MOIFA | July 2023

Image: Yokai Train, Image courtesy of Sky Railway

Programs in Partnership with the International Folk Art Market

IFAM and MOIFA, in partnership with Sky Railway, are hosting The Japanese Yōkai Train at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 7 with Junya Kono of Hyakuyobako Yōkai in Kyoto. MOIFA’s exhibition, Yōkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan is open through September 4, 2023. Kono will also participate in MOIFA’s Arts Alive and help design and lead a spooky yōkai ghost parade as part of a family Saturday program on July 12 at 1 pm.

MOIFA’s stellar educational team is leading Fanfare, a free, interactive Japanese uchiwa fan-making workshop for kids at 2 pm on Sunday, July 9, as part of IFAM’s Market lecture series taking place at SITE Santa Fe.

MOIFA and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden are co-producing Japanese Craft in Light and Sound, an illuminated installation and musical event on July 9 in conjunction with IFAM 2023 participant Hiyoshiya from Kyoto. Event is currently sold out.






Image: Lehua from IFAM website.

The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) nominated Native Hawaiian kapa artist, Lehuauakea, as part of their U.S.-born Artist Program to participate in the 2023 International Folk Art Market (IFAM) from July 6 - 9 at the Santa Fe Railyard Park. Read more about them here.

The Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) will present a lecture and slide show with Lehuauakea at MOIFA’s Vernick Auditorium on Tuesday, July 11 from 3 to 5 pm. They will be discussing the history and significance of Native Hawaiian bark cloth (kapa), their practice as a contemporary kapa maker, and the concepts they address as an Indigenous mixed-media artist and cultural practitioner. A reception will follow. This event is for FOFA members only and registration is free. For more information, click here. If you are not a FOFA member and would like to become one, please call Laura Sullivan at 505.216.0829 to join.

Image: Display case at MOIFA of Balzer Purchase Prize from IFAM 2022

Each year, due to the generosity of Jo Ann and Bob Balzer, MOIFA is able to acquire new work from artists participating in IFAM for their permanent collection. Last year’s purchases are now on display in the Museum’s lobby.

Image: Indian Puppets from "Multiple Visions: A Common Bond" in the Girard Wing

Virtual Tour: "FAB FAVES" Celebrate 40 Years of Multiple Visions at MOIFA
On July 6 from 11 am to 12 pm, you take can an online look at the 40th Anniversary of Multiple Visions: A Common Bond at the Museum. Dive deep into folk art at MOIFA with the 40th Fab Favs tour presented over zoom with fabulous docents as your guides. It will be an engaging and intriguing peek into the world of Alexander Girard’s Multiple Visions for everyone; and all free. You can register here.

Alebrijes on Milner Plaza and Programs Related to La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste
Seven large-scale sculptures of fantastical, imaginary creatures, called alebrijes, are now installed on Milner Plaza through early October. These colorful works are on loan from the Mexican Cultural Center Du Page from their exhibition, Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World. Come enjoy these colorful outdoor sculptures! Visitors to Museum Hill are in for a real treat this summer.

On August 6 at 2 pm, Marta Turok, cultural advisor to the exhibition and curator at the Franz Meyer Museum in Mexico, will present a talk on cartonería and the evolution of alebrijes with artist Leo Linares, whose work is featured in the exhibition and who is from one of the most respected cartonería families in Mexico. Mr. Linares will also provide an artist demonstration on an alebrije piece he is developing to become part of the exhibition.

Upcoming Programs Related to Ghhúunayúkata / To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka
Look for the King Island Dance Group coming to the Santa Fe Indian Market on Saturday, August 19 at the Santa Fe Plaza. This program is generously underwritten by Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg, with additional support from Beverly and Michael Morris and other donors.

To support MOIFA’s Exhibition Development Fund and/or Education Fund please contact Laura Sullivan at, or by phone at 505.216.0829.