Mixed Me­dia On Ex­hibit: De­signs That De­fined the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - — Michael Abatemarco

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

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