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.
IBM Machine, Albuquerque National Bank Auditing Department, 1947, Photographer: Barnes & Caplin, Gift of Albuquerque National Bank, PA1980.184.624
Feb. 21 to Jan. 3, 2016
"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 percent 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.
Summer Artist-in-Residence: Lea Anderson
For the fifth year, the Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby. From July 14 through July 26, Albuquerque artist Lea Anderson will create a site-specific work of art on the north windows of the museum’s lobby. Anderson works in a variety of non-traditional sculptural materials including fiber and textiles, paper, and plastic.
During each work day Anderson will prepare printed plastic, organic-inspired elements and collaborate with Museum staff to install the individual parts on the inside of the lobby windows. Visitors are encouraged to watch the artist work and follow the development of her vision throughout the two week period. This dramatic, colorful, and monumental installation is titled Meridiae ((pronounced meh-rih-dee-yay) which is an invented word for the plural of meridian. Through this work, the artist is exploring the concept of a work of art as a "meridian" or a "portal"; a place of connection between the physical world and unseen cosmological entities.
With the formal geometric architectural grid of the lobby windows as a backdrop and framework, Anderson’s work will bring a lively, colorful, organic vitality to this grand space. The installation Meridiae will remain on view at the museum through the Summer of 2016.
Common Ground: Art in New Mexico
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.