Free First Friday Curator Talks

‘Mirror of Time: Cased Portraits from the Dawn of Photography’

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Admission: Free

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One of the best deals in town starts at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, where Fridays are free to everyone from 6 to 8 pm, May through October, and the first Friday of the month, November through April. We sweeten the deal with talks from our curators and other museum professionals.

“Mirror of Time: Cased Portraits from the Dawn of Photography.”
From 1839 into the 1860s, people held their loved ones’ images as daguerreotypes or ambrotypes tucked into hinged cases. The cases protected the images from exposure to the ravages of air—but that also bars them from public display. Toxic to produce, they are increasingly difficult to find, but the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives owns several hundred. Join Photo Archivist Daniel Kosharek as he pulls a few from storage for this special one-time viewing in the museum lobby.

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