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Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico Exhibit opens June 22, BCC

Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico opens Friday, June 22, 2018, and continues through Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, an exhibit from the Museum of International Folk Art, traces flamenco to its arrival in the U.S. and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions.

Tracing flamenco’s journey, this exhibition includes historic and contemporary costumes, musical instruments, costume and set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters, and more. These objects chronicle flamenco’s evolution from rural, folkloric tradition to elaborate staged productions incorporating extravagantly costumed dancers accompanied by virtuoso guitarists. Handed down from generation to generation, between family and community members living at society’s edges, flamenco incorporates historic dance and music traditions from Roman times to the Arabic period. Flamenco expresses a way of life shaped by a multitude of cultural and regional influences such as the Gitanos (Romany people) of Spain and Andalusian regional customs. In 2010, UNESCO declared flamenco a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This exhibition also examines flamenco’s integration into New Mexico’s culture, making it the first ever to show history and development of flamenco’s role within the culture of New Mexico.

Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and is touring through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions, with generous support by Heritage Hotels and Resorts and New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. Enjoy special summer hours when the museum is open until 8pm on Wednesdays June through August.

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Exploring Line Art Workshop, June 20, 5 PM, MoA

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is open until 8pm every Wednesday night through Summer 2018. Each week, we invite visitors to visit the museums to explore the exhibitions and join us for special evening programs.

On Wednesday, June 20, in addition to viewing the exhibition Here and Now, we invite everyone to participate in our “Exploring Line Art Workshop” from 5pm to 7pm as we examine one of the fundamental elements of art – the line. Learn how artists use lines to convey movement and mood and be prepared to create an abstract line art piece of your own! All materials provided.

The museum is located at 491 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit our website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575-541-2137.

STEAMpunk for Kids! Eleanor Ormerod, Saturday, June 16, 11:45 AM, MoNaS

 Witness the history of scientific discovery at the Museum of Nature and Science’s “STEAMpunk” program on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 11:45am-12:45pm. This month we will focus on 19th century English entomologist, Eleanor Ormerod.

During this one-hour program, children ages 7-12 will explore the work of Eleanor Ormerod as an entomologist and her contributions to understanding agricultural pests. Participants will learn to make and document observations of insects with language and art.

Ormerod

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.

Sci-Fi Summer Film Series at MoNaS

Screen science fiction films with a scientist.

The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science is presenting three films at the Rio Grande Theatre this summer. A special guest host will discuss the science versus fiction of each film during a brief introduction before the film begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm and admission to all three films is free.

June 12: The Andromeda Strain
A deadly extraterrestrial virus is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an “insulated” drunk. Rated G.

June 26: Big Hero 6
A young tech whiz named Hiro must save his city with the help of his inflatable robot Baymax, and his friends Go Go Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred. Rated PG.

August 14: Jaws
An enormous great white shark terrorizes a summer resort town, where a police chief, a fisherman, and a marine biologist realize they’re “gonna need a bigger boat” to battle the bloodthirsty beast. Rated PG.

Admission to the Las Cruces Museum System is free.

“Native American Steel Gangs,” Brown Bag Lecture, 12 PM, June 12, RRM

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  On June 12, Fred Friedman will present, ”Native American Steel Gangs.”

Friedman has a broad background in New Mexico railroading history. He served as head of the state’s Railroad Bureau for many years, investigated railroad accidents throughout the country for law firms, and acted as an expert witness in railroad cases after retirement. He has written numerous works about New Mexico railroad history, including subjects such as Santa Fe County Railroads: 1880 to the Present, The Zuni Mountain Railroad, and Railroad Depots of New Mexico.

Among railroaders, Native American track workers, known as “steel gangs” were the best in the business. In New Mexico, steel gangs were comprised of Navajo, Pueblo, Hopi, and other indigenous groups. This presentation describes the establishment of “steel gangs, importance to the railroad industry, and their eventual absorption into more technical aspects of railroading.”

This program is made possible by a grant from the Historical Society of New Mexico.

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. Throughout summer 2018, the museum will be open every Wednesday until 8pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 528-3444.

Summer 2018 Studio Art Classes at MoA

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to announce that registration for Summer Studio Programs Art Classes is open. Classes run from June 11-August 4. Classes are filling up fast, so register early!

The Studio Programs Art Classes exist to give our community access to creative learning opportunities. Children, teens, and adults are encouraged to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.

Come spend your summer discovering your artist within through various class options including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, comic book illustration, and much more! Classes are offered for all levels of artists. View the class schedule today!

Registration is located at the Museum of Nature and Science located at 411 North Main Street. Students must register in person during the hours of Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Registration ends June 9 for Adult classes. Registrations for Kids/Youth classes are due the Saturday before the class starts. All classes are dependent on minimum enrollment.

The Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main Street and open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. In Summer 2018, the Museum is also open every Wednesday until 8pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-541-2137.

Native American Citizenship Panel, 6/9, 1 PM at BCC

PepionJoin the Branigan Cultural Center in welcoming Dr. Donald Pepion of the Blackfoot Tribe, Navajo representative Taffy Miller, Justin McHorse from Taos Pueblo, and Michael Roy of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe for a discussion panel on Saturday, June 9, at 1pm.

The panel will revolve around the June 2, “Native American Citizenship Day”. The panel will discuss current relationships with government, forced relocations (both historic and modern), as well as what it is like to be Native American in today’s world. The panel will be held in the Branigan Cultural Center Swartz room and audience members are encouraged to ask questions.

The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm. Enjoy special summer evening hours when the museums are open until 8pm every Wednesday, June through August. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2154.