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The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Museum Resources Division Present Look Behind the Curtain with its Backstage Exhibition Tours

February 23rd, 2018

Backstage Exhibition Tours will take visitors into the workshops and restricted areas of the state museum system in Santa Fe to get a first-hand look at the exhibit development process for Beadwork Adorns the World. This exhibition is currently in development by Museum Resources staff in collaboration with the Museum of International Folk Art. This series of four tours begins on March 26, 2018, and continues weekly through April 16, 2018. Each tour covers a distinct development phase: exhibition design, conservation, fabrication/mountmaking, and installation. 

“For the first time, we are inviting the public to come in and see how our museum exhibitions come to life,” said David Rohr, director of Museum Resources. “Because our state Museums are admired across the country and beyond, sharing our work with the public is something the staff is really excited to do,” he said.

Spring 2018 Tour Schedule is as follows:

March 26, 10 am: Design Tour
Location: Udall Center, 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM
Learn about the exhibition design process and see a virtual model of the upcoming exhibition.

April 2, 10 am: Conservation Tour
Location: Conservation Lab at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe.
Learn how rare objects in museum collections are restored and preserved. 

April 9, 10 am: Fabrication and Mountmaking Tour
Location: Exhibits Central Building, 120 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM
Learn how objects are prepared for presentation and exhibition displays are constructed in the museum workshops.

April 16, 10 am: Installation Tour
Location:  Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM
See the actual installation process of Beadwork Adorns the World.

Pricing for each tour is $25 or $85 for all four. Spaces are limited, so call to purchase your tickets before March 22. Proceeds will support professional development for Museum Resources staff. Call for registration and info at (505) 476-1125 or

Images from top: Conservator Sophie Hunter repairs bead work on a ceremonial mask for Beadwork; preparator Paul Singdahlsen installs beaded moccasins in Stepping Out.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Villela

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services, including Museum Resources Division. Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country. New Mexico’s historic sites and state-run museums are located across the state and include: New Mexico Historic Sites, Statewide; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque.


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Graphics Install for the Stepping Out Exhibition

Graphics Install for the Stepping Out Exhibition

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