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Do you have a question for the Maxwell Museum staff?  Email your question to maxwell@unm.edu and then look here for the response!

Geometric Bowl by Judy Menefee

Geometric Bowl by Judy Menefee

Ask the Maxwell Friday: Maxwell Store Spotlight - Judy Menefee

Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2021 - 7:30am

Judy Menefee is a New Mexico artist who uses her talents to create ceramic pieces inspired by the iconic black-on-white artwork of the Mimbres people (AD 500-1200) of Southeast New Mexico. From Silver City, New Mexico, Judy Menefee grew up in the... read more

Black Marble Raven (Photo by Zong Moua)

Black Marble Raven (Photo by Zong Moua)

Ask the Maxwell Friday: The Ravens of Calvert Bowannie

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2021 - 8:00am

Mary W. asks – Who are some Native artists featured in your gift shop?

Zuni fetish carvings are among the most popular items in the Maxwell Museum Store. From bears, to lizards, to wolves, and more, we work to provide a diverse range of... read more

Figurine head, “Jacobobad”, Indus Valley Collection (MMA 98.74.7)

Figurine head, “Jacobobad”, Indus Valley Collection (MMA 98.74.7)

Ask the Maxwell Friday: What would people be surprised to know is in the Maxwell Museum?

Posted on: Friday, December 18, 2020 - 6:15am

Leslie asks: What materials do you have that people would be surprised to know are in the Maxwell Museum?

In its early decades, Maxwell Museum staff were eager to build collections to create a world-class Anthropology Museum. Frank Hibben... read more

Plastic objects from the Foster Ranch site

Ask the Maxwell: Does the Maxwell have objects from the Roswell Crash Site?

Posted on: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 6:45am

Abigail S. asks “Do you have any artifacts from the Roswell Crash site?”

Yes. And No. Or Maybe?  With approval from the Bureau of Land Management and funding from the SCI FI channel, in 2002 the Maxwell’s Office of Contract Archeology... read more

Diné artist Rapheal Begay at the opening of A Vernacular Response Photography of the Navajo Nation by Rapheal Begay

Diné artist Rapheal Begay at the opening of A Vernacular Response Photography of the Navajo Nation by Rapheal Begay

Ask the Maxwell Friday: How does the museum come up with ideas for temporary exhibitions?

Posted on: Friday, November 27, 2020 - 7:45am

Michelle H asks: How do you come up with new ideas or themes for temporary exhibits?

Like most things that happen in the complex environment of a museum, there is no one path for coming up with themes for temporary exhibitions. They may... read more