News Flash

News Releases

Posted on: September 28, 2020

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields at the Branigan Cultural Center

Dolores Huerta making a speech

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center from October 17, 2020 through January 9, 2021. The exhibition shares the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Dolores Huerta and the farm workers movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It features reproductions of historic and personal photographs, and graphic elements as well as a free, user-friendly, mobile tour smart phone app featuring interviews with Huerta, and a short bilingual documentary video. 

The exhibition details Huerta’s life from her early influences—such as her mother Alicia and mentor Fred Ross who led to her groundbreaking time as the female voice in the traditionally male-dominated farm workers’ movement—through the United Farm Workers’ grape boycotts and landmark agreements with the grape-growing conglomerates. The exhibition also features many of the people who worked with Huerta on the farm workers’ movement, including fellow organizers Larry Itliong and César Chávez and artistic contributors like Xavier Viramontes and El Teatro Campesino.

Before the movement, the California grape laborers faced open discrimination, below-poverty wages and dangerously unsafe working and living conditions. Huerta and her colleagues sacrificed their own well-being to challenge the system and galvanize solidarity for a better life for them. Yet often Huerta’s name and impact are overlooked, including the misattribution of her coined phrase, “Yes, we can! / ¡Si, se puede!” to other historical figures. When most women were still expected to play primarily domestic roles, Huerta introduced new models of womanhood as an energetic picket captain, persuasive lobbyist, and unyielding negotiator.

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en Los Campos is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work, and play.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Las Cruces Museums have instituted new procedures to visit our facilities to ensure the health and safety of our staff and guests. Please call 575/522-3120 or 575/528-3330, email education@las-cruces.org, or visit museums.las-cruces.org to find out about current restrictions.

Guests with COVID-19 symptoms or who are sick will not be permitted to enter. Guests are required to follow health guidelines by wearing a mask over their nose and mouth, maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others at all times, and refraining from touching museum objects.

The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street (RoadRUNNER Transit bus route 1, stop 36) and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 541-2154.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Releases

A group photo of the Las Cruces City Council, who will serve from January 2020 through December 2023

No City Council Meeting on November 30

Posted on: November 24, 2020
Orange barrels on street

Alameda Boulevard Lane Closures

Posted on: November 24, 2020
COVID-19

JIC Notes November 24, 2020

Posted on: November 24, 2020
Glow together Las Cruces

Las Cruces Glows Together Despite COVID-19

Posted on: November 23, 2020
Orange barrels on street

Lane Closure Notice for Mesa Grande Drive

Posted on: November 20, 2020
Orange barrels on street

La Colonia Avenue Shoulder Work

Posted on: November 19, 2020
Orange barrels on street

South Telshor Boulevard Lane Closure

Posted on: November 18, 2020
Transit Bus

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Posted on: November 18, 2020
i-25 Construction Project

Construction Suspended on I-25 Project

Posted on: November 18, 2020
An undated photo of one of the lion statues in front of Las Cruces City Hall

Restriping of Parking Lots at City Hall

Posted on: November 17, 2020
Police lights

Apartment Fire Quickly Extinguished

Posted on: November 16, 2020
Leif Everett Hayman

Missing Las Cruces Man Located

Posted on: November 16, 2020
Orange barrels on street

North Telshor Boulevard Median Improvement

Posted on: November 12, 2020
A group photo of the Las Cruces City Council, who will serve from January 2020 through December 2023

City Council to Meet November 16

Posted on: November 12, 2020
Orange Barrel in the middle of the roadway with vehicles in the background

Shoulder Work on Mall Drive

Posted on: November 12, 2020
Munson Senior Center

Munson Senior Center Closure

Posted on: November 10, 2020
Orange barrels on street

Lane Closure for S. Main Street

Posted on: November 6, 2020
Orange barricade

Lane Closure on S. Telshor Boulevard

Posted on: November 5, 2020
Orange Barrel in the middle of the roadway with vehicles in the background

Road Closure Notice for Espanola Street

Posted on: November 3, 2020
Valentin Nunez Arrest Mug

Suspect in Oct. 15 Stabbing is Arrested

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Tashiro Drive

Tashiro Drive Road Closure Notice

Posted on: October 16, 2020
person watering plants

Fall / Winter Water Restrictions

Posted on: October 7, 2020
Census impersonators

Beware of Fake Census Workers

Posted on: October 6, 2020
Teen Reading a book

Teen Study Services

Posted on: September 8, 2020
child coloring with crayons

Out-of-School Time Tutoring Services

Posted on: September 4, 2020