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 over 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 August 5 – October 15, 2022. Participating artists will lead a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on 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 on hand 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 run 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 also run 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 is located at 491 N. Main St. 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. Saturday. There is no admission fee. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.las-cruces.org/Museums or call (575) 541-2137.