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From the Vault: Selections from The Permanent Collection opens at BCC

Join us Friday, February 15, 2019, through Saturday, March 23, 2019, for From the Vault: Selections from The Permanent Collection, an exhibit showcasing rarely-seen works of art from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit features several regional as well as international artists, including Harrison Begay and Jose Luis Cuevas.

The museum is located at 501 N. 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 575.541.2154.

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“Shifting River, Shifting Narrative: A History of the Chamizal Dispute,” Feb. 14, by Robert Diaz at BCC

Join us for our monthly “History Notes” lecture as El Paso County Historical Society President Robert Diaz presents “Shifting River, Shifting Narrative: A History of the Chamizal Dispute” on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at 1pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

This presentation focuses on the history of the 100-year long Chamizal dispute that took place along the U.S.-Mexico Border in El Paso between 1864 and 1964. The dispute was caused by a shift in the Rio Grande, as a survey presented in 1852 marked differences between the bed of the Rio Grande and the present channel of the river. The Chamizal—a tract of land between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez – became mired in tension and controversy as the U.S. and Mexico argued over its “rightful” owner. Caught in between were thousands of residents living in the area, many of whom were forced to relocate once U.S. and Mexican government officials settled the dispute. Today, national parks in El Paso and Mexico commemorate the conflict and resolution. In this presentation, Robert Diaz will discuss the nature of the conflict, the formation of the public parks to celebrate the Chamizal’s history, and how we should understand the U.S.-Mexico border in light of current events.

“History Notes”, monthly lectures on historical topics, takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please check our webpage at http://www.museums.las-cruces.org, or Facebook.com/LCMuseums, for a full listing of these and other public programs hosted by the Branigan Cultural Center and the City of Las Cruces Museums.

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. For addition information call (575) 541-2154.

Registration for Studio Art Classes Session 2 at the Museum of Art is Open

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is excited to announce that registration for Spring 2019 Studio Programs Art Classes is open. Classes for Session 2 will be held March 26 – May 11.

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

Come discover your artist within through various class options including painting, drawing, ceramics, fabric dyeing, printmaking and much more! Classes are offered to all levels of artists. Classes fill up fast, so register early!

Registration is located at the Museum of Nature & 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 the Wednesday before each Session begins.

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

Brown Bag lecture, Feb. 12: “Hobos in the Border Region During the Great Depression,” at the LC Railroad Museum

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a “Brown Bag Lecture” at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On February 12, Patricia Kiddney will present “Hobos in the Border Region During the Great Depression”.

An El Pasoan since 1967, Kiddney has been active in the historical preservation efforts of El Paso County since 1992 through Concordia Heritage Association (maintaining, protecting and preserving historic Concordia Cemetery), El Paso County Historical Commission, Harvey Girls of El Paso and Southwest Chapter of Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

As a founding member of the award-winning Six Guns & Shady Ladies Old West reenactment group since 1998, Patricia began specializing as the lead storyteller of the Shady Lady Storytellers in 2003. Her interest in history has led her to form her unique style of storytelling of more than 20 historical characters.

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) 528-3444.

STEAMpunk – Archie Alexander, Mathematician and Engineer at the Museum of Nature & Science, Feb. 16

The Museum of Nature & Science presents “STEAMpunk – Archie Alexander” Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 11:30am. The program, intended for ages 7 – 12, is free and open to the public.

Archie Alexander was an American engineer, mathematician, and architect. Alexander was the first African-American engineering student at the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor of Science. He overcame prejudice to become a civil engineer, eventually overseeing bridge construction projects in the Midwest. He went on to open his own company and contribute to many social and civic improvements in Iowa. Participants will learn about Alexander’s accomplishments and compete in a bridge building challenge to support the weight of a can of soup. 

“STEAMpunk” is offered monthly, highlighting the work of an historic scientist through hands on exploration.

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. 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.

Artventurous at the Museum of Art

Join us every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm in the connector between the Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature & Science for a hands-on art making experience! Each month features a different art appreciation theme and a different subject each week. February’s theme is “Art Deco”:

February 9: Fans
February 16: Faux Stained Glass
February 23: Las Cruces Deco Poster

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

Education Station at the Museum of Art

Join the education staff at the Museum of Art on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 2:30pm for a presentation about Salvador Dali, a Spanish painter and one of the world’s most well-known surrealist artists. Learn about his eccentric life and artistic career that has captured the imagination for over a century.

Following the presentation will be a short educational documentary about the art of Salvador Dali from the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The documentary is designed to teach kindergarten through 5th grade students about surrealism and how Dali’s art was inspired by dreams, math and science. After the documentary, participate in an activity inspired by Dali’s art. All materials will be provided by the museum.

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