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Reaching out: Museum of International Folk Art opens up to the world

Ema depicting characters from the manga series “GeGeGe no Kitaro,” from the exhibition “Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan.” (Courtesy of Museum of International Folk Art)

Museums are chock-full of stories.

At the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, these are stories from around the world.

And many of these stories are available online.

As the stay-at-home order from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham continues through May 15, there are plenty of options to view the worldly art via the museum’s website at

The museum staff has been diligently working to put up current exhibitions, as well as unlocking exhibits from the past.

Khristaan Villela, executive director, welcomes the opportunity for online content.

He says putting some of the exhibitions online opens the museum up to the world.

During these distance learning times, MOIFA is also doing community outreach by making art kits available to children in and around Santa Fe.

“It’s important to keep education at the forefront,” he says.

To read more on what MOIFA is offering, see Page 8.

Streaming continues to be popular for many households around the state.

Inside this week’s issue, there are reviews of Chris Hemsworth’s latest film, “Extraction,” which is streaming on Netflix.

On Apple TV Plus, “Beastie Boys Story” is streaming. Those reviews can be found on Pages 4 and 6, respectively.

I got a chance to catch up with Bria Henderson, who can be seen in the Hulu series “Mrs. America.”

Henderson is fairly new to the film industry, yet managed to snag a role in this star-studded miniseries. See the story on Page 3.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs recently launched its virtual concert series, “Our Fair New Mexico.” This week’s concert will be performed by Marlon Magdalena. To read more about Magdalena, see Page 15.

Another week has come to a close, and many thank-you’s go out to the readers for reading Venue and the Albuquerque Journal for the latest news.

Adrian Gomez
Venue editor

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