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Temporary Exhibits

La Frontera y Nuevo México: The Border and New Mexico

End Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tohono O’odham Man in the Maze basket

Tohono O’odham Man in the Maze basket, ca. First half of the 20th century, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology  Collection

The cultural ramifications of national borders have become an increasingly important topic in anthropology, mirroring the global importance of the topic in general.  Because New Mexico is on the U.S.-Mexico border, the politics of that border are deeply important to the state and its people.  The recent presidential election also made the border and immigration controversial issues.

 In light of recent events and the long and complicated history of the U.S.-Mexican border, La Frontera examines border and immigration policies and realities from an anthropological perspective through the use of images of the border, objects – personal and political – related to the border, and personal reflections from people and organizations who are most directly impacted by the border and immigration policy.  We ask what the border means to different people, and what the border means to you.

La Frontera y Nuevo Mexico: The border and New Mexico is an anthropological investigation of the U.S. Mexican border in two parts, the first section currently on exhibition in the Maxwell is an introduction to the topic and the second section will be installed by January 31 in the Hibben Center, just south of the Maxwell. La Frontera is the latest in the Current Issues in Anthropology series of exhibitions. Presenting news media, historic documents, personal reflections and objects, the series presents thought provoking topics and requests feedback

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No Hate, No Fear: Responses to the Presidential Ban on Refugees and Immigrants

End Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

(detail) Woman's Oud, mid-20th century, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Collection

 

 

The title of this small but important exhibition is taken from a common refrain chanted at recent protests happening around the country: “No Hate, No Fear, immigrants (or “refugees”) are welcome here!”  The protests were a response to the executive ban of immigrants and refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The protests reflect both a long history of Americans resisting government decisions they find objectionable (starting with the Boston Tea Party of 1773), and the power of social media to unite groups with a common purpose.

In this exhibition, which features both musical instruments from the countries singled out in the original ban and coverage of the protests at airports against the ban, we encourage visitors to contemplate the implications of the ban, as it continues to be debated, litigated, and revised.

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Entering Standing Rock: the Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline

End Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Standing Rock poster, Defend the Sacred, by Jon Charley

Image (detail) Jon Charley "Defend the Sacred"

Native Americans have been resisting colonial and American government impositions since the arrival of colonists in the Americas during the 15th century. Opposition includes events as diverse as the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and the founding of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968.  The current protest at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline (NoDAPL) is utilizing new strategies, technologies, media, and allies.

The NoDAPL protest began in response to a proposal to build a 1,172 mile long pipeline crossing multiple states, communities, farms, fragile wildlife habitats, and tribal lands. The protest has involved members of more than 100 indigenous tribes as well as non-tribal citizens.

The exhibition features photographs, posters, film, music, news reporting and other works by artists, journalists and activists who have supported or participated and offers a glimpse into life at the  camp  and shows how artists and protestors use social media to spread the message of protest.

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Cross Currents: China Exports and the World Responds

End Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

Many things we use every day, from coffee mugs to iPhones, come from China.  The pattern began more than 2,000 years ago, when the Han dynasty promoted the "Silk Road" through central Asia, and the first porcelain objects arrived in Europe in 1338.  For almost two centures afterwards porcelain was a rarity, owned mostly by kings and high nobles.  Once Portuguese ships reached China in the early 1500s, it was suddenly possible to transport large quantities of Chinese ceramics directly to the West.  In the early 1700s the Chinese reorganized their porcelain production to cater to Western demand.  This exhibition highlights that history and its impact on cultural dynamics spanning hundreds of years and featuring dozens of ceramics from around the world in exploring this phenomenon.

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Earth, Fire and Life: Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics

End Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

Terra Cotta horse head

China’s historical role in the global ceramics market is so pervasive that in English, “china” is a synonym for porcelain and similar wares. We invite you to examine more than 100 pieces of “china” created and used as China took shape, and became the civilization we know today.  Supported by The Ortiz Center, New Mexico Humanities Council, Eason Eige, the Tang family, the Chan family and Mr. Ed Jeung.

 

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