De La Tierra. A painting of a spanish conquistador riding a horse in the wilderness.

Upcoming Exhibition

De La Tierra

De la Tierra: Reflections of Place in the Upper Río Grande showcases multiple generations of Hispano families and communities who played a role in shaping the region’s cultural identity. They forged deep connections with the lands and waters of the Upper Río Grande and its tributaries by introducing animals, goods, and customs creating a unique cultural blend that is still seen in the vibrant energy and rich history of this dynamic landscape and its communities that call it home.

De la Tierra: Reflections of Place in the Upper Río Grande illustrates the rich history and culture of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico through art, music, dance, and historical objects that have defined a community across generations. Home to the Ute, Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Diné, and Puebloan peoples, this region is a site of diverse and often contentious cultural exchanges since the late 16th century. These exchanges – involving Spanish-speaking settlers, other European immigrants, and Native Americans – have resulted in a rich tapestry of customs and traditions that continue to shape the area's identity.


"Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado constituted the northernmost frontier of the Spanish Empire and later Mexico...Isolated from the rest of New Spain, the people living in this region formed a compact group. The blending of cultures — Spanish and Native American — resulted in a unique Hispano identity that many artists continue to reference in their work."

Lucha Martínez de Luna, Associate Curator of Hispano, Chicano, Latino History and Culture