May30Exhibit: E Boyd, Collecting New Mexico @ Museum of Spanish Colonial ArtThursday: May 30 – Jan 1 (all day)
Elizabeth Boyd White (1903 – 1974), known as “E Boyd,” was hired by the Museum of New Mexico in 1951 as the first curator of its newly established Department of Spanish Colonial Art. In 1952, Boyd revitalized the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. The objects in this room were collected by Boyd during her twenty-two years as curator of the Society.
Her impressive 1200 piece collection was the root of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Her zest for life was matched by her thorough defining work in not only documenting and collecting, but analyzing the works of rural Spanish Colonial New Mexico.
Jun21Exhibit: Window On Lima: Beltrán-Kropp Collection through 2014 @ Museum of Spanish Colonial ArtFriday: Jun 21 – May 27 (all day)
Window on Lima:
the Beltrán-Kropp Collection from Peru
Exhibit Opening June 21, 2013 – May 27, 2014The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Announces
The Beltrán-Kropp Art Collection from Peru
June 22, 2013- May 27, 2014
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society announces the largest permanent gift of Peruvian art in its 88-year history. An exhibition of the gift items will open to the public June 22, 2013. The exhibition will include a permanent gift of 40 objects from Peru, as well as a number of objects from other countries collected by Pedro Gerardo Beltrán Espantoso, Peru’s Ambassador to the United States (1944-45) and Prime Minister of Peru (1959-1961), and his wife, Miriam Kropp Beltrán.
The donated art includes such important pieces as a rare reverse-painted glass frame from Cajamarca, Peru, an exquisite silver panel of Abraham, Isaac & Angel, and a table with marquetry of incised ivory & tortoise shell. Among the other items donated to the Society include the entire set of Beltrán custom-made and engraved cobalt blue and gold dinner service for 46 people.
“These pieces have never before been seen by the general public,” said Donna Pedace, Director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. “We look forward to sharing these wonderful additions to the colonial art collection owned by the Society. The exhibition will allow us to serve our 87-year old mission to preserve, promote and educate the public about the art of the Spanish Colonies, and also to highlight the extraordinary lives of Pedro and Miriam Beltrán.”
Pedro Beltrán was a descendent of a Spanish conquistador and a member of the Peruvian aristocracy. Educated at the London School of Economics (1918), Beltrán returned to Peru and was involved in business and politics before becoming the owner and publisher of the once-prominent newspaper, La Prensa (1934-1974).
Beltrán was the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of Peru from 1959-1961. He received honorary degrees from Yale, Harvard, and the University of California, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia. He was also awarded the Maria Moors Cabot prize from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. The Inter-American Press Society honored him as “Hero of Freedom of the Press” for his opposition to the Odria dictatorship in the 1950s.
The Beltráns moved from Peru in 1974 and relocated to Miriam’s family home on Russian Hill in San Francisco. They continued to travel the world and spent considerable time in Europe until Pedro’s death in 1979.
“This will help highlight the unique attributes and qualities of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial art in the context of our role in the Spanish Colonial Empire, worldwide,” said John Schaefer, owner of Peyton Wright Gallery, one of the country’s largest dealers in Spanish Colonial Art. “Spanish Colonial art is the last great unexplored, undeveloped frontier in art in the world.”
Oct23Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Sisterhood of Saints / Una Hermandad de Santas
This exhibit features the work of 28 Spanish Market artists drawn from the museum’s collections. Twenty-one different Santas and images of the Virgin Mary are represented, ranging from very traditional and familiar images such as Santa Bárbara, Santa Gertrudis, and Our Lady of the Rosary, to more contemporary renditions and recently canonized saints such as Santa Kateri Tekakwitha and Santa Zita. This sisterhood of Saints brings out some of the most striking and beautifully executed pieces in our collections and highlights the work of a number of painters and carvers in the Spanish Market.
Oct23Exhibit: Doña Sebastiana: The Transformation of a Death Figure @ Museum of Spanish Colonial ArtWednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Doña Sebastiana: The Transformation of a Death Figure
Through May 27, 2014
Doña Sebastiana, New Mexico’s traditional death figure, has gone through many transformations over the years. In this exhibit we explore her historic use and significance as well as more contemporary interpretations of this foreboding figure.