Mixed Media On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico
Over the course of the past century, New Mexico’s cultural institutions have grown alongside the state’s rich historic and artistic heritage. The Museum of New Mexico system, comprising four state-run Santa Fe museums — the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Palace of the Governors/ New Mexico History Museum, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture, and the Museum of International Folk Art — continues to reflect the voices of the past and present, as it has over the decades in countless dynamic exhibitions. As presentations changed with the times, the museums have evolved aesthetics and techniques to match New Mexico’s unique character. On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico takes a decidedly meta look back to see how Santa Fe exhibits have changed since the 1885 public opening of the first museum space at the Palace of the Governors.
Intended to highlight institutional milestones, as well as the vital role that presentations give in providing worthwhile visitor experiences, the show includes photo documentation of past exhibits as well as reconstructions of the museum system’s early displays. On Exhibit also covers key elements to mounting a successful show, such as graphic design and production techniques. Video interviews with current and former museum professionals offer a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of these cultural mainstays.
On Exhibit opens on Friday, Oct. 26, and is free that evening for New Mexico residents with ID from 5 to 7 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave.). The show is on view through Aug. 31, 2019. Call 505-476-5200 for information.
The Artists Record: The Western Scene, 1966, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts; below, Hall of Ethnology exhibit space in the old armory building on Washington Ave., 1942; images courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives