The Paseo Project hosts its first artist-in-residence, Laurelin Kruse, founder of the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, also called MMoAA. Throughout the month of April, Kruse has taken the Mobile Museum to 16 stops around Taos County, engaging the community through stories and oral histories embedded in everyday objects.
This is the final week to see this unique traveling exhibit.
While parked in front of UNM-Taos' Klauer Campus Friday (April 27), the museum's shelves displayed a plastic toy squirt gun, a screw meant to hold a person's spine in place, calabasita seeds and a marriage equality sticker from a local pride celebration several years ago. But the mundane objects - or, as the museum name suggests, artifacts - tell stories of importance that can get lost in the daily shuffle.
After college, Kruse, who hails from Alamosa, Colorado, "fell into working with rare books and archives," making her consider how the institution of a museum "changes the meaning of something," Kruse told The Taos News.
Kruse bought a 1968 Cardinal travel trailer in 2014 to create the museum. Where ever she sets up shop for the day, from New York City to Peñasco, people bring objects and stories to share. A stop in Questa turned up a metal bowl once owned by a curandera to feed the neighborhood cats. One Taoseño donated a piece of gutter pipe.
For each object, Kruse takes down the story and makes a proper museum-quality note, putting the story in perspective.
The community is invited to see MMoAA's traveling collection and add an object and its story. Learn more about MMoAA at theMMOAA.org.
The schedule in Taos is:
Saturday (April 28) - Enos Garcia Elementary Gymnasium - Invent Event
Sunday (April 29) noon-3 p.m. - Harwood Museum of Art, Closing Day with Artist Talk at 3 p.m.