Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano (2014)

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Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano (2014)

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Artist custom card table – 36 x 60 x 48 in. / 91.44 x 152.4 x 121.92 cm.
Collages on vellum, unique, (48) – Each: 10 x 8 x 1 in. / 25.4 x 20.32 x 2.54 cm.
Pre-War Mexico Map 1846 - approx. 44 x 64 in. / 111.7 x 162.5 cm.
Antique wooden clock– 25.63 x 15.37 x 4.5 in. / 65.1 x 39 cm.

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Components

Indian Prayer” sheet music – 13 x 20 in. (unfolded) / 33 x 50.8 cm
Two Soldiers (mug) – approx. 3 x 2.75 x 3.5 in. / 7.6 x 6.9 x 8.9 cm.
Woman in Carriage (mug) - approx. 3 x 2.75 x 3.5 in. / 7.6 x 6.9 x 8.9 cm.
Brass Oil Lamps (2) – 6 x 5 x 4 in. / 15.2 x 12.7 x 10.1 cm. each
Pewter Oil Lamp – 4.5 x 3 x 3 in. / 11.4 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm.
Pitcher – 5.5 x 5 x 4 in. / 13.9 x 12.7 x 10.1 cm.
Musket Flask – 8.75 x 3.75 x 1.5 in. / 22.2 x 9.5 x 3.8 cm.
Book, 3.8 cm. 8.75 x 3.75 x 1.5 in.x– 7 x 4.5 x 2 in. / 17.7 x 11.4 x 5 cm.
Black Address book, 1868 – 7 x 4.5 x 1 in. / 17.7 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm.
Book, Grimshaw.5 United States,868 – 7– 7 x 4.5 x 1.75 in. / 17.7 x 11.4 x 4.4 cm.
Book, 11.4 x 4.4 cm. – 7 x – 7.5 x 4.5 1.25 in. / 19 x 11.4 x 3.1 cm.
Book, . 4 x x 4.4 cm. – 7 with Mexico,1857 – 7.77 x 5 x 2 in. / 19.5 x 12.7 x 2 cm.
Mexican Revenue Documents (2) – 11.5 x 8 in. / 29.2 x 20.3 cm. each
Francis B, Bannans documents (3) – 7 x 3 in. / 17.7 x 7.6 cm. (folded); 7 x 7 in. / 17.7 x 17.7 cm. (unfolded)
Seated Liberty Dime – .7 in. / 1.7 cm. in diameter
Large Cornet Head Penny – 11 in. / 27.9 cm. in diameter
Medicine bottle – 5.5 x 2.75 x 1 in. / 13.9 x 6.9 x 2.5 cm.
Several student composition notebooks – various sizes
New York Weekly Tribune, June 10, 1848, framed – 19 x 23 x 1 . in. / 48.2 x 58.4 x 3.1 cm.
Northhampton Democratic, February 9, 1847, framed – 19 x 23 x 1 . in. / 48.2 x 58.4 x 3.1 cm.
Wooden Box – 3 x 14 x 5.5 in. / 7.6 x 35.5 x 13.9 cm.

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Notes

During 1915, folklorist Aurelio Macedonio Espinosa published the Romancero Nuevomejicano. The romance is a narrative folk ballad that “typically implies a personal or tender quality”. It is a musical form born in Spain in the fourteenth century, and outlined conflicts such as the tensions between moors and Christians, in conflict or in love. They used to refer to past or current events. 

Espinosa, who had heard from his grandfather about these songs, traveled throughout the whole region of Nuevo Mexico to record various versions of 10 songs in the old Spanish style of the “romance”. In his book, Espinosa adds, “ since the New-Mexican region has always been isolated, abandoned and forgotten since its first colonization in 1598, and since it was never in direct contact with the Mexican or Spanish culture, I believe that the romances that the inhabitants of New Mexico go back to a period before the 17th century- they are the Spanish romances of the 16th century. Romances would eventually be replaced by the corridor in the 19th century, but as Espinosa’s compilation shows, the original romances were still being remembered and sung by many New Mexicans at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Nuevo Romancero took the title of Espinosa’s seminal book to do a similar compilation of stories that deals with the New Mexican past- in particular with what is known as the “Mexican Period” of New Mexico, which comprises the time from the Mexican independence (1821) to the battle of Santa Fe where New Mexico fell under American control (1846). This project included digging a variety of little-known stories about New Mexico as well as the reallife characters that played an important role in its history. These included the last Mexican governor of New Mexico, Manuel Armijo (1793- 1853) who surrendered to the United States during the USMexico war without a fight, and Gertrudis Barceló, also known as Doña Tules (circa 1800- 1852), a saloon owner and master gambler who played a key role as power broker and businesswoman in Santa Fe during her time.

 

Exhibited

Strange Oasis, Kent Fine Art, New York, 2015

Unsettled Landscape, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2014

 

Literature

Chan, Dawn. Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2014, The New York Times Style Magazine, July 18, 2014.

DeWalt, Rob. Rob. 14., Sant New Mexico Magazine, Artscapes, July 2014.

Droitcour, Brian. “Exhibitions, The Look Out: Pablo Helguera,”  Art in America, 6 March 2015

Ferguson, Bruce W., The Look Out: Pablo Helguera, 2014

Blouin Artinfo, July 14, 2014.

Hirsh, Jennie., The Look Out: Pablo Helgeura, 2014, Art in America: Previews. June 13, 2014.

Irwin, Matthew, Iris McLister, Art Ltd. Magazine. July 2014.

Landi, Ann. Biennial. ARTnews. July 2014. 

Landi, Ann. Messages are Seldom Heavy-Handed. Wall Street Journal, September 2014.

Schwendener, Martha. “Pablo Helguera: ‘Strange Oasis,’”  New York Times, Art in Review, 5 March 2015 (online), 6 March 2015 (in print): Page C25.

Weideman, Paul. , Paul. (in pri— Pablo Helguera: New Mexico memory lanes.” Santa Fe New Mexican, July 18, 2014.