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Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit opens Friday at EPMA

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland that’s on view from April 19 to August 7 in the Dede Rogers Gallery of the museum.

The exhibition features paintings, illustrations, books, and materials created more than 60 years by Mexican painter and illustrator Antonio Castro. Born in 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico, Castro has lived and worked for most of his life in the El Paso/Juarez borderland.

The exhibit explores his figurative paintings characterized by religious and mythological imagery, as well as autobiographical elements and personal symbols.

“This exhibition celebrates the unique perspective of an artist who has been a member of the community for more than sixty years. Through paintings and illustrations, it offers a view of the landscape and people informed by more than half a century of history,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Kate Green.

The exhibition includes materials related to Castro’s process and some of the many illustrations made for El Paso’s longtime department store The Popular, where he began working in the 1970s. By the 1980s, Castro began illustrating books published both nationally and regionally.

Ten children’s books illustrated by Castro and published by Cinco Puntos Press that focus on the region will also be on view. Castro’s illustrations reflect his skill with composition, line, and hue and together, suggest his ability as a draftsman and his vision of life and culture in El Paso and Juarez.

In addition, an exclusive lunch with Antonio Castro and graphic designer Antonio Castro Jr., Associate Professor from The University of Texas at El Paso, will be open to members starting at noon on April 20. At 1 p.m., members and the public can then join the EPMA in a free Art Talk with the artist and Castro Jr.

For more information on the Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit, the museum’s website.

El Paso Museum of Art Retablos Collection Now on Exhibit

On Thursday, officials with the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invited members of the public to enjoy the exhibit Joy and Suffering: EPMA’s Collection of Mexican Retablos currently on view through May 5 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery.

“The exhibition showcases EPMA’s stellar collection, the second-largest collection of retablos in the United States. What is most compelling about the works is its significance to El Paso, Juarez, and the surrounding regions, particularly in regard to this region as an international point of passage with a multicultural community,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

Curated from the museum’s permanent collection of donations by the Hamilton, McKnight, and Roderick families, visitors will appreciate the new installation of the museum’s retablos collection.

Retablos, or small devotional paintings on tin and copper, will be complimented with the display of ex-votos, works commissioned to commemorate miracles, as well as bultos, or carved wooden sculptures.

Created in the 19th and 20th centuries, retablos were used at major pilgrimage sites in Mexico as well as homes and churches. Rural inhabitants of Mexico looked to untrained artists who utilized readily available materials like tin and copper to create modest but distinctive works.

The exhibit examines 50 retablos including images of the Virgin Mary in her many folk and formal manifestations, from the well-known Virgin de Guadalupe to the lesser-known Our Lady of Solitude.

In addition, on April 6, the museum will host an afternoon of lively art talks and curator-led tours illuminating the exhibit and the related and renowned collection of Spanish Colonial Art. Art Talks by Dr. Jorge Rivas Perez, Denver Art Museum Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, and Dr. Elizabeth Zarur, Assistant Professor of Art History, New Mexico State University, will be followed by tours of museum galleries and a reception.

“When considered together, EPMA’s retablos offer a framework for understanding the joys and sufferings in 19th and 20th century Mexico and demonstrates the continued desire, despite a lack of means, for personal devotion imagery,” says EPMA Assistant Curator Kevin Burns.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Rogers Family and in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

The events are free and open to the public. To register and for more information, visit the El Paso Museum of Art at website.

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.

EPMA Features New Exhibit – Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) will debut a new exhibition, Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, this week.

“Speed explores the melding of Eastern and Western traditions, the use of mixed media, the tension between mathematical precision composition and imagined narrative,” said El Paso Museum of Art Education and Curatorial Associate Kevin Burns.

Three-channel video and sound installations, an artist-designed catalogue and an interview with Julie Speed at EPMA’s Art Talk will also compliment engagement during the exhibition.

“The exhibition highlights Julie Speed’s inexhaustible imagination, her consummate technique and her devotion to both. Julie’s work masterfully represents the best of Texas art today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

The exhibit will run from November 15 to April 7, 2019, in the Dede Rogers Gallery.

The free exhibition features works by artist Julie Speed in her most comprehensive museum exhibition to date. The title is rooted in fantasy and refers as much to Speed’s own world and artistic process in Texas, where she has been making art for decades, as it does to the world in which her painted characters live.

The exhibition will feature nearly fifty works of art in oil, gouache and collage, many created within the past years and others previously unseen.

Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon is supplemented with the following programming:

  • Member’s Preview: November 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Art Talk: Museum of Art, November 15, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with exhibition artists Julie Speed
  • Family Day, March 23, 2019. Discover the exhibition through guided tours and explore collage and painting in EPMA’s fully equipped studio classrooms inspired by Julie Speed’s works.

Support for this exhibition is provided by AT&T, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Museum

5th Transborder Biennial Underway at El Paso, Juarez Museums of Art

Officials with the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) invite the public to the 5th Transborder Biennial exhibition that will be presented simultaneously at the EPMA and the MACJ starting June 1 through September 16.

“The Transborder Biennial has a venerable 10-year history. Located in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes, the 5th Transborder Biennial provides us with an opportunity to consider the barriers that divide us and how, despite differences, we remain connected,” said El Paso Museum of Art Curator Kate Green.

The exhibit features artwork in various media – installations, interactive works, videos, photographs, sculptures by 32 artists and collectives practicing along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, from Brownsville to Tijuana.

The biennial received entries from more than 200 artists practicing within 200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The exhibit prompts reflection on life in the border region, including issues of crossing, immigration, and physical, linguistic, and cultural hybridity.

The event marks a decade of collaboration between the two institutions on an exhibition in one of the world’s densest metro areas.

Highlights include a wall-mounted piece involving archival immigration photographs by Andrea Blancas Beltran, an interactive border “target” activity by Angel Cabrales, a site-specific textile sarape piece by Adrian Esparza, a film featuring border bicyclist by Daryl Meador and Andres Cardena, flyers for border objects by Ester Partegàs, and surreal drawings of life in the region by Zeke Peña.

In addition, borderplex artists Lxs Dos developed the 5th Transborder Biennial’s graphics—including a border biennial map—and worked with El Paso-based designer Junes to produce a limited edition tote bag, available at the EPMA’s store.

The biennial concludes by looking ahead with a transborder convening in El Paso and Juárez of artists, curators, and civic leaders imagining the future of the biennial on September 7 and 8.

The 5th Transborder Biennial exhibition is free and open to the public in both El Paso and Juarez. Support for the exhibition is provided by S-Mart, the Rogers Family, BBVA Compass, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

The EPMA staged its first major exhibition on art and artists of the U.S.-Mexico border region in 2007, and the following year began collaborating with the MACJ on a biennial program. The program received recognition from the Border Research Partnership in 2011, for US-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation.

Over the program’s 10 years, jurors have considered more than 4,000 artworks. Since 2007, more than 1,000 U.S.-Mexico border artists have submitted artwork for the biennial. Over its 10 years, the Transborder Biennial program has featured artwork by various generations of artists with borderplex roots including Gaspar Enriquez, Angel Cabrales and Adrian Esparza.

El Paso Museum of Art Honored With 2018 National Medal

The City of El Paso officials announced Tuesday that the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Services presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“This recognition demonstrates the significance investing in quality of life and quality of place has on our community. Spaces like the El Paso Museum of Art play a crucial role in providing arts and cultural opportunities to our residents as well as our visitors from across the region and around the country,” said City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

“EPMA’s location on the border provides us an opportunity to create a multicultural dialogue using our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions as a starting point. This focus has encouraged us as museum professionals to look at new ways to engage our audiences through programming and educational opportunities,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez. “This has helped us become a place where diverse groups can come together through art to respect other perspectives and find a common ground.”

Via a news release, EPMA Officials added, “The El Paso Museum of Art uses services, programs, and art exhibits celebrate the diversity and cultural pride of the city. Through domestic and international outreach, EPMA builds community cohesion in both the United States and Mexico, demonstrating that cultural understanding and celebration are paramount for change and growth.

Since its founding in 1959, the Museum has been a cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The Museum’s permanent collection of American, European and Mexican work includes the second largest collection of Mexican retablos in the world.

Through special programming and the Art School, EPMA provides hands on art experiences to visitors of different ages and abilities. It is the only American Alliance of Museums accredited art museum within a 200-mile radius and welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors each year. General admission, school tours, and nearly all of its high-quality educational programming is free.

Selected from 29 national finalists, the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service.

Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.

“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 24 years, the award has celebrated 182 institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

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