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It's A Mod, Mod World!

  • Palette Contemporary Art and Craft 7400 Montgomery Boulevard Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87110 United States (map)
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 Palette will display Mid-Century Radios, Clocks, Watches, Paintings, and Prints barely in time for Father's Day!

Our watches keep accurate time, when wound.  Clocks tick off minutes, whether they’re powered by a winding key, electrical cord, or battery.  Radios bring-in melodious AM, sometimes FM too so that you can listen to ballgames, “oldies” rock ‘n’ roll, talk shows, religious programming and “Mariachi Spectaculars.”  We’ll display all three item types.  These vintage marvels all function!

Our mechanical radio restorer and our Opening Reception's special guest speaker is Richard Majestic of Las Cruces, NM.


Richard will give a talk at 1:45 for the Opening Reception.  Amazingly enough, he actually worked as the spontaneous  Sound Engineer on The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s classic jazz classic album from 1959, “Time Out” at Dave’s house in Westchester, NY.  A recent high school graduate at the time, Richard specifically recorded, the quartet’s enduring selection, “Blue Rondo a la Turk” that appears on this album.  All remaining album selections were recorded at the Columbia Recording Studio in NYC.  He’ll discuss this experience and answer questions that you may have about this eternally top-selling record.  However, this is only part of our fun.  Richard will also bring 1950s-era “Hi-Fi” components and play Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out” record so that you can be hear it just as it sounded, circa 1959!

Yesteryear’s brand names are represented in our collection.  To name a few among our radios: Coronet, Grundig, Majestic, Philips, Sparton, and Zenith.  Featured watches include: Bulova, Doxa, Elgin, the Hamilton “Electrics,” Jules Jurgensen, and Wittnauer.  Clock manufacturers include: Benzing, Junghans, Lawson and Pennwood Spin Clocks, Spencer Woodburns and Cristian Dragomirescu Tube Clocks and Weather Stations, and Zentra.


We have taken some design liberties with three of our radios. Two Spartons and one Majestic needed new cases as we, initially, acquired only their radio chassis.  One Sparton now has a sparkling chrome-plated chassis and a translucent blue glass case, which reminds one of a swimming pool.  Our second new Sparton case was made from Olive wood which complements its dial and has a slight barrel shape to it.  Lastly, our Majestic metal-cased radio has a “Fiddler-on-the-Roof” theme, for it demonstrates, “Sunrise, Sunset” in true albuquerque style.


The “Hamilton Electric Watches” were the first watches developed in the late 1950s which featured battery power.  This power source has evolved into, what today is known as, quartz watches.  Back in the late 1950s, these “Electric” models were considered to be quite exotic.  To further set them apart from traditional, mechanical wristwatches, Hamilton employed a number of watch designers whose purpose was to further embolden these watches with futuristic, asymmetrical case designs.  These watches, as exemplified by the Hamilton Pacer, truly looked “Far-Out” and remain immensely popular and collectible to this very day!

Please join us Saturday, June 16 as we celebrate our collection of "Mod, Mod World” mid-century watches, clocks, radios, paintings, and prints.  As well, you just can’t miss this opportunity to go back in the “Time Machine” and hear both Richard’s story of being “The Accidental Recording Engineer” and his playing of Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out,” 1959 style.  See you then!

Earlier Event: May 19
A Moment In Time
Later Event: July 28
Nixie Tube All Stars