El Paso Museum of Art to Open New Exhibitions

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to two new exhibitions about the Spanish Colonial Americas, on display from February 8 to May 9 in the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery.

With the first exhibit, Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art, visitors will experience the seventeenth and nineteenth century, a time when Spanish colonizers began to develop Latin America and the surrounding regions igniting an artistic and commercial exchange.

Curated into three sections focused on art for the church, home and personal devotion, Power and Piety presents 60 works of art that include monumental oil paintings, luxury chairs with elaborate carved and pierced foliage patterns, and exquisitely crafted candelabras and silver lamps.

Power and Piety offers an immersive look at the extravagant wealth and religious zeal that characterized the Spanish Colonial period—a period that has established a cultural legacy still evident today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Assistant Curator Kevin Burns.

It will be supplemented by a Member’s Preview at 5:30 p.m. on February 7 with a performance by musician Azul Barrientos and Mexican dishes provided by ELEMI.

The second exhibition, Power and Piety, Saints and Sacred Stories: Devotional Objects from New Spain, will feature works of art from paintings and sculptors to altars and retablos, taken almost entirely from EPMA’s collection and complemented by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art.

Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art is supplemented with the following programming:

  • Member’s Preview: Thursday, February 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Azul Barrientos: Friday, February 8, Noon to 1:00 pm

The exhibition is drawn from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and is co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

Support for Power and Piety is provided by the Rogers Family, Texas Commission on the Arts and El Paso Museum of Art Foundation. Saints and Sacred Stories is supported by Texas Commission on the Arts and El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

The Member Preview is sponsored by the Shiloff Family Foundation.