Free Admission to Downtown Santa Fe State Museums During Indian Market Weekend

'Explore the art and history of New Mexico for free this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18...'

Date August 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

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Explore the art and history of New Mexico for free this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico Museum of Art. The Department of Cultural Affairs is waiving admission fees as a special treat to visitors at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market. The museums are open 10am—5 pm both days.

The New Mexico History Museum celebrates the state’s cowboy heritage, from Spanish vaqueros to outlaws and Navajo and Pueblo rodeo stars in Cowboys Real and Imagined. In Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May, the museum explores the legacy of a German author who conjured a Wild West of cowboys and Indians for an international audience.

While at the museum, enjoy this weekend’s Portal Artisans Celebration in the Palace Courtyard. From 10 am—5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, the Native American artisans who usually display and sell their goods on the Palace Portal will move to the Palace Courtyard with music, hand-crafted art, raffles, food, and traditional Indian dances. Enter through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum's main entrance on Lincoln Avenue.

At the New Mexico Museum of Art, It’s About Time: 14,000 Years of Art in New Mexico features 120 Native American, Hispanic American, and European American works of art, including Native artists T.C. Cannon, Fritz Scholder, Diego Romero, Maria Martinez, and many unnamed pueblo artists who created remarkable decorative ceramics. Shiprock and Mont St. Michel: Photographs by William Clift juxtaposes the Santa Fe photographer’s images of the sacred Navajo (Diné) monument with those of a tidal island off the northern coast of France.

This weekend, the Museum of Art’s courtyard hosts Will Wilson: Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, 2013. For the second year in a row, the artist/photographer sets up a working portrait studio in the East Sculpture Garden. Using an old-fashioned, large-format camera and the historic wet plate collodion process, he will invite a select group of indigenous artists and arts professionals to engage in the ritual interchange that is the photographic studio portrait. Watch him at work from 10:30 am—3:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

From a Department of Cultural Affairs press release...