The New Mexico Museum of Art is undergoing a $10 million campaign to transform the former Halpin State Archives building in the Santa Fe Railyard into Vladem Contemporary. Located at 404 Montezuma Street, about a half-mile from the museum’s first location on the Santa Fe Plaza, Vladem Contemporary will provide additional exhibition, collection and education spaces to inspire and educate twenty-first-century museum-goers in the art of New Mexico and the world.
The architectural team DNCA + StudioGP of Albuquerque, N.M., were selected to design the conversion of the former Halpin building into an annex of the museum focused on contemporary art. The building is set to open to visitors sometime in 2020.
The Museum of New Mexico Foundation – an independent, nonprofit organization that raises money for the state museum and historic site system – is conducting the Centennial Campaign to bring the new project to fruition. The name "Vladem Contemporary" is in honor of the generous $4 million gift from Robert and Ellen Vladem.