De­signs That De­fine

An ‘ex­hibit about ex­hibits’ re­veals the evo­lu­tion of Santa Fe’s his­toric mu­se­ums.

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

The New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, is pre­sent­ing a unique “ex­hibit about ex­hibits” be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 26 with On Ex­hibit: De­signs That De­fined the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico.

The spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion will doc­u­ment the evo­lu­tion of ex­hibits in Santa Fe’s many his­toric mu­se­ums. It will track how pre­sen­ta­tion tech­niques changed as well as de­sign el­e­ments within gallery spa­ces.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture a unique com­bi­na­tion of his­toric pho­to­graphs placed along­side re­con­structed vignettes de­pict­ing early ex­hibit dis­plays. There will also be the­matic sec­tions on graphic de­sign, pro­duc­tion tech­niques and tools of the trade that high­light the cre­ative tal­ent and skill re­quired for ef­fec­tive ex­hibits. Video in­ter­views with mu­seum staff from the past and present will re­veal be­hind-thescenes sto­ries about the Santa Fe mu­se­ums not pre­vi­ously known. The in­stal­la­tion will in­clude ex­am­ples from the Palace of the Gover­nors/new Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art, Mu­seum of In­dian

Arts and Cul­ture, and se­lected New Mex­ico his­toric sites. The ex­hi­bi­tion was de­vel­oped by the New Mex­ico Depart­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs.

On Ex­hibit: De­signs That De­fined the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico con­tin­ues through Au­gust 31, 2019. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.newmex­i­c­o­cul­ture.org.

New Mex­ico His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, early ex­hi­bi­tion space in the east rooms of the Palace of the Gover­nors. ca.19151925. Es­tab­lished decades prior to the 1909 found­ing of the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico, this was the first pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion space in New Mex­ico. Palace of the Gover­nors Photo Ar­chives, NMHM, DCA, 001487.

Hall of Eth­nol­ogy ex­hibit space, 1942. Opened in 1941, the Hall of Eth­nol­ogy oc­cu­pied the Old Ar­mory Build­ing on Wash­ing­ton Av­enue un­til the late 1970s. This longterm ex­hi­bi­tion space ad­ja­cent to the Palace of the Gover­nors has nearly faded from pub­lic mem­ory. Palace of the Gover­nors Photo Ar­chives, NMHM, DCA, 132068.

The Artists Record: The Western Scene, 1965. New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Fine Arts, An ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings from the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. Palace of the Gover­nors Photo Ar­chives, NMHM, DCA, 138890.

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