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Museum of Art: Gallery Highlight The Social & Political Commentary of Modern Art, Feb. 24, 1 PM

On Saturday, February 24, 1pm-3pm, the Museum of Art will host a Gallery Highlight entitled “The Social & Political Commentary of Modern Art”. Join NMSU Assistant Professor and Artist of Photography, Wes Kline for a lecture highlighting the current exhibition Politics on Paper: Art with an Agenda from the Syracuse University Art Collection. He will discuss the roles of print and photography in modern society and the boundaries artist can push in their art to address social and political commentary.

Admission to the Museum of Art is free. The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

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STEAMpunk – Gregor Mendel, Feb. 24, 11:45 AM

Witness the history of scientific discovery at the Museum of Nature and Science’s “STEAMpunk program on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 11:45am-12:45pm.

During this one-hour session, participants will travel in time to see the 19th Century Steampunkdiscoveries of scientist Gregor Mendel. Mendel was an Austrian monk who discovered the foundation of modern genetics through observing and describing hereditary traits in pea plants. Participants will learn about these observable traits, called phenotypes, through a hands-on activity.

Admission to the Museum of Nature and Science is free. The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

Branigan Cultural Center Open Call for Submissions for 2019 Exhibits, Feb. 28 – Apr. 7

Branigan Cultural Center seeks proposals for exhibits with themes of cultural and historical significance relating to the Southwest to be presented in 2019. Branigan Cultural Center is accepting submissions from artists (solo and group), from formal and informal scholars, and cultural heritage organizations.

Proposals will be accepted February 28 – April 7, 2018. To apply, complete the form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCMS2018. Proposals must be received by 5pm on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Applications must include a brief (1-4 paragraph(s)) narrative, should include artist(s) statement or group’s mission, 8 to 10 jpg images of proposed work (or those of similar style and quality), and linear and/or square footage needs. Exhibits will run for a 6 to 12 week period. Incomplete or late proposals will not be accepted.

For more information, please call 575-541-2154. The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.

Active Galaxy Lecture: Using Mobile Phone Technology for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Land Management, Feb. 21, 5:30p

The Land-Potential Knowledge System: Using Mobile Phone Technology for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Land Management

Join the Museum of Nature and Science on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 5:30pm-6:30pm for the “Active Galaxy Lecture Series.” Dr. Amy Quandt will present, “The Land-Potential Knowledge System: Using Mobile Phone Technology for Biodiversity LandPKSConservation and Sustainable Land Management”. The Land-Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) is an open-source, free mobile app that was created to help address the issue of conservation by providing tools that help land managers conserve biodiversity and make more sustainable land use choices. The app works as an innovative, mobile data collection and analysis tool to support local land management aimed to optimize design and implementation of land restoration, food security, and biodiversity conservation programs. Mobile technology is one emerging tool for conservation and sustainable land management, and LandPKS is one tool that aims to help users globally make better land use decisions.

Dr. Quandt earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and is an assistant professor at the Jornada Experimental Range at NMSU. She also serves as the global coordinator for LandPKS where she works to coordinate project staff and LandPKS users.

Admission to the Museum of Nature and Science is free. The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

“A History of White Sands Missile Range” Brown Bag Lecture, Feb. 13, 12 PM

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On February 13, Jim Eckles will present, “A History of White Sands Missile Range”.

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White Sands Missile Range is the Department of Defense’s largest open-air range, providing research, development, experimentation and training facilities to all branches of the United Sates Armed Forces, its allies, and partners. It covers almost 3,200 square miles in southern New Mexico.

Eckles worked in the Public Affairs Office of White Sands Missile Range from 1977 until he retired in 2007. He has published two books about the history of the range, and was inducted into the missile range’s Hall of Fame. He is on the board of directors for both the White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation and the Doña Ana County Historical Society. He and his wife live in Las Cruces and enjoy bicycling, hiking and playing golf.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 647-4480.

Reading Art Book Club, Feb. 14, 2:30 PM

ArtofControversyEvery 2nd Wednesday of the month, the Reading Art Book Club explores the connections between art and literature through reading an art-related book. On February 14, 2018 at 2:30pm we are discussing the book The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power by Victor S. Navasky. The meeting will be preceded by a screening of Simon Schama’s Power of Art at 1pm in the Museum of Nature & Science classroom.

Admission to the Museum of Art is free. The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

Tombaugh Day Celebration, Feb. 10, 10 AM at MoNaS

Tombaugh Day, the annual celebration of the life and work of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, will be held at the Museum of Nature and Science on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10am-12pm.

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The Museum of Nature and Science will host continuous, free, hands on activities for all ages focusing on the discoveries of local astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. The event will begin with a welcome session and special presentation by the Tombaugh family at 10am in the museum’s classroom. The NMSU Astronomy Department and the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on site with solar telescopes giving visitors the opportunity to safely view the sun.

Admission to the Museum of Nature and Science is free. The museum is located at 411 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm. and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.