Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony “O’Brien
This exhibition was organized by the New Mexico History Museum, Department of Cultural Affairs, State of New Mexico, Santa Fe.
Dress Code: Cultural Expression through Printed Cloth of East Africa
This exhibit explores the vibrant colors and intriguing phrases printed on over 50 kanga, women’s cloth garments from Kenya and Tanzania which express feelings that might otherwise be suppressed. Traditional snippets of wisdom in the form of proverbs are traditionally printed on kanga. Several of the kanga displayed in “Dress Code” exhibit, however, are brightly colorful garments imprinted with phrases that relate to jealous interactions between women, such as “A gossiper never gets a vacation”, “When you hate me, it only make my hatred grow”, and “A cigarette picked up from the street does not taste sweet” (a taunt directed at a female rival).
Permanent Exhibit: “Pottery from the Americas”
The NMSU Museum is home to a unique and comprehensive collection of both prehistoric and historical pottery. This collection includes almost 600 pottery vessels that reflect the vibrant artistry and beauty of Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics. There is also an extensive type collection of sherds from New Mexico and Chihuahua to be explored, as well as other educational materials.