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Revolving Exhibits
50 Years Ago In Silver City
50th Anniversary Special Exhibition
Exhibit runs May 19 - December 31, 2017

The Silver City Museum opened its doors to the public in July 1967. The exhibition tells the origin story of the Museum and places it in the context of life in Silver City and Grant County circa 1962-1976. Artifacts and photographs of the era from both the Silver City Museum's collection and borrowed from community members will be on view.

The Town of Silver City granted permission to establish the Silver City Museum in the H.B. Ailman House, then in use as the fire station. The Museum would share the space with the fire department for the first years of its existence until the fire department moved to its new building. In telling the story of the Museum founders, the exhibit connects to their other interests and projects in historic preservation, forming the local arts community and the Food Co-op.

The exhibition features popular culture artifacts and photographs, showcasing the music, clothing, sports, and cars of the era. Also featured, newsworthy local happenings in education, civil rights, mining, rodeo, and space exploration.

Vignettes comprising artifacts collected in 1967 will be displayed in the Museum hallway cases to give visitors a sense of the Museum collection in those early days. In addition to the exhibition, the Museum is planning a slate of programs to celebrate this landmark year.
This exhibition and its supporting community programs are made possible by the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arte Chicano De San Vicente 2017
Exhibit runs September 22 - December 10, 2017
silver city museum, silver city nm Featuring artwork by:

Dayna Griego,
Peter Garcia,
Ruben Gonzales.
Artwork in a variety of media and styles highlight the range and talent of area Chicano artists. Ruben Gonzales, now deceased, worked in the mines and turned to art later in life. He became artist-in-residence at Western New Mexico University and influenced the students and faculty there. Assemblage sculptures created with found materials are among his best known works.

Artist and activist Peter Garcia is a former resident of Silver City, currently residing in Las Cruces. He is known for papel picado and works on paper more generally. He also creates digital art from scans of work he starts on paper.

Dayna Griego grew up in Albuquerque, traveled the world, and now lives in the Arenas Valley. Expressionistic, from the heart, Griego currently creates art in glass, ceramic, paint, and print. All three create artwork in mixed and varying media.
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Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico
Exhibit runs January 15 through May 28, 2018
silver city museum, silver city nmOpening 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. [ Press Release . . . ]

The Ailman Family in Silver City - A family friendly interactive parlor exhibition

H.B. Ailman and Family in the Parlor (Collection of the Silver City Museum)
This interactive exhibition allows visitors to enter into and experience the Victorian Parlor of the H. B. Ailman family. It is a family friendly exhibit that all age groups will enjoy. H. B. Ailman built the home in 1881 that now houses the Silver City Museum. The parlor has been designed for guests to actually use the vintage and reproduction furniture and games, and experience what a fine home in Silver City would have been like in the 1890s. Parlors were used to express wealth and for entertaining guests.
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.