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Navajo Rug Auction – Sept 22nd & 23rd

The Foundation for Las Cruces Museum is sponsoring its 4th annual Navajo Rug Auction to benefit the Las Cruces museum system and Navajo weavers. Items to be auctioned will consist of contemporary and vintage authentic handmade Navajo rugs and baskets.

The events associated with the auction will be held Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 North Main Street.

On Friday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, the Foundation will host a jewelry sale and appraisal session.  For $10 per item you can have your Native American rugs, baskets, jewelry and similar items appraised. Sorry, no Kachina dolls or paintings.

All auction items will be available for preview on Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, with the auction beginning at noon. Local weavers will be on-site to identify handspun, hand-carded and vintage pieces and to help identify important features of the rugs.

During the preview on September 23, weaving demonstrations will be provided by a group of Native American weavers.  Weavers will be present throughout the auction, from 9:00 AM to close, answering questions. They will give a special presentation for children at 11am.

Navajo, or Diné, weavers are renowned world-wide for their virtuosic weaving and Navajo rugs are quintessential aspects of the Southwestern cultural landscape. More than 200 hundred rugs in a wide range of styles, both historic and recently completed, will be on display and available for purchase. The auction will be run by R.B. Burnham & Co. Whether you are a collector or just learning, this is a great opportunity to view a variety of styles and learn more on the history of Navajo rug weaving. Browse, bid and take home a unique handmade textile. Proceeds benefit Navajo weavers, the Las Cruces Museums, and the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums. Admission is free.


Spider Rock Girls – July 22nd – 10am-1pm

Coming up on Saturday, July 22 from 10am-1pm, the Branigan Cultural Center welcomes again the Spider Rock Girls!

The Spider Rock Girls are three generations of weavers from the Chinle area in the Navajo Nation. The family has been weaving for generations, and through the sale of their beautiful weavings, they have provided food, clothing, and education for the family.

Meet this extraordinary family and learn about their approach to both traditional and innovative weaving techniques and patterns. Members of the family will demonstrate traditional Navajo weaving techniques and will answer questions about their weaving.

Join us for this free and exciting event!


Turkish Marbling Workshop, May 20, 2p

Ceramic and installation artist Sharbani Das Gupta will lead a workshop on the Turkish marbling technique known as Ebru at the Museum of Art on Saturday, May 20 at 2pm. Usually completed on paper, Das Gupta has adapted the art form for ceramics.


Born in Mumbai, India, Das Gupta currently lives and works in Las Cruces. She studied at the National Institute of Design in Gujurat, India, and considers her herself a socio-political artist and activist. Her work in The New Romantic reflects her interest in the socio-environmental world and advocacy for a sustainable future.

The workshop is being offered in conjunction with the current exhibition The New Romantic: Visions of the 20th Century Landscape. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Participants must be at least 12 years old. To register, please visit the museum or call 575.541.3330.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located downtown 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:

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

May 20th at the Museums!

Looking for something to do this Saturday, May 20th? Here is a list of activities happening at your friendly, neighborhood Museums!

Artrageous – Animals:  Museum of Art, 10am-12pm. Express yourself with a different project each Saturday at the Museum of Art. In May, join us for animal-themed art projects. For information about this program, contact the museum at 575.541.2217 or

Culture Club – Paper Plate Fans: Branigan Cultural Center, 10am-12pm. For information on this program, contact the museum at 575.541.2219 or

Animal Encounter – Birds: Museum of Nature & Science, 10:30am-11:30am. Discover animal from our local area and from around the world. Each week we will focus on a different class of animals or a special animal program. For more information, contact the Museum of Nature & Science at (575) 522-3120 or

Story Time: Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 11:00am-11:30am. Listen to a story and complete a related activity. Story Time is free and all ages are welcome. No registration required. For information about this program, contact the museum at 575.647.4480 or

Scientific Fun for Families – Light Factory: Museum of Nature & Science, 11:30am. Bring your curiousity and your family to the museum for a hands-on investigation on Saturdays. These classes aim to encourage family collaboration and provide a basic understanding of scientific concepts.
For information abou this class, contact the museum at 575.522.3120 or

Create with Consciousness: Museum of Art, 2pm-5pm. Ceramic and installation artist Sharbani das Gupta will lead participants through her creative process, discussing new techniques in her art form. Registration is required for this program and participation is limited to ages 12+. For information about this program, contact the museum at 575.541.2137 or


Palafitos: Building an Overwater Life in the Land of Grace, with Susan Parra, 5/11, 1p

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The New Romantic


Summer Program is Available

Visit all four of your City of Las Cruces Museums! The Museums are free, open to the public, and ACCESSIBLE. Open: Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm. For Summer Hours starting in June, the Museums will be open on Wednesday evenings until 7pm.

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For more information about the programs, events, and classes in this booklet, please call 575-541-3330 or email