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Revolving Exhibits
May 29 - June 6, 2018
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Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico
Exhibit runs January 13 through May 28, 2018
Silver City Museum, Exhibits
Dancer Betty Serna Cárdenas performing for the USO,
ca. 1947. Courtesy of Elizabeth Serna Cárdenas.
Credit: Courtesy of Elizabeth Serna Cárdenas
Opening Reception:
Friday, January 12, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The public is invited

Known as a folkloric art form that began among the Gypsy people of southern Spain, Flamenco: From Spain to the New Mexico traces flamenco to its arrival in the United States and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. Now a declared a 'Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity' by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Silver City will have the opportunity to explore flamenco's unique and elegant style.

This exhibition will explore the history and role of flamenco. Handed down from generation to generation, between family and community members living at society's edges, flamenco incorporates historic dance and music traditions from Roman times to the Arabic period. Flamenco expresses a way of life shaped by a multitude of cultural and regional influences such as the Gitanos (Romany people) of Spain and Andalusian regional customs. This exhibition also examines Spain's ferias and fiestas, their introduction to the southwestern United States, and the individuals who contributed to making flamenco a popular art form in this country as well as flamenco's integration into New Mexico's culture.

By tracing flamenco's journey from fifteenth and sixteenth century Spain to twentieth century Europe's most cultured cities, this exhibition includes costumes (both historic and contemporary), musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. These objects chronicle flamenco's evolution from a rural, folkloric tradition to elaborate staged productions incorporating extravagantly costumed dancers, accompanied by virtuoso guitarists. The objects that will be on display also trace flamenco's transition to recording studios and the silver screen which allowed the art to gain a massive popular audience.

This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM and is circulating through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions. Supported by the International Folk Art Foundation. Exhibition Sponsors: Heritage Hotels and Resorts and New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation. [ Press Release . . . ]

Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra "Calidad"
Exhibit runs June 15 through September 30, 2018
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Delilah Montoya, Casta 14, dye sublimation on metal. Photo courtesy of the artist
Opening Reception:
Friday, June 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The public is invited.
Admission free; donations greatly appreciated.

Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra "Calidad" is an ethnographic art project that examines the ethnic roots of Colonial Heritage Families by photographing genre portraits and DNA testing the descendants living in New Mexico and Texas. Nuestra "Calidad" is born out of research and interest in the racial categorizing as expressed in the Colonial Casta Painting that originated in New Spain. This 18th century tradition was first developed as paintings of medieval race hierarchy depicting family racial and class types and ultimately developed into endless racial permutation that took place in the colonies.
Montoya's photographic portraits and accompanying DNA analysis provide insights for both sitter and viewer on the instability of identity and the means through which we are inclined to construct our own histories.

The Hobarts: A Look at a New Mexican Family
Exhibit runs June 15 through September 30, 2018
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Hobarts in front of the Ailman House
Opening Reception:
Friday, June 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The public is invited.
Admission free; donations greatly appreciated.

The Hobart family was the second family to live in the house that is now the Silver City Museum. They were active in the community and made several important changes to the Ailman House. The family owned and operated a hotel on Main Street before it was the Big Ditch. However, for a long time, the Hobarts and their time in Silver City have been somewhat of a mystery.

Thanks to a recent donation from a descendant, we are able to take a new look at the Hobart family. Ongoing research on this collection continues to reveal new insights on this unique family.

Come explore never before seen photographs, documents, and personal items of the Hobart family and learn more about our neighbors from the past.

The Silver City Museum's exhibit entitled, The Flood Season: How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch features historic photographs and eyewitness newspaper accounts from the many floods that destroyed downtown Main Street in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Historic District Window Exhibits
Historic Districts Interpretive window exhibits are on display facing the Courtyard.

Each of the four districts has a map, with corresponding information about the history and architecture of the district.

The maps interpret the unique buildings and history of Silver City, and the importance of historic preservation.
Walking tours of three historic districts include:
  • Historic Business District,
  • La Capilla,
  • Gospel Hill.
Each tour includes maps, illustrations, and histories of specific buildings in the tour area. These materials are currently available for free, while supplies last, at the Silver City Museum and the Murray Ryan Visitor Center.