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Sante Fe’s Museum of Spanish Colonial Art recently premiered its new fall exhibit, New Mexico Collects: Private Treasures, which will remain on display until Feb. 27, 2012.
The exhibit features historic pieces from Spanish colonies outside New Mexico, with one commissioned piece by a modern-day Spanish Market artist, Victor Goler. With the exception of the new piece, the entire exhibit comes from 10 private collections within New Mexico.
The largest piece in the exhibition is a colonial textile, most likely woven in one of the obrajes, or workshops, in the Cuzco or Lake Titicaca region of Alto Peru. The textile is woven from a mixture of llama, alpaca and sheep wool that was dyed with natural dyes including cochineal and indigo. The new piece is a bulto — a three-dimensional wooden sculpture displaying Christian iconography. Other works on display include ceramic vessels, ivories and more.
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is dedicated to art of the Hispanic Southwest and is run by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, a nonprofit organization. Day passes for New Mexico residents are $4 and $8 for visitors from other states. Children ages 16 and under receive free admission. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.