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The Maxwell Museum will celebrate its 90th birthday in 2022. Here we feature some highlights from our history.

Image of an infant from the Uyeda family, early 20th c (Miruyama/Uyeda photo album)

Infant from the Uyeda family resting on a Navajo rug, Gallup, New Mexico, early 20th c (Miruyama/Uyeda photo album)

 

Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Exhibitions: Turning Leaves

Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. In recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this month we... read more

Huipil (MMA 2007.74.1)

Huipil, San Tomas Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Holzapfel Collection (MMA 2007.74.1)

 

Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Museum Exhibitions: Weavers of the Jade Needle

Posted on: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Here, we look back at some of them.

The 1976 Maxwell Museum exhibition Weavers... read more

Juan Quezada and the New Tradition

Detail, exhibition postcard from Juan Quezada and the New Tradition

Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Exhibitions: Juan Quezada and the New Tradition

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Here, we look back at some of them.

The 1979-80 traveling exhibition Juan... read more

The Maya Image in the Western World

The Maya Image in the Western World (detail of Tikalmural by Carlos Vierra, 1915)

Throwback Thursday. Maxwell Museum Exhibitions: The Maya Image in the Western World

Posted on: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:30am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Here, we look back at some of them.

The years 1986 and 1987 saw a trifecta of... read more

Ulu (MMA 69.81.9)

Ulu with forged iron blade and ivory handle, Alaska (MMA 69.71.9)

 

Throwback Thursday: Maxwell Exhibitions -- North by Southwest

Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:00am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Here, we look back at some of them.

Although the core of the Maxwell’s... read more

2021 Maxwell Women

Women of the Maxwell March 2021

Throwback Thursday: Women Who Shaped the Maxwell -- And Still Are!

Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:00am

This month we acknowledge Women’s History Month by celebrating some of the inspirational women who helped shape the Maxwell Museum.

Over the last month, we have acknowledged some of the many women who have shaped the nearly 90-year legacy... read more

Throwback Thursday: Women Who Shaped the Maxwell: Marian Rodee

Posted on: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 6:15am

This month we acknowledge Women’s History Month by celebrating some of the inspirational women who helped shape the Maxwell Museum.

Marian Rodee began her career at the Maxwell Museum in 1970 as the Museum’s Registrar. By 1977 she had... read more

Mary Lyn Salvador with Guna collaborators (names not recorded)

Mary Lyn Salvador with Guna collaborators (names not recorded) at the Maxwell Museum

Throwback Thursday: Women Who Shaped the Maxwell: Mari Lyn Salvador

Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00am

Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador (1943-2017) was curator of ethnology and chief curator in the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology from 1978 to 2005. During that time, she also held a tenured position in the Anthropology Department. A pioneering anthropologist... read more

At Chaco Canyon, 1941

at Chaco Canyon, 1941. Photo courtesy of Armand Winfield.

Throwback Thursday: Women Who Shaped the Maxwell: Florence Hawley Ellis

Posted on: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00am

This month we acknowledge Women’s History Month by celebrating some of the inspirational women who helped shape the Maxwell Museum.

Florence Hawley Ellis (1906-1991) never held a formal appointment in the UNM Museum of Anthropology (now... read more

Dorothy Maxwell, ca. 1971 (MMA Archives)

Dorothy Maxwell, ca. 1971 (detail, MMA Archives)

 

Throwback Thursday. Women Who Shaped the Maxwell: Dorothy Maxwell.

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 6:15am

This month we acknowledge Women’s History Month by celebrating some of the inspirational women who helped shape the Maxwell Museum.

Why is UNM's anthropology museum called the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology?  The answer: Dorothy Maxwell. 

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