By Simone Groene-Nieto, Communications Manager, Museo de las Americas
Last week, Museo de las Americas hosted a socially distant Opening Reception for their latest exhibition, La Misión: Made of Earth and Spirit.
This exhibit features roughly twenty unique pieces of art that date from the 17th Century to the present. La Misión explores the narrative of the peoples living in the Rio Grande River Valley during the time that Spanish Missions were established in the region.
Featuring artwork from Museo’s private collection, the exhibit examines the visual language unique to the colonial artwork of New Mexico. The gallery has been made reminiscent of a mission church interior, to provide an appropriate space and context for the many Santos, retablos and other artworks in the exhibit.
Attendees were treated to opening remarks by Museo’s Executive Director Claudia Moran as well as the Curator of Collections, Laura Beacom. “Museo’s private collections are a treasure meant for the entire community to enjoy. We cherish each piece in this exhibit, not just as a beautiful object, but also as a piece of our culture and history. Donors to our private collection bring value to our community for generations to come and uphold pride in our cultural heritage” said Moran.
Thanks to a generous gift by The Tragen Family Trust, this exhibition is permanently installed in Museo’s Tragen Folk Art Gallery. Past visitors may remember the room called La Cocina (The Kitchen), on display for many years. La Cocina has been transformed into La Mision. The intimate gallery, lovingly curated, imparts a sense of timelessness, as if you really were in a mission-style church in the Rio Grande Valley. Visitors appreciated being transported to another time and space.
Also on exhibit at Museo de las Americas in the main gallery is Rhythm & Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas. This exhibit, in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum, is a stunning collection of over eighty ancient american musical instruments and other objects related to the role of music in ancient civilizations. These two exhibits combine to make a masked trip to Museo de las Americas a real treat!
Please visit Museo.org or call 303.571.4401 to purchase a timed ticket, ensuring a safe socially distant visit for you and other guests.
Tuesday – Friday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Saturday: 12PM – 5PM
Sunday – Monday: Closed
FREE – Children 12 years of age and under
FREE – Members