• October 18, 2021
 El Paso Museum of Archaeology Hosts Three New Public Exhibits

“El Paso Museum of Archaeology” by Susan Barnum

El Paso Museum of Archaeology Hosts Three New Public Exhibits

With three new exhibits spanning the entire Southwest, from Hopi lands to the Mission Valley, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology invites the public to to view the new artifacts.

Artifacts from Local Excavation

The mini exhibition explains the history of El Paso’s missions. It includes artifacts that were recovered from local archaeological explorations from the mid-1980s when UTEP excavated at the old Socorro Mission site.

The artifacts have been loaned to the museum from the personal collection of Joe Ledesma, who owns the land where the original Socorro Mission was located.  The museum is hosting an open house for the exhibition at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

The artifacts will be on display for the next two years.

Casas Grandes Resurgence: The Early Potters of Mata Ortiz

The exhibition is comprised of portraits of many of the early potters and participants of trade in the antiquities market and is taken from the work of Fabiola Silva, archaeologist, and Sterling Trantham, documentary photographer. The exhibit features pieces from the museum’s own collection of early Mata Ortiz pottery and groundbreaking work of Diego Valles, a member of the next generation of Mata Ortiz potters.

The exhibit is on display through June 23.

Children of the Hisatsinom: The Artistic Tradition of the Hopi

The exhibition takes a look at the ancient times of the Hopi people, or Hopituh Shi-nu-mu (the peaceful people) who lived in the Southwest maintaining their sacred covenant with Maasaw, the keeper of the earth. The Hopi lived as peaceful farmers who were respectful of the land and its resources.

The Hopi communicated elements of their culture and traditions through many of the art forms showcased in this exhibition. Objects on view are from the museum’s permanent collection and on loan from private collections.

The exhibit is on display through August 31.

For more information on all of the exhibits, visit the El Paso Museum of Archaeology website or call (915) 755-4332.

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