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Posted on: May 24, 2023

"Origami in the Garden" at the Museum of Art

Metal sculpture of squirrel and a nut

Join us for a unique exhibition at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, “ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN: Transforming Paper to Sculpture.
The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., from Friday, June 2, 2023, to Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.
There will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2. A gallery tour with artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, of Santa Fe, and origami master Robert J. Lang, will be at 6 p.m. June 2.
The exhibition features the innovative artwork of Kevin and Jennifer Box. Through a laborious process using the lost-wax technique, Kevin Box transforms both large- and small-scale paper origami pieces into metal sculptures.
The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to host this dynamic and unusual installation, which offers borderland residents an opportunity to view this unique artwork beyond its permanent home in Cerrillos, N.M. It will mark the first time “ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN” has been offered in the region.
“ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN” was created in 2013, and its first exhibition was in 2014 at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Since then, more than 3 million visitors to botanical gardens and museums throughout the U.S. have experienced the metal sculptures.
Kevin and Jennifer Box collaborate with other U.S. and international origami artists, and through these collaborations push the boundaries of what origami and metal can be.
The exhibition features an interactive station where guests can fold butterflies and either take them home or leave them to be included in an installation that will grow with the exhibition. Additionally, a wide range of educational programs are planned, including origami folding events, a lecture about the history of origami, printmaking using origami designs, and a celebration of International Day of Peace using origami pieces.
The Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission fee to the museum. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 1.
For information, visit the Las Cruces Museum System website at or call 575/541-2137.

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