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Hopi Gourd Rattles Workshop

Branigan Cultural Center LogoMuseums provide visitors with information about objects and their history, but rarely give insight as to how these stories are discovered. The Branigan Cultural Center will give a hands-on workshop on Thursday, May 29 at 1 pm on the study of material culture through a set of Hopi gourd rattles from the Branigan collection.

In-Depth workshops introduce participants to objects from the museum’s permanent collections that are not slated for museum exhibition. In this workshop, aimed at adults, we will carefully examine two Hopi gourd rattles. Rattles are often used in Pueblo dances and feast days. These rattles come with very little documentation, but we will examine how they were made, the use of different materials and techniques, decoration style, and other culturally significant aspects of these objects. Come see for yourself what information can be contained in a single item. This program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

USS New Mexico Submariners

Branigan Cultural Center LogoDo you know what naval vessel is named for the Land of Enchantment? The USS New Mexico (SSN-779) is the Navy’s sixth Virginia-class fast-attack nuclear submarine. Come learn about this technologically advanced submarine from some of its own crew at the Branigan Cultural Center on Thursday, May 22 at 1 pm.

The first warship named after our state was the battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40). The submarine USS New Mexico was delivered to the Navy on December 29, 2009. This May, Las Cruces welcomes submariners from the vessel, as they tour the state and learn about the heritage embodied in the submarine’s motto: “Defendamos Nuestra Tierra” (We Defend Our Land). As part of this visit, two submariners, accompanied by Dick Brown, Chairman of the USS New Mexico Committee, Navy League, will give a presentation at the Branigan Cultural Center. The program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

Guided Tour of Corina Gabaldón’s Exhibit, “La Sabiduría Ancestral / Ancestral Wisdom”

Branigan Cultural Center LogoLocal artist Corina Gabaldón will lead visitors through her exhibit La Sabiduría Ancestral / Ancestral Wisdom in a guided tour on Saturday, May 17 at 10am.

Influenced and inspired by the rich culture, mythology and fascinating art of her ancestors, Corina Gabaldón’s paintings are dedicated to promoting and preserving the ancestral wisdom of her Aztec/Mayan heritage. Corina believes art can be a pathway to peace and world healing, and that it is a sacred task. As she moves through the gallery, she will share her thoughts on honoring her heritage, creating art, and the importance of sharing traditional lifeways through artistic interpretation.

Gabaldón notes that “the sharing of these spiritual, traditional indigenous beliefs, knowledge and ways of life, will not only bring appreciation and availability to the world, but it will build pride and identity in the children of today’s generation who have inherited this wisdom since ancient times.” The artist will share the stories and history behind each painting in this intriguing show.

Join us for this one-time artist-lead tour of La Sabiduría Ancestral / Ancestral Wisdom. The program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

“The Lizard and the Sun” Family Workshop

Branigan Cultural Center LogoIn conjunction with the exhibit La Sabiduría Ancestral / Ancestral Wisdom by local artist Corina Gabaldón, the Branigan Cultural Center presents a family workshop based on the Aztec story of The Lizard and the Sun / La Lagartija y el Sol, as retold by Alma Flor Ada. The story will be read in English and Spanish, followed by an art project.

Influenced and inspired by the rich culture, mythology and fascinating art of her ancestors, Corina Gabaldón’s paintings are dedicated to promoting and preserving the ancestral wisdom of her Aztec/Mayan heritage. Join us for a workshop exploring some of the characters in this art. We will learn about the roles played by different animals, gods, and traditions and create some art of our own, inspired by these ancient tales.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 10, at noon at Branigan Cultural Center and will include a visit to the exhibit. This program is free and open to the public.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

Archaeology in the Mesa Verde Region: Ancient Ties Across the Southwest

Branigan Cultural Center LogoDr. Fumi Arakawa will present the May 2014 History Notes lecture at Branigan Cultural Center on Thursday, May 8 at 1pm.

Hundreds of years ago, much of the Southwest was settled by Pueblo farmers, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo peoples living primarily throughout Northern New Mexico, on the Hopi Mesas of Northern Arizona, and in North-Central Mexico. In Archaeology in the Mesa Verde Region: Ancient Ties Across the Southwest, Arakawa will examine these deep and far-reaching cultural ties in a lecture that presents a brief chronology of Ancestral Pueblo archaeology followed by a more in-depth look at cultural developments in the Four Corners region. The Ancestral Pueblo occupants of the Mesa Verde Region migrated from that area in the 1300s, a time of cultural change throughout the Southwest. Where did the Cliff Dwellers move to? What was their relationship to the people living in the Gila Cliff Dwellings? Come to this talk to find out more about the Pueblo history of the greater Southwest.

Dr. Arakawa is an archaeology professor in the NMSU Department of Anthropology. His interests lie primarily in the prehistoric American Southwest, lithic technological organization, pottery in the Mesa Verde region, and sociopolitical organization in tribal-level societies, and geology and lithic analyses. He also examines topics including cultural trajectory, gendered division of labor, migration, and exchange systems in his research. Dr. Arakawa presents a new view on the archaeological record rooted in the philosophy and anthropology of Japanese and East Asian cultures. He has been a research associate for the Village Ecodynamics Project (an NSF funded program) since 2002, conducting stone tool and debitage analyses and compiling chipped-stone databases in the Mesa Verde and northern Rio Grande regions.

History Notes, monthly lectures on historical topics, take place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Please check our webpage for facebook for a full listing of these and other Branigan Cultural Center public programs.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

The Feminine in Religious Iconography of the Southwest

Branigan Cultural Center LogoElizabeth Zarur of the NMSU Art History Department will present opening remarks on Madonna International Print Exchange to kick off the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble on May 2 at 4:30pm. In her lecture, Dr. Zarur will discuss the presence of the feminine in religious iconography of the Southwest. Major features of the cultural landscape of female saints include the role of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexican and Southwestern U.S. belief and a range of minor and major saints. Throughout the talk, Dr. Zarur will guide listeners through an understanding of the special import of motherhood, nurturing, and sainthood in religious art.

Dr. Elizabeth Zarur is an associate professor of art at New Mexico State University with specialization in Latin American art and architecture. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. in Art from the University of Georgia. Dr. Zarur has been the curator/co-curator of numerous international exhibitions over the last 15 years, including El Favor de los Santos: The Retablo Collection of New Mexico State University, Ora et Labora: A Arte Sacra no Século XXI (The Sacred Art in 21st century Brazil), Master Weavers of Peru: Wari/Inca Legacy, The Native Textiles of the Americas: Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States and Seeking the Divine. Her book Art and Faith in Mexico: The Nineteenth-Century Retablo Tradition has been instrumental in focusing attention on the importance of the NMSU Art Gallery retablo collection. Dr. Zarur has presented her research nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of a number of national and international grants.

Please join us at 4:30pm for the lecture, followed by the opening of Madonna International Print Exchange and Sabiduría Ancestral/Ancestral Wisdom by Corina Gabaldón during the 5-7pm Ramble.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

 

Railroad Days April 25 & 26

Railroad Museum LogoPlease join the Railroad Museum for their sixth annual Railroad Days, April 25 & 26, 2014 (10-4 pm each day).

All festivities celebrate Las Cruces’ railroading past, present, and future. Throughout the two-day event, the Dona Ana Modular Railroad Club will have their model train layouts running and staff will be on hand to answer questions relating to railroading’s rich history. The Centennial Caboose will be on display for viewing as restoration efforts continue on this historic piece of rolling stock. In addition to the caboose, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will be bringing equipment that will be available for viewing (no rides) on Saturday.

Inside the museum, we will have Harvey Girl re-enactors from the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso, and the Deming and Columbus museums will also have booths set up. Prior to Saturday’s big events; Friday, April 25, is Students’ Day with special tours by appointment for groups and activities for the kids throughout the day.

The Museum is regularly open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Event is free and open to the public. The Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street (at Las Cruces Ave.). For information, please see http://museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-647-4480.

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