Current Exhibitions

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

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Christian Louboutin
Printz
Spring-Summer 2013-14
Courtesy of Christian Louboutin
Photograph by Jay Zukerkorn

Christian Louboutin, "Printz," Spring-Summer 2013-14, Courtesy of Christian Louboutin, Photograph by Jay Zukerkorn.

May 30 to Aug. 9, 2015

"Killer Heels" explores fashion's most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos gracing today's runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe's rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes defying categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers and from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Albuquerque venue will also include heels by local designers and artists including Janice Ortiz, Virgil Ortiz, Goldie Garcia, Teri Greeves, and Deana McGuffin.

Exhibit Credits

"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibition-related educational programs are generously supported by The Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

The "Killer Heels" Members Opening Reception is generously sponsored by Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman, & Sale, PC.

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Under the Influence: Psychedelic Art

Friedenstreich Hundertwasser (born 1928, Vienna – Died 2000, New Zealand), 'Homage to Schroder-Sonnenstern,' 1972, 8 Color Serigraph with foil stamping, Albuquerque Museum, gift of Elaine and Arnold Horwitch,1981.265.7

Friedenstreich Hundertwasser (born 1928, Vienna – Died 2000, New Zealand), "Homage to Schroder-Sonnenstern," 1972, 8 Color Serigraph with foil stamping, Albuquerque Museum, gift of Elaine and Arnold Horwitch,1981.265.7

June 6 to Oct. 11, 2015

Under the Influence is a selection of art that directly or indirectly reflects a basic human urge toward personal revelation, and occasional revolution. It will include a small selection of prints, drawings, collages, and music posters that could all loosely be considered psychedelic.

Psychedelic literally means "mind-manifesting." The most common association is probably to the class of mind-altering substances for which the term was originally coined. Next thoughts are likely to involve the musical and cultural movements whose impacts on American culture are so pervasive as to be incalculable. We immediately conjure images of Jimi Hendrix, paisley prints, and swirling, trippy, brightly-colored amoebas; but the psychedelic influence goes well beyond the clichés.

Properly speaking, all art attempting to depict the human psyche can be termed psychedelic. Many art movements in the 20th century were inspired by the belief that to create a new and better world (or self), one first had to visualize it. California, particularly the San Francisco bay area, became the epicenter for what was arguably the largest cultural revolution in history. Visual art was no small part of that story.

Seamlessly integrated with the music, spirituality, and politics of the era, so-called psychedelic art had many faces, and many influences. New Mexico was on the migration and pilgrimage route of many “hippies” and other counter-cultural visionaries; thousands came, and many stayed. But the spread of new music, art and ideas didn’t just rely on itinerant missionaries; it was streamed on the airwaves, and seen in the art galleries.

Under the Influence will feature music posters from the 1960s for bands like the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, alongside other art that visualizes non-ordinary states of awareness. Featured works are primarily drawn from the Museum’s rich permanent collection of works on paper.


Rad Gadgets

IBM Machine, Albuquerque National Bank Auditing Department, 1947, Photographer: Barnes & Caplin, Gift of Albuquerque National Bank, PA1980.184.624

IBM Machine, Albuquerque National Bank Auditing Department, 1947, Photographer: Barnes & Caplin, Gift of Albuquerque National Bank, PA1980.184.624

Feb. 21 to Aug. 1, 2015

"Rad Gadgets" is a fun look at off-the-wall vintage tools and equipment from the Museum collection. The exhibit will be presented in the newly named William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery just a few weeks before the opening of the new history exhibition.

"Rad Gadgets" will inspire visitors to explore the Museum's collection of antique and vintage gadgets, with an eye toward recycling. Particularly trendy is the notion of using Victorian-era industrial design as inspiration for contemporary Steampunk art and fashion.

"Rad Gadgets" features vintage tools and equipment including recent gifts from the Hays family, Keleher family, Bob Myers, PNM Forerunners, and others. The collection ranges from simple and strange to quirky and complicated. No single object will be identified upon first glance – you'll have to guess what it is!

Visitors will be able draw fantasy gadgets and vote for their favorite gadget. Programs will explore the role historic tools, equipment and their intriguing parts play in fashion design, recycled art, and Steampunk art.


Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque

May 2015 to March 2016

A grim pronouncement from one’s doctor at the turn of the century was tuberculosis. More than 80% of the American population was infected by the age of 20. The bacterial infection meant a search for any recommended cure, where there was none to be found. Many sufferers made their way to the American Southwest. The high desert climate and air was advertised as a panacea. Modern Albuquerque was built by the railroad steam engine and the engine of tuberculosis.

The Catholic Sister’s of Charity based at Mount St. Joseph, Ohio opened the first sanatorium and hospital in Albuquerque in 1902. The Mt. St. Joseph Sanatorium was soon followed by the Rev. Hugh Albert Cooper’s Presbyterian Sanatorium and the Methodist Deaconess Sanatorium among others. The legacy of these early “Sans” in Albuquerque is the state of the art medical care facilities we have today. The Photoarchive exhibit will feature images of the tuberculosis sanatoriums of Albuquerque as well as the patients and health providers.


Common Ground: Art in New Mexico

Ernest Blumenschein, 'Star Road and White Sun,' 1920, 1986.50.3

Ernest Blumenschein, " Star Road and White Sun", 1920, 1986.50.3

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 by downloading a copy.