DECEMBER 2017 • 9
FOR LOVE OF THE DANCE
Silver City Museum celebrates ‘From Spain to New Mexico’
he Silver City Museum is excited to announce that in mid-January the museum will host the exhibit “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico.” The traveling exhibit will open in January and be on display through May 2018. Known as a folkloric art form that began among the Gypsy people of southern Spain, this exhibit traces flamenco to its arrival in the United States and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. Silver City now has the opportunity to explore flamenco’s unique and elegant style. By tracing flamenco’s journey from 15th and 16th century Spain to 20th century Europe’s most-cultured cities, this exhibition includes costumes (both historic and contemporary), musical instruments, costume and set-design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters and more. The objects that will be on display also trace flamenco’s transition to recording studios and the silver screen, which allowed the art to gain a massive popular audience. Handed down from generation to generation, between family and community members living at society’s edges, flamenco incorporates historic dance and music traditions from Roman times to the Arabic period. Fla-
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Roberto Quijandría dressing Dorado de Domeq in the traditional horse gear for carriage. Horse gear by Vicente Rodríguez Robles, Sevilla, Spain, 2013. Shot on location at Estancia Alegre, Alcalde, New Mexico, Nov. 19, 2014. (Photo by Blair Clark)
menco expresses a way of life shaped by a multitude of cultural and regional influences such as the Gitanos (Romany people) of Spain and Andalusian regional customs. This exhibition also examines Spain’s ferias and fiestas, their introduction to the southwestern United States, and the individuals who contributed to making flamenco a popular art form in this country. As the exhibition title suggests, flamenco’s integration into New Mexico’s culture is also examined. This exhibition is the first to show the history and development of flamenco and its treasured role within the cultural en-
vironment of New Mexico. The exhibition is accompanied by the book, “The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico,” by Nicolasa Chávez, which will be available in the Silver City Museum Society Store during the exhibition. This exhibit was organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and is touring through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions. For the most up-to-date information on the exhibit, the reception, and hands-on activities relating to the event, visit www.silvercitymuseum.org or call 575-5385921.
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