Perhaps nowhere else does art and architecture capture the vernacular and cultural landscape as perfectly as in New Mexico; a place where modernism and primitivism comfortably coexist.
The last two decades of the 1800s saw a migration of artists to New Mexico, and the settling of art colonies in Taos and Santa Fe that spawned an art and architectural movement that continues to play dominantly in the antiques and collectibles marketplace.
Although most of the antique shows in New Mexico take place in August, there is much to do and places to indulge your love of antiques all year long.
ARTS & CRAFTS HISTORIC HOMES
Los Gallos, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Taos, New Mexico
Rich in history, authentic in architecture, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, designed and built by Mabel Dodge Luhan and her husband, Antonio (Tony) Luhan, a Pueblo Indian, in 1918, has been a center of Taos arts and education for nearly 100 years.
Mabel Dodge Luhan was a wealthy heiress from Buffalo, New York who had run a prominent art salon in Florence, Italy, and Manhattan, New York before settling in Taos in 1917. Her home, Los Gallos, became a sanctuary and meeting place for many of America’s most celebrated artists and writers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, John Collier, Carl Jung, and Martha Graham, among others.
Today, The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is an historic inn and conference center which offers retreat-style meetings and artistic, literary, and personal growth workshops.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Elizabeth and Martha Root White, daughters of New York writer and financier Horace White, were born into an East Coast world of wealth and privilege. The sisters chose to settle in the small town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and retained William Penhallow Henderson, instrumental in creating the Santa Fe style, to design their home, El Delirio (“The Madness”), in the 1920s. An eclectic combination of Moorish, Mexican, and Pueblo design, El Delirio soon became a gathering place for artists, writers, and intellectuals. The White sisters are said to have thrown some stunning parties in the 20s and 30s; their home the setting for lavish dinners, concerts, poetry readings, pool parties, plays, and masquerade balls. Today, it is the home of the School of American Research and the SAR (School for Advanced Research) Press.
The sisters were patrons and promoters of Native American Art and they opened the first Native American art gallery in New York City. Elizabeth was a founding member of the Indian Arts Fund in 1925, an organization which focused on buying up Indian pottery and other handcrafts to preserve these artifacts for future generations. She also served on the SAR managing board for 25 years.
FEATURED SHOP AROUND TOWN
Sherwoods Spirit of America
505-988-1776 – www.sherwoodsspirit.com – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
128 West Palace Avenue. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe’s premier gallery specializing in Native American artifacts and historic Americana. Offering the finest examples available from every corner of America ñ from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands and Great Basin to the Great Plains. Open Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm.
The Great Southwestern Antique Show
August 6-7, 2016
505-255-4054 – www.gswevents.com
Expo New Mexico State Fair Grounds, 300 San Pedro NE. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Seventeen years of providing quality art & antiques from around the world and charitable funding to local non-profits. Shop & visit with over 200 quality antique dealers from across the U.S. Learn about the art of collecting and investing in Fine Art & Antiques, Ethnographic Tribal and Native American Art, Historic Photos, Rare Books, Jewelry & more.
Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
August 12-15, 2016
505-992-8929 – www.whitehawkshows.com
Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Corner of Grant & Marcy. Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Whitehawk Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 37 years. The show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else.
The Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe
August 17-19, 11am-5pm
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Native American Art Show showcasing 40-top national dealers in historic American Indian art. The Antique American Indian Art Show is one of the only vetted art fairs dedicated to the arts and culture of the Native American peoples. Featured objects include: basketry, jewelry, textiles, kachina dolls, Sculptures, and more.
Objects of Art Santa Fe 2016
505-660-4701 – www.objectsofartsantafe.com
555 Camino de la Familia. El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A show for those who are interested in the artistic quality & craftsmanship, Objects of Art Santa Fe showcases paintings, historic & modern fine art from Taos school to leading contemporary artists, sculpture, textiles, furniture, jewelry, books, clothing, tribal American Indian, African, Asian and folk art. More than 70 exceptional dealers from the United States & Africa presenting thousands of one-of-a-kind items.
The Ruidoso Antique Show
Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso, New Mexico. 111 Sierra Blanca Drive
At the Ruidoso Antique Show you’ll find some of the best choice Antiques, Collectibles & Decorative Arts selected and presented by many outstanding Antique Dealers from all over the United States. Everything from Tin to Tiffany and all in between will be available at this show.
Albuquerque Antique Mile
The Antique Mile is a group of Albuquerque Antique Stores located on North 4th (Fourth) Street in Albuquerque’s quaint village of Los Ranchos. All of these Albuquerque Antique Dealers specialize in different antiques, eras, collections & products. The Antique Mile is a popular tourist attraction with some of the best antique stores in close proximity to Taos & Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe
Nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Canyon Road is a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe. Stroll this picturesque trail to experience fine art, great shopping, and exquisite dining any day of the week.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
505-946-1000 – www.okeeffemuseum.org
217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of the namesake artist. A visit to the O’Keeffe Museum offers insight not only into the artist’s paintings, but also her creative process and the light and landscape that inspired her. In addition to the main Museum campus in Santa Fe, the O’Keeffe Museum maintains O’Keeffe’s two homes and studios in northern New Mexico, a research center and library, and a variety of collections relating to O’Keeffe and ‚modern art. The Museum’s collections of over 3,000 works comprises 140 O’Keeffe oil paintings, nearly 700 drawings, and hundreds of additional works dating from 1901 to 1984, the year failing eyesight forced O’Keeffe into retirement.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 – 5
107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe
The New Mexico Museum of Art collects and presents modern and contemporary art from New Mexico and the Southwest.
Museum Hill in Santa Fe
Museum Hill in Santa Fe offers a central destination for exploring some of the city’s finest museums and some of the world’s greatest collections of Native American art and artifacts. The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art are the major institutions located on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill.
Millicent Rogers Museum
1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos
To visit the Millicent Rogers Museum is to see 2000 years of Southwestern history! Housed in a historic Southwestern hacienda, the museum showcases a premier collection of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo arts from the southwest, including more than 1000 pieces of pottery from the prehistoric to the present and representing every major pottery-making center in the region.