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Revolving Exhibits

Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico
Exhibit runs January 13 through May 28, 2018
silver city museum, silver city nm
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 . . . ]

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.