Pueblo Revival: a Style to Collect
This souvenir from United States depicts a fragment of the New Mexico Museum of Art. It shows its construction which is typical Pueblo Revival, a style unique to New Mexico. The Adobe walls and the wooden beams coming from the roof are emblematic of this style that started at Santa Fe campus of the University of New Mexico and soon expanded to influence architecture in this Southwestern state. In accordance with an architectural style that identifies not only the city but also the state, this museum openly adopted it when it was furnished with the funds that ensured an adequate building to house the collections that were being put together in a former location. We can say that the building itself is part of the museum collection.
The Museum in Details
The building was designed by Isaac Rapp, who blended the Pueblo style from the Native Americans and the colonial architecture of the Spanish missions. The museum soon attracted the interest of the local artists who were invited to exhibit. Also, artists from other states were invited as well and. as a consequence, a diverse art collection was assembled and exhibited. All this artwork which spans different influences from within and outside the state and the country, is part of the permanent collection of the museum today.
Quite interestingly, this museum is part of a complex of museums designed to give the traveler a rounded idea of the sophistication of the New Mexican culture and history. The curious visitor can stop by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art and the New Mexico History Museum. By all means, a visit to Santa Fe, won't be completed without a stop at the New Mexico Museum of Art and without this great travel souvenir.