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V.26 No.2 | 01/12/2017

Everyone Loves the Movies

Our state's history in film and television

From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Over the past decade, film production in New Mexico has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to state incentives. However, film has long been a part of New Mexico's landscape, and the state's landscape and people have often been featured in film.

Curated by Dr. Paul A. Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television features three elements of New Mexico's film history: the state as a location, the state as a subject and the state's people as subjects.

"It's essentially Hollywood Southwest," says Hutton, a self-described addicted collector of film memorabilia. "We're highlighting New Mexico as a center for filmmaking from [silent film star] D.W. Griffith onward, and the locations that are so prevalent. We'll show why New Mexico is so great for filmmaking, from the landscape to the light to the weather. We're also highlighting films about New Mexicans, such as Billy the Kid. I love the idea of two really bad hombres and what they say about New Mexico. And yes, I'm talking about Breaking Bad, too."

Hutton has been involved in film, and the history of film, for most of his career.

Also working closely on this project is Dr. Jason Strykowski, who has worked on many films and TV series, and has been instrumental in acquiring some of the artifacts for the exhibition. Costumes from The Avengers and The Lone Ranger came from Strykowski's connection to both films.

The exhibit design takes visitors behind the scenes on a film set. Plans include creating a green-screen experience for kids to explore what it feels like to be on a set. The original 1920s projection unit from the KiMo Theatre will also be on display.

Other artifacts will include movie posters, movie clips, plus other pop-culture tie-ins, such as toys and promotional items. Hutton notes that some of the historical items they hoped to include from early films such as artifacts from such classics as Lonely are the Brave, based on Edward Abbey's classic second novel The Brave Cowboy, don't exist. "One of the challenges we've had is finding the material and convincing people to lend it to us," Hutton says. "The film industry has been a throw-away industry."

An educational element of the exhibition focuses on film production as an industry in New Mexico. Hutton and Strykowski have worked with state and city film offices to highlight some of the jobs, such as grip, gaffer and craft services - and New Mexicans that do those jobs - to illustrate how the industry is a local economic driver. "We're trying to explain why New Mexico is and always has been an attractive place for filmmakers," Hutton says. "We want to have fun with this, get people excited, wow them, and appeal to young and old alike. After all, everyone loves the movies."

This schedule subject to change. Visit for current information.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-3pm.
Public Opening: Hollywood Southwest
At 1 p.m. guest curator Paul Hutton discusses the history of film in New Mexico. Create art inspired by the exhibition in the Museum School from 1-3pm.

Thursday, March 16, 5-8:30pm.
Women in Film: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Screenings and panel discussions exploring the role of women in film.

Thursday, April 20, 5-8:30pm.
Wild West: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Explore the myth and enduring legacy of the western in the New Mexico.

Saturday, April 29, 3-5pm.
Tour: Trollywood
Climb aboard a completely-custom, uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley as we embark on a two-hour tour of locations from movies made in Albuquerque. You will also gain an understanding of the New Mexico film industry and why we make movies here, tax incentives, behind-the-scenes stories and more. Featuring locations from such productions as Breaking Bad, The Avengers, No Country for Old Men, Transformers, Crazy Heart, Preacher, Beerfest, Wild Hogs, Observe and Report, Terminator Salvation and more. The tour is provided by ABQ Trolley Co. Tickets are $50 at

Thursday, May 18, 5-8:30pm.
Indie Film Night: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
This evening features short films and discussions from independent filmmakers.

Thursday, June 15, 5-8:30pm.
Family Night: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Enjoy family friendly activities exploring film in New Mexico.

Saturday, July 8, 10am-2pm.
Made in Native America
This day features screenings and discussions with Native American filmmakers from New Mexico.

Thursday, July 20, 5-8:30pm.
Page to Screen: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Explore the transformation of novel to screen with a panel of local screenwriters.

Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6pm.
Chatter Summer Concert Series: Music in Film
Chatter, a chamber music ensemble, curates a dynamic musical series exploring film in New Mexico.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Albuquerque Museum is the cornerstone of Albuquerque's cultural community and in its short history has had unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of its collections.

Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays. General admission - New Mexico residents: adults and teens $3, seniors $2 and children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month from 5-8:30 p.m.

V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

Fashion Inspired by Art

Patricia Michaels, Taos fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant (, will give a talk at Albuquerque Museum on November 4th entitled "The Heart of Mother Earth Given to the Soul of Women in the Arts who Touched Taos."

Michaels' strong roots at Taos Pueblo and the influence of the modernist aesthetic of women artists and patrons of 20th century New Mexico (including Georgia O'Keeffe, Agnes Martin, and Mabel Dodge Luhan) influence her designs and philosophy.

The evening begins at 6pm with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres cocktail reception. Michaels will speak at 7 p.m. Guests will have the rare opportunity to purchase select items of Michaels' couture during the Trunk Show. Jewelry, scarves, and clothing (with prices starting at $45) will be shown by live models strolling and mingling with guests. All items will be available for sale at the Museum Store.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $30 ($ The price includes entry to the nationally acclaimed exhibition, Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company: American Moderns and the West, in which you can see artwork by the women who inspire Michaels' designs.

Make it a night on the town with friends, fashion, and fancy finger foods.

An Evening with Patricia Michaels is sponsored by NM Arts.

Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am-5pm; closed Mondays. General Admission - New Mexico residents: Adults and Teens $3, Seniors $2, Children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9am-1pm, from 9am-5pm on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5-8:30pm on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month. Fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times.

For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at (505) 243-7255.

V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
Pantheon Slice, Rome, Italy
Antoine Predock

Internationally Renowned Architect Featured in Albuquerque Museum Exhibition

Whether capturing a site visited on one of his globe-trotting trips, or imagining one of his buildings, Antoine Predock's sketches trace the hand's intuitive rush across a surface, condensing a rich sensorium of perceptions and experiences into memorably succinct collations of line and color. Visitors to the Albuquerque Museum will see nearly 200 sketches, some still in their original sketchbooks, and dozens of models, some carved by hand, others digitally 3-D printed.

Co-curated by Christopher Mead and Mira Woodson, Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock makes a case for the continued relevance of drawings made by hand in our increasingly electronic world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by University of New Mexico Press, Drawing Into Architecture: The Sketches of Antoine Predock, edited by Mead and designed by Woodson.

As a student in the 1950's at the University of New Mexico, Predock regularly drifted from the architecture program (in Engineering) over to the Art Department to study with the sculptor and painter John Tatschl, and the painters Elaine De Kooning and Walter Kulhman. These artists showed Predock how seeing and making ran together in a dialogue between visuality and materiality mediated by the human body: as De Kooning explained at the time, "painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." Carved by hand with a knife, in place of a drawing's pen or brush, Predock's clay models use a sculptural material to painterly effect, shaping form and space into planes of solid and void.

On Saturday, June 25, Drawing Into Architecture opens to the public with a visit from the architect himself. At 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend a discussion between guest curator Christopher Mead and Antoine Predock. Other events on opening day include:
1-4pm. Family Art Activity: Create your own art inspired by Antoine Predock's work.
2-5pm. Art in the Afternoon: featuring music by New Mexican Marimba Band.
All events are included with the price of admission.

Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5pm, closed Mondays. General Admission - New Mexico residents: Adults and Teens $3, Seniors $2, Children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9am-1pm, from 9am-5pm on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5-8pm on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month. Fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times.

For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at 243-7255.

V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016

Curator from Museum of Arts and Design Speaks at ABQ Museum

Explore the world of contemporary design, craft and art from Latin America with Lowery Stokes Sims, curator emerita from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Sims will share the rich stories she uncovered in her research for the exhibition, New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America on display at Albuquerque Museum through April 17.

Sims' talk, which takes place on Sunday, April 3 at 1pm, will focus on how specific cities and locales not only determined the thematic organization of the exhibition, but also directly determined and impacted the design of individual works of arts in the exhibition.

Sims's discussion emerges from her travel to cities in Latin America to meet with young designers, where she was able to observe how the particular design solutions represented in the exhibition were influenced by elements such as the streets sounds of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the chaotic topography of the ranchos of Caracas, and even the sinkholes of Mexico City.

Additionally the lecture will note the ingenuity of designers who use and adapt materials at hand from recycled plastic bottles to hardware to carnival leftovers in their design solutions.

Lowery Stokes Sims is Chief Curator of Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design. Sims was executive director then president of The Studio Museum in Harlem and served as Adjunct Curator for the Permanent Collection. She was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 to 1999. A specialist in modern and contemporary art she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists.

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V.25 No.7 | 02/18/2016
Marat (Sebastião), from Pictures of Garbage
Vik Muniz

Award-Winning Documentary Wasteland to be Shown at Albuquerque Museum

A film described as "an uplifting portrait of the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit" will be shown at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW) in association with the New Territories exhibition. The award-winning documentary Waste Land, a 2010 British-Brazilian documentary film directed by Lucy Walker will be shown at the museum on Sunday, March 6 at 1pm.

Filmed over nearly three years, this dramatic documentary follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. His collaboration with an eclectic band of catadores - or garbage pickers, leads him to recreate photographic images of them from the trash that surrounds them.

Waste Land premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It won over 50 other film awards, including the 2010 International Documentary Association's Best Documentary Award.

Albuquerque Museum is a division of the Cultural Services Department. Located at 19th and Mountain NW (in Historic Old Town); 505-243-7255 or call 311 locally. Visit our website at

V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016

Fairview Cemetery Exhibition Opening at Albuquerque Museum

The first rotating exhibition in the Community History Series at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW), opening March 26, features the historic Fairview Cemetery on Yale SE. Dating back to the late 1800s, Fairview is the resting place of many of Albuquerque's most prominent citizens during that and subsequent eras.

Coordinated by Albuquerque resident and Fairview Cemetery Historian Susan Schwartz, the exhibition will feature a large collection of photographs, artifacts, deeds, ledgers and lists of burials of groups like Buffalo soldiers, railroad employees, and many others. Excerpts from interviews with descendants of early residents will be included. It will be open through Sept. 11, 2016.

Groups or individuals in the Albuquerque community who wish to submit a community history or contemporary issues exhibit application may contact Curator of History Deb Slaney at the Museum, or visit

V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016
Higinio Gonzales
courtesy of Albuquerque Museum

19th Century Local Musician Honored

On Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1 pm, the Albuquerque Museum will offer a program exploring the musical talents of Higinio Gonzales. Cultural Anthropologist Dr. David García and Literary Folklorist Dr. Enrique Lamadrid will discuss the history of canción and corrido, popular musical genres in New Mexico in which Gonzales wrote and performed. Dr. Garcia will also perform songs composed by Gonzales.

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico, now on exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum.

General admission for N.M. residents is $2 for seniors, $3 for adults and $1 for children age 4-12. Admission for out-of-state adults is $4.

Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain NW
Sunday Feb. 7 1pm

V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
"Mama Lupe's Counseling Service” retablo by Charles Carrillo

Culture Shock

Patron saints and public service

Dance beneath the stars with some patron saints, scope an experimental comedic duo, and take Mom out for some Japanese Art Deco and big-band tunes.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014
Apollo and Diana Killing the Children of Niobe
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Images courtesy of American Federation of Arts

Arts Feature

It’s Not Exactly Beaux-Arts. Oh, Wait, It Is.

Hunky heroes and dramatic deities descend on Duke City

A torso-rippling exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum brings the superhuman drama.
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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

Reel World

Cinema oro

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema at South Broadway, Movies Under the Wings at the Nuclear Museum, and Christo is documented at the Albuquerque Musem.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Ethel Mertz was hawt.
Brooks Studio, PA1978.153

Arts Feature

Loving Vivian Vance

The highs and lows of an Albuquerque legend

Beautiful, talented and compassionate, the real Vivian Vance was more than an “I Love Lucy” sidekick. She didn’t always gel with her famous costars, and her personal life wasn’t always picture-perfect.
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V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013
“Karl” by Andrew Wyeth


Come Over, Karl: Andrew Wyeth’s painting to be housed at Albuquerque Museum

In our Instagram world, it is rare to come across a piece of art which clearly and deliberately took many painstaking hours to create, but Albuquerque is privileged to exhibit such a work for the next five years. Andrew Wyeth's “Karl,” an egg tempura painting lent by a private curator, is now on display at the Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW).

Wyeth is one of the most popular US painters of the last century, known for his dark, somber themes and intricately detailed work. “Karl,” the portrait of a German immigrant farmer, follows suit. The painting causes the audience's eyes to focus on every last color and wrinkle in this man's face, while necessarily noting the dramatic meat hooks on the ceiling. The piece moves audiences to an appreciation of its eeriness and depth.

The portrait is displayed between notable work “A Shower in a Dry Year,” by Peter Hurd, Wyeth's brother-in-law, and the work of Wyeth's sister, Henriette Wyeth. This classic representation of American art can be viewed at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History located on 19th Street and Mountain NW in Old Town.

V.22 No.20 | 5/16/2013
Erika Osborne’s “Looking for Moran,” 2012

Culture Shock

Old-timey livin’

This week is your chance to travel in time, see how dance can fuse with film and take in a thought-provoking art exhibit that explores man’s imprint on the natural world.
Reel World

Reel World

Proud PAPA

A group of students from Albuquerque’s Public Academy for Performing Arts just got back from Los Angeles where their short dance film “Re-Step” was screened at the 12th Annual Dance Camera West. All told, PAPA won awards in six categories at the April festival for both film and photography. So congratulations are in order all around. If you’re interested in checking out what PAPA has been doing, several works by advanced PAPA film students will be screened alongside professional filmmakers at the N4th theater’s Wild Dancing West celebration this Friday night.
V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012
Heidi Swedberg

Music to Your Ears

Saturday entertainment includes a sukey jump / ukulele workshop, and the final installment of Jazz & Blues Under the Stars.