 5/8 in. (229.9 x 275.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.21

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898

Feb. 16 - May 18, 2014

Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art.

Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers.

The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women's sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art.

Behind Closed Doors is organized by Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum.

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In Albuquerque, the exhibition is made possible due to the generous support of REDW.

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.

Rein Whitt-Pritchette, “Odysseus: The Folks on Coffee Hill,” 1980, serigraph on paper (bon-a-tier), 22 1/8 x 34 ¼ in., Museum purchase, PC2002.69.5

African American Art from the Permanent Collection

November 9, 2013 – May 4, 2014

This small installation in the Works on Paper gallery features drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings by African American artists who live in New Mexico, or have been inspired by the region. The diverse assembly include rarely exhibited treasures from the collection such as prints by Albuquerque based Rhein Whit-Pritchett, a monumental drawing by Santa Fe based Ron Adams, and a memory painting by Albuquerque artist Reginald Gammon. The installation will also feature recent acquisitions including an image from the series “Blacks in the West” by Los Angeles based photographer Tony Gleaton.

Caballero (Cavalryman) and alabardero (footsoldier), c. 1598, Iron, steel, brass, leather, cotton, Photographer: Damian Andrus, PC1981.219.1.a-j, 1982.20.1.a&b, 1982.38.1, 1981.213.1.a&b, 1982.35.1.a&b, 1982.197.1.a-k, 1981.229.1.a-e, 1982.191.1, 1981.75.1

Albuquerque: Along the Rio Grande

Nov. 20, 2011 - January 2014 (North and Transition Galleries)

For more than one hundred and twenty centuries, humans have lived in the region now known as the central Rio Grande Valley.

When Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s army camped in the area in 1540-1542, they encountered an indigenous Tiwa-speaking native culture well adapted to a high desert environment and battling to retain its autonomy and cultural beliefs.

For the next four centuries and especially after the founding of La Villa de Alburquerque in 1706, Spain, Mexico and ultimately the United States governed a population focused on survival, weathering harsh weather extremes, and building a unique economy based on agriculture, ranching, weaving, and merchant trade. Change came quickly after the railroad arrived in 1880 and especially after World War II, leading to huge population growth and making Albuquerque the creative and diverse city it is today.

Curator of history Deb Slaney notes, "This exhibition is just the right size and scope to carry us through to completion of our new core history exhibit, due to open in the Fall of 2014.

"Heavily drawn from 'Four Centuries: A History of Albuquerque,' it includes many of our most beloved and iconic artifacts. This exhibit is important because it allows us to continue to provide a context for students, families and out-of-town guests for learning about Albuquerque history while we are under construction during the next year and a half."

A Family Guide is available free of charge for this exhibition, thanks to the generous support of Lovelace Health Plan and Bank of Albuquerque.

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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