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Short films, theater part of ‘Icons and Symbols’ exhibit


The current exhibition at the Museum of Art, "Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads," features over 80 pieces of artwork by 29 regional artists. The participating artists consider their complex cultural inheritance and reveal their points of view about the ever-shifting relationship between the United States and Mexico.

Several events are scheduled in September to support this innovative exhibit. “Noche de Fiesta” is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16 at the Museum of Art, from 4:30-6pm. In celebration of Diez y Sies, this event features the El Paso Latin jazz quartet Footprints and gallery talks by two artists included in the exhibit.

On Friday, Sept. 23 a three-hour, multi-faceted event features two interpretive performances, two short films, and two theatrical performances. The event takes place at the Rio Grande Theatre, 6-9pm. The two interpretive performers are with the New Mexico Humanities Council. Arnold Herrera will discuss Cochiti Pueblo culture and the importance of drums in his presentation “The Way of the Drum.” Judith Avila will discuss the life of World War II Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez. Ilana Lapid’s film interprets the Borderland legend of La Llorona and David DeWitt’s film considers the challenges Latino immigrants face. Rounding out the evening, the Road Trip 28 Ensemble presents “La Cocina,” an examination of traditional foods and their meaning within a family.

Icons and Symbols of the Borderland is on view at the Museum of Art through Oct. 15.

The museum is located at 491 N. Main St. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no admission fee. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.las-cruces.org/Museums or call 575-541-2137.

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