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Revolving Exhibits

Arte Chicano De San Vicente 2018
September 12 - December 9, 2018
Special Reception: November 1, 2018, 3:30-5:30pm
Artwork in a variety of media and styles highlight the range and talent of Chicano artists working in Silver City. This year's selection features one well-established artist and three current or fresh out of Western New Mexico University's BFA program.
  • Fred Barraza features his linocuts and intaglio prints.
  • Patty Countryman and Krissy Ramirez, ceramicists, create work with autobiographical references.
  • Grecia Rivas' digital posters address contemporary issues such as migration and Chicano/a civil rights.

    Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra "Calidad"
    By Delilah Montoya
    Silver City Museum, Exhibits
    Delilah Montoya, Casta 14, dye sublimation on metal. Photo courtesy of the artist
    Exhibit runs June 15 through September 30, 2018. 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
    Silver City Museum, Exhibits
    Hobarts in front of the Ailman House
    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.

    UPSTAIRS Exhibit
    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.