New Mexico Museum of Art
New Mexico Museum of Art as seen today
The St. Francis Auditorium
Francisco Rizi (1614-1685), The Dwarf Miguelito, ca. 1680-1683, drawing
Standing Woman Wearing a Mantilla (Maja), c 1827-8, posthumous pre1859 impression, Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), Etching and aquatint. Courtesy British Museum (loan to New Mexico Museum of Art)
Temple of St. Francis Art Gallery (Santa Fe sketches) circa 1917 Gustave Baumann, American, born Germany, 1881 - 1971 Charcoal and chalk on paper Gift of Jane Baumann, 1979
John Sloan, American, 1871 - 1951 Under the Old Portal, 1919 (reworked 1945) Old Portale, Santa Fe oil on canvas Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Julius Gans, 1946
Chimayo 1917 George W. Bellows American, 1882 - 1925 oil on canvas Gift of an anonymous donor, 1974
Untitled, not dated Victor Higgins oil on canvas Gift of the Joan Higgins Reed Estate, 1984
3 Eggs in Pink Dish circa 1928 Georgia O'Keeffe American, 1887 - 1986 oil on canvas Gift of the Georgia O'Keeffe Estate, 1987
1920s photo of the museum. P.O.G photo archives, NM History Mus.
Backstory and Context
The museum’s permanent collection includes over 20,000 works of art such as paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints and drawings. Notable artists in the collection include Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Georgia O'Keeffe, Fritz Scholder, T. C. Cannon, Bruce Nauman, Luis Jimenez, Maria Martinez, members of the Ashcan School, Los Cinco Pintores, Transcendental Painting Group, and the Taos Society of Artists.
The St. Francis Auditorium, located in the New Mexico Museum of Art, is the venue for various cultural and musical organizations, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 450. The auditorium displays several murals depicting St. Francis of Assisi which were originally designed by Donald Beauregard and completed by Carlos Vierra and Kenneth Chapman.
The museum library contains art books, periodicals, biographical files of artists represented in the permanent collection and catalogs of exhibitions since 1917.
Wilson, Chris (1997). The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition. University of New Mexico Press.
Jaques, Susan (2012). A Love for the Beautiful : Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press. pp. 186–187.
A Report on the Cultural and Arts Survey of New Mexico. New Mexico Arts Commission. 1966. p. 60.
Sheppard, Carl (1989). The Saint Francis Murals of Santa Fe : The Commission and the Artists. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Sunstone Press.
Fromme, Babette Brandt (1981). Curator's Choice : An Introduction to the Art Museums of the U.S. New York: Crown Publishers. p. 97.