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“Icons and Symbols of the Borderland” at the Museum of Art

Icons and Symbols of the Borderland

Join us for a new exhibition at the Museum of Art, Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads, curated by Diana Molina and featuring more than 80 pieces of artwork by 29 regional artists.

Stylistically diverse and thematically varied, participating artists consider their complex cultural inheritance and reveal their points of view about the ever-shifting relationship between the United States and Mexico. Icons and Symbols of the Borderland is on view from Aug. 5, 2022 to Oct. 15, 2022.

Participating artists will lead a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 5.

Themes of the Environment, Sacred and Profane, the Frontier, and Foodways allow the artists to investigate the Mexican American, Anglo, and Indigenous experience and identity in the Borderlands. Broad in scope, the artists reference the region’s pre-Columbian past, its colonial influences, its Indigenous legacy, and contemporary geo-political tensions. Through their artwork, they present an enduring sense of struggle, sacrifice, and regeneration.

Several events are scheduled for this exhibit. The August 5 exhibit opening will have live music and participating artists available to discuss their artwork. Hands-on educational programs are scheduled for August 6 and October 15.

The August 6 program features mask making and will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Exhibit artists Davinia Miraval and Miguel Valenzuela will conduct the mask making program. The October 15 program features print making and will be 10 a.m. to noon. Exhibit artist Oscar Moya will conduct the print making program.

Icons and Symbols of the Borderland was curated by Diana Molina and features artwork by members of Juntos Art Association, based in El Paso, Texas.

The Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission fee. The museum is accessible through RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 1. For information, visit the Museums System website at https://www.las-cruces.org/Museums or call 575/541-2137.

 

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