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‘Icons and Retablos’ opens at NMSU Art Museum


“Icons & Retablos: The Blessings of Christ on Home Altars” opens Friday, March 10, at the New Mexico State University Art Museum (UAM) in Devasthali Hall, 1308 E. University Ave., at the intersection of University and Solano Drive.

The show is guest curated by Elizabeth Zarur, Ph.D., and was created in collaboration with the Museum of Russian Icons (MRI) in Clinton, Massachusetts. It includes devotional works iconic to both Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, UAM said in a news release.

The exhibit’s opening reception is 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the museum. The exhibit continues through Aug. 26 in UAM’s Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery.

In joint exhibitions, UAM and URI display portions of each other’s significant collections, UAM said. The concurrent exhibits were curated by Zarur “to explore these two styles of devotion through diverse materials, themes and artistic expressions,” the news release said.

UAM houses the largest collection of Mexican retablos in the United States. MRI is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to Russian icons and houses the largest collection of icons outside of Russia.

Zarur holds a BFA in printmaking and drawing, an MFA in fiber arts and a Ph.D. in philosophy of art. During her 30-year career teaching art history at NMSU and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Zarur published extensively and curated several exhibitions, UAM said. Her research focuses on the arts and culture of Latin America and Portugal with the publication of books and articles on the 19th century Mexican retablo, the colonial architecture and religious rituals of Brazil, women artists in baroque Portugal and the feather art of the Indians of Central Brazil. She has curated several national and international exhibitions accompanied by comprehensive catalogs and attended conferences and delivered lectures in Brazil, Portugal, Mexico and the U.S.

UAM is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Designated gallery parking is available and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, UAM Coordinator Jasmine Herrera at 575-646-2545 and artmuseum@nmsu.edu.

Visit https://uam.nmsu.edu/.