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Artists’ talk featuring The New Romantic: Views of the 20th Century Landscape, May 6, 2 pm

Join artists Sharbani Das Gupta and Scott Greene for a discussion of their exhibition The New Romantic: Views of the 20th Century Landscape at 2pm on Saturday, May 6, in the Museum of Art.

Both artists make work that mirrors their concern for the often-destructive human impact on the environment. Greene’s oil paintings, crafted in a style reminiscent of Romantic-era paintings, depict landscapes littered with the detritus of human consumption, alluding to the death throes of nature caused by the industrial era. Das Gupta’s multi-media installations reflect upon humanity’s assaults on the natural world while hinting at the possibility of regeneration.

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

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.

PictoGraff: The Art of Warprayer, May 5 & 6

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PictoGraff: The Art of Warprayer highlights the historical value of wall art and expressions of the Indigenous mind. Join us for two days celebrating arrowsoul art in Las Cruces.

The event will begin on Friday, May 5 during the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble with live screen-printing and art demonstration, and a preview of the imagery planned for the following day.

On Saturday, May 6, from 9am-12:30pm, the courtyard between the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center at the north end of the downtown mall will be transformed into an art studio for aerosol, marker, and screen-print artists. Join local artist Saba and other arrowsoul artists as they perform a live art demonstration. Come meet the arrowsoul artist Carl Little, Jeanette Rocha, Joe Stacey, Leon Miramontes, and Anahy Nunez. The artist will collaborate on a large-scale art piece communicating images of place, belonging, and community through an indigenous lens, as they have in previous murals.

In addition to watching the artist at work, there will be a chance to participate in the creation of commemorative community artwork. Culture Club will be present providing art activities that will complement the theme of vibrant street art, featuring the techniques, motifs, and styles seen in urban context. The Culture Club activities will be for families of all ages to take part in. Presentations on the history of graffiti art will be ongoing throughout the day in the courtyard between the Museum of Art and the Branigan Cultural Center. Bring your own t-shirt to have the events logo screened onto the shirt, or be among the first 100 people to claim our own numbered, limited edition poster.

Arrowsoul is a mix of arrow and soul, the arrow is used in letter bending stemming from early New York wild styles that a lot of today’s pieces still represent. The arrow is also used by all Indigenous peoples around the world for hunting and fighting. The soul is reunited with our ancestors through a spray can, in the feeling and craft needed for the act of painting and expressing.

Artists’ talk featuring The New Romantic: Views of the 20th Century Landscape, May 6, 2p

Join artists Sharbani Das Gupta and Scott Greene for a discussion of their exhibition, The New Romantic: Views of the 20th Century Landscape, at 2pm on Saturday, May 6, in the Museum of Art.

Both artists make work that mirrors their concern for the often-destructive human impact on the environment. Greene’s oil paintings, crafted in a style reminiscent of Romantic-era paintings, depict landscapes littered with the detritus of human consumption, alluding to the death throes of nature caused by the industrial era. Das Gupta’s multi-media installations reflect upon humanity’s assaults on the natural world while hinting at the possibility of regeneration.

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

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.

Train Days, April 29, 10a-2p

Railroad Days

Please join us for our 10th annual Train Day event on April 29, 2017, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. This year, the Rail Runner will return to Las Cruces for tours. This is the first time since 2010 that the Rail Runner has been in Southern New Mexico!

Learn about the role that trains played in our history, and meet re-enactors to discover Railroad Railrunnerfirst-hand what it was like to live and work in the early 20th century.

Historic Harvey Girl and train staff re-enactors from El Paso will be on hand to talk about life working for the railroads in the early 20th century. NMSU’s 1912 Time Travelers class will perform skits between 10am and 12 noon.

The Dona Ana Modular Railroad Club will have a large display of H-O trains running. Quilter Lynn Moseley will be working on a train-themed quilt during the day.

Railroad SFMuseums from around the state will have information tables inside the museum. Information will also be available about the restoration of the 2926 steam engine in Albuquerque.

Outside, weather permitting, live steam demonstrations will take place hourly. Try your hand at signaling the same way rail yard employees signaled the locomotive crew, with color coded flags. Equipment from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will be on display.

As part of the 5th annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival, two local country music bands will be performing: Daisy Blue at 11am; and Vince Alten at 12:30pm.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10a.m. 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.

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.

“Jack London, Photographer” by Sara S. Hodson and Jeanne Campbell Reesman, April 20, 1:30p

Sara S. Hodson and Jeanne Campbell Reesman will present a lecture entitled, “Jack London, Photographer,” Thursday, April 20th at 1:30pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

World-famous author Jack London was also an accomplished photographer. London’s subjects included people like the ragged homeless of the City of London’s East End and the freezing refugees of the Russo-Japanese War. London took some of the first photographs in the wake of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. During his voyage aboard the Snark, he produced humane images of the South Sea islanders that contrasted dramatically with the period’s stereotypical portraits of indigenous peoples. The lecture will include highlights from London’s extraordinary body of photographs, with descriptions of his experiences drawn from his writings. The speakers, Sara S. “Sue” Hodson and Jeanne Campbell Reesman, together with Philip Adam, published a volume of selections from London’s photographs, with the University of Georgia Press. The current exhibition is based on this book.

Sara S. “Sue” Hodson is curator of literary collections at The Huntington, where she oversees all the British and American literary manuscripts and rare books from the renaissance to the present, including the Jack London Papers. A nationally-recognized expert on privacy and confidentiality in modern manuscript collections, she lectures and publishses often on that subject. She lectures and writes about Jack London and was named Woman of the Year by the Jack London Foundation. Her essay, “The People of the Abyss: Tensions and Tenements in the Capital of Poverty,” appears in the Oxford Handbook of Jack London.

Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Ph.D., is Jack and Laura Richmond Endowed Faculty Fellow in American Literature and Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has published numerous books on Jack London, including “Jack London’s Racial Lives” (U of Georgia P, 2009) and, with Sue S. Hudson, “Jack London, Photographer” (U of Georgia P, 2010). She is presently at work on two new books, “Jack London: Writers in Their Own Time” (U of Iowa P) and “Mark Twain Vs. God: The Story of a Relationship” (U of Georgia P). She is the founder of the Jack London Society, for which she served as Executive Director for 25 years.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2154.

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.

Pinhole Photography Workshop, Saturday, April 15, 2 pm

Celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with the Las Cruces Museums!

Pinhole cameras are very basic, lens-free cameras that use a small pinhole to project an inverted image at the back of the camera. Larger pinholes allow for brighter images but reduce the focus sharpness of the images.

On Saturday, April 15, at 2:00pm, in the Museum of Nature and Science, workshop participants willPinhole Photo day 2 have the opportunity to use a pinhole viewer to practice seeing the inverted images, then take photos outside. Photographs will be developed and available to take home. Photographs may also be submitted to the online gallery for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, held this year on April 30. The workshop is free, but supplies are limited. Participants must be aged 12 or older. Please visit the museum or call 575.541.2137 to register.

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

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.

“Arid America: Henry C. Trost and the Revival of Spanish Renaissance,” Lecture on Thursday, April 13, 1:00 pm

Jerry Wallace will present a lecture entitled, “Arid America: Henry C. Trost and the Revival of Spanish Renaissance,” Thursday, April 13th at 1:00pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.  Photo: Old Mesilla Park School, built in 1899

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Jerry D. Wallace is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Mexico focusing on environmental history and historic preservation – specifically on human-animal relationships and the built environment in the twentieth century. His dissertation examines neighborhood identities in the early Cold War era in which he explores how class, gender, animals, age and the trans-local have shaped built communities in the American West, Southwest, and the borderlands. He currently teaches at New Mexico State University.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2154.

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.