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William de Leftwich Dodge (American, 1867–1935) The Madonna of the Oleanders, c. 1933 Oil on canvas El Paso Museum of Art, Gift of Leftwich D. Kimbrough

Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights Exhibit Opens at Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to view the latest exhibition Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights, which opens September 8.

“This broad and fundamental theme allows the museum to combine historical and contemporary works from different cultures in novel ways. Visitors will find hidden treasures from the EPMA permanent collection, as well as appreciate and understand favorite works in a completely new context,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

The exhibit takes expansive views of the garden theme with works selected exclusively from EPMA’s collection of more than 7,000 pieces of European, American, Mexican, and contemporary art.

Ranging from an Early Italian Renaissance Madonna and Child in EPMA’s Kress Collection to the museum’s latest video acquisition, the 2016 work Be Fruitful by Russian-American artist Asya Reznikov, the exhibition covers a variety of overlapping themes— garden views from various stylistic approaches; the garden as a site for leisure and life; flora in focus, including monumental contemporary pieces; and the diverse symbolism of the garden.

The free exhibit will remain open to public until January 7.

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