A Gathering for Gus

2-Day Symposium Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Artist Gustave Baumann’s arrival in New Mexico

September 28, 2018 09:00 am
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September 29, 2018 06:00 pm
New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art

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 and 29, 2018 at the two Santa Fe museums located across the street from each other.

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, and holds many domestic artifacts of the Baumann family.

Gustave Baumann arrived in New Mexico in May 1918 and attended an exhibit of his work at the New Mexico Museum of Art in October of that year.  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 September event honoring Baumann will include tours of the New Mexico Museum of Art, with a specific focus on the Baumann pieces on display, and visits to the museum’s collection storage to see other examples of Baumann’s work in the museum’s permanent collection. The New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace Press will also host tours. Offsite tours are also being planned.

The ‘A Gathering for Gus’ Symposium speakers include Keynote Nancy Green, Martin Krause, Gala Chamberlain, Antoinette Dwan, Maureen Russell, Christian Waguespack, and Thomas Leech. Attendance at the symposium will be by advance registration.

Other events will include:

  • New Mexico Museum of Art tours with Christian Waguespack, Curator of 20th Century Art.
  • Visit collections storage at the New Mexico Museum of Art with Michelle Roberts Head of Registration & Collections, New Mexico Museum of Art.
  • A visit to the Palace Press will include a printed keepsake and tour of the print shop with Thomas Leech Director, Palace Press.

Symposium tickets may be purchased here
House tour tickets may be purchased here and use promo code GUSNJANE

For more information, contact Tom Leech at 505.476.5096, thomas.leech@state.nm.us


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)
  • 3:00 – 3:45, Speaker Tom Leech (Tools and techniques)
  • 3:45 - 4:00, Friday’s closing remarks and announcements
  • 5:30 – 7:00, Evening reception – NMHM lobby – catered

 Saturday, September 29 

  • 9:00 – 9:15, Morning welcome and announcements
  • 9:15 – 10:00, Baumann House video – Mac Watson/John Eddy
  • 10:00, Break-out groups, 30 mins each plus 30 mins of walking time to rotate between:
  • History Library & Collections, Holiday cards and ephemera Jean Moss/Friends of History
  • Palace Press with James Bourland and Tom Leech
  • Art Museum Collection with Michelle Gallagher Roberts on stage of St. Francis
  • Tour of Galleries at Museum of Art by Christian Waguespack
  • Books and Archives at Art Museum by Rebecca Potance
  • Oral History 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