Santa Fe Museums
Santa Fe is know for its world class museums. Many of the Santa Fe Museums can be purchased with a single ticket and the locals know that on Friday evenings 5pm to 7pm many are free, including the Georgia O'keeffe Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Palace of the Governors. With over a dozen nationally acclaimed art museums in a town of just eighty thousand Santa Fe truly is the city different.
Allan Houser Sculpture Park
Call for reservations and directions, 505-471-1528, www.allanhouser.org
Allan Houser (1914-1994) was one of the foremost Native American artists of the 20th century, acclaimed as both painter and sculptor. More than 80 of his sculptures can be viewed in a beautiful 12-acre garden at the compound he built south of Santa Fe in the 1980s. The grounds include a visitor center, gallery and gift shop.
Bataan Memorial Museum
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-474-1670
This collection of military artifacts and manuscripts is a memorial to the thousands of men and women who endured the infamous Death March on the Pacific island of Bataan in 1942. More than 1,800 of the victims were soldiers from New Mexico.
Chimayo Blanket, c. 1920, 90" x 47"
Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-982-1338, www.ccasantafe.org
This innovative and multi-faceted contemporary arts organization offers regional art exhibits plus film, video, music, theater and dance programs.
Ed Mell, Primal Storm - Study for Grand Canyon Music Festival, Oil on Canvas, 22" x 36"
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, 87501, 505-992-0591, www.elmuseocultural.org
El Museo also hosts changing exhibitions, theater and musical performances, and other community events.
Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows, "Coronado"
Bronze Edition of 50, 15" x 12" x 11"
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (5 miles southwest of Santa Fe near the village of La Cienega), 505-471-2261, www.golondrinas.org
Comprising 33 historic structures on 200 acres, this living history museum portrays the daily lives of northern New Mexico ranch families in the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to daily demonstrations, check for special weekend events, spring through fall.
Susan Kliewer, "Tres Amigas"
Bronze Edition of 45, 10" x 16" x 9"
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson St., Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-946-1000, www.okeeffemuseum.org
This popular museum, located just off the Plaza, contains the world's largest collection of O'Keeffe's art. Changing exhibitions explore the work of O'Keeffe and her modernist contemporaries in American art.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) Road Past the View II
c. 1964, 18" x 30"
The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research
660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-954-7205, www.sarweb.org
The School of American research houses one of the world's finest collections of Southwest Native pottery, weaving and painting. Public tours are offered each Friday at 2:00 PM. Call for reservations.
Navajo Double Saddle Blanket, c. 1900, 56" x 31"
Museum of Contemporary Native Art
108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-983-8900, www.iaiancad.org
MoCNA features temporary exhibitions of artwork by faculty, students, and alumni of the Institute of American Indian Art. IAIA is a two-year college whose purpose is to create a living legacy of artistic expression built on traditional cultures but reflecting contemporary Native life.
Shonto Begay, The Healing Ride, Acrylic on Canvas, 53" x 75"
Museum of Fine Arts
107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-476-5072, www.mfasantafe.org
This masterpiece of Pueblo Revival architecture is the state's oldest art museum and home to more than 20,000 artworks. With an emphasis on artists working in the Southwest, the collection spans the historic art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe through cutting-edge contemporary art from around the region and the world.
Amadeus Fleck (1892 - 1977), "Young Man with Sombrero"
c. 1931, Oil on Canvas, 20" x 24"
Museum of New Mexico
The state museum system of New Mexico owns and operates four museum facilities in Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, and New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. (Please see individual listings.)
Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) South from Quartz Mountain, October 1927, Oil on Canvas Board, 10" x 14"
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Museum Hill, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-476-1269, www.miaclab.org
A premier repository of Native art and material culture, MIAC tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary times. The museum serves a diverse, multicultural audience through changing exhibitions, public lectures, field trips, and other educational programs.
Hobart Edwards (b. 1936) "Popovi's Final Touch"
Museum of International Folk Art
Museum Hill, Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-476-1200, www.moifa.org
MOIFA houses the world's largest collection of traditional folk art ranging from dolls, puppets and masks to textiles, furniture and ceramics. Experience the culture of more than 100 countries as presented in life-size interactive exhibits, cultural festivals and hands-on activities for families and children.
Cochiti - Helen Cordero Story Teller Turtle, c. 1983, 6.5" x 11.75"
Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts
Museum Hill, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-982-2226, www.spanishcolonial.org
The MoSCA collection represents the artistic history and ongoing evolution of Hispanic culture in New Mexico, while firmly establishing its place within the global arts landscape. Dating from the Middle Ages to the present, the collection is the most comprehensive compilation of Spanish Colonial arts in the Southwest.
Dennis Ziemienski, Chilies and Corn, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 48"
New Mexico State Capitol Governor's Gallery
Old Santa Fe Trail at Paseo de Peralta, NM, 505-476-5072, nmartmuseum.org/site/about/governors-gallery
The New Mexico State Capitol building houses an outstanding collection of traditional and contemporary work by New Mexico artists. Paintings, sculptures, weavings, pottery, furniture and other art forms are on public display throughout the building. The Governor's Gallery on the 4th Floor hosts changing exhibits organized by the Museum of Fine Arts. Tours are available; call for times.
Sioux Child's Vest, c. 1910, 12.5" x 13.5"
New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors
105 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-476-5100, www.nmhistorymuseum.org and www.palaceofthegovernors.org
Santa Fe's newest museum combines artifacts, photographs, sound, and film in a narrative of New Mexico's multicultural history from pre-historic times to the present. It is adjacent to Santa Fe's oldest building, the Palace of the Governors. Built on Santa Fe's Plaza in 1610, the Palace is the oldest public building in continuous use in the United States. Its permanent and temporary exhibitions chronicle select stories from Santa Fe and New Mexico history.
San Francisco de Paula Retablo, circa late 19th century, 14" x 10"
Poeh Cultural Center, 78 Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506, 505-455-3334, www.poehcenter.com
Located on the Pojoaque Pueblo Reservation just north of Santa Fe, the Poeh Museum exhibits the art and culture of the Pueblo peoples with an emphasis on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Tesuque.
Navajo Rectangular, Oval and Triangular Turquoise stones and Silver Bracelet, c. 1920
Randall Davey Audubon Center
1800 Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-983-4609, http://nm.audubon.org
Now a 135 acre nature preserve, this property was the home of artist Randall Davey, a nationally known modernist painter. When Davey bought the land in 1920, he converted an old stone sawmill into his home and studio. They are now preserved as a museum containing the Daveys' original furnishings as well as many paintings by the artist.
Rare Maria Martinez polychrome bowl, c. 1920, 9"
Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michael's Drive on the College of Santa Fe campus, 505-424-5050, www.sfai.org
This innovative museum/teaching space brings nationally known artists to Santa Fe for exhibitions, workshop, publications and outreach programs. Call for current programs and hours.
Sue Rother, The Salmon Arroyo, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 24"
Santa Fe Children's Museum
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505,
Engaging hands-on exhibits, outdoor gardens and special programs change throughout the year.
Josh Elliott, Under the Sun, Oil on Panel, 30" x 40"
SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-989-1199, www.sitesantafe.org
SITE Santa Fe is the city's premiere contemporary art space featuring regional, national and international exhibitions and programs.
Zuni Nahalish Corn Dancer Kachina, c1930, 9" x 3" x 2.5"
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Museum Hill, 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-982-4636, 800-607-4636, www.wheelwright.org
The Wheelwright hosts exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art with an emphasis on the Southwest. The museum and the Case Trading Post museum shop also sponsor talks, seminars, meet-the-artist receptions and many other events. In 2012, the Wheelwright Museum celebrates it 75th anniversary, making it New Mexico's oldest independent museum. Admission is free.
Robert D. Draper (b. 1938), "Hopi Pueblo" Pastel, 28" x 39"