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Schedule of events for Fall Symposium for 100th Anniversary of Gustave Baumann’s Arrival in New Mexico

April 30th, 2018

The New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art are announcing the schedule of events for this fall’s two day-symposium commemorating the 100th Anniversary of artist Gustave Baumann’s arrival in New Mexico. The event entitled, “A Gathering for Gus” will be held Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2018 at the two museums located just off the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Baumann came to New Mexico in May 1918, and in October of that year attended an exhibit of his work at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The museum’s curator at the time, Paul Walter, convinced Baumann to settle permanently in Santa Fe with the offer of studio space. Best known for his picturesque woodblock prints and fantastical marionettes, Baumann also worked in a variety of other media including drawings, painting, sculpture, and furniture design. The New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection of more than 1,700 works by Baumann is the largest holding of the artist’s work in any public collection and illustrates Baumann’s breadth of artistic interest. Additionally, the New Mexico History Museum and its Press at the Palace of the Governors focuses on the artist’s process with a re-creation of Baumann’s studio. Symposium speakers include keynote Nancy E. Green, Martin Krause, Gala Chamberlain, Maureen Russell, Christian Waguespack, and Thomas Leech, plus a film by John Eddy. 

Other events include:

  • New Mexico Museum of Art Tours with Christian Waguespack, Curator of 20th Century Art.

  • Viewing of samples of the Museum of Art collection with Michelle Gallagher Roberts on stage of St. Francis Auditorium

  • A visit to the Palace Press will include a printed keepsake and tour of the print shop with Thomas Leech Director, Palace Press.

  • A special tour of the Baumann House, limited to 50 registered attendees will be offered for an additional fee.

Registration opens May 1 at

Friday, September 28

8:30 – 9:00, check-in, History Museum lobby (NMHM Staff and/or Friends of History)

9:00 a.m. – 9:20, Directors’ Welcome (Andrew Wulf and Mary Kershaw)

9:20 – 9:30, Introductions and announcements - Tom Leech

9:30 – 10:15, Keynote Nancy Green (Gus Baumann career overview, and Jane Baumann)

10:30 - 11:15, Speaker Martin Krause (Baumann early days)

11:15 – 12:00, Speaker Gala Chamberlain (30 years on the Catalogue Raisonne)

12:00-1:30, Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:15, Speaker Christian Waguespack (Baumann Paintings)

2:15 – 3:00, Speaker Maureen Russell (Marionette construction and conservation)

3:15 – 4:00, Speaker Tom Leech (Tools and techniques)

4:00 - 4:15, Friday’s closing remarks and announcements

Evening reception – NMHM lobby – catered 5:30 – 7:00

Saturday, September 29

9:00 – 9:15, Morning welcome and announcements

9:15 – 10:00, Baumann House film – Mac Watson/John Eddy

10:00, Break-out groups, 30 mins each plus 30 mins of walking time to rotate between:

   o   History Library & Collections, Holiday cards & ephemera Jean Moss/Friends of History

   o   Palace Press with James Bourland and Tom Leech

   o   Art Museum Collection with Michelle Gallagher Roberts on stage of St. Francis

   o   Tour of Galleries at Museum of Art by Christian Waguespack

   o   Books and Archives at Art Museum by Rebecca Potance

   o   Oral History opportunities(?) with Meredith Davidson

12:00 - 1:30, lunch on your own

1:30 - 2:15, Closing remarks/Q & A on Stage of St. Francis Auditorium

2:30 – 3:30, Baumann House, Tour 1 (25 people) Elaine Bergman and Mac Watson

3:30 – 4:30, Baumann House, Tour 2 (25 people) Elaine Bergman and Mac Watson

About the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark: http://www.nmhistorymuseum.orgOpened in May 2009, as the state system’s newest museum, the New Mexico History Museum is attached to the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, a distinctive emblem of U.S. history and the original seat of New Mexico government. The History Museum serves as an anchor of the campus that includes Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, and Photo Archives. The Museum presents exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and reflect on the wide range of New Mexico historical experiences and serves as a history center for research, education and lifelong learning, delivering quality programs that encourage knowledge, understanding and appreciation of New Mexico’s diverse cultures. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe, NM 87501. (505) 476-5200. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April. Events, news releases and images about activities at the History Museum and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at




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