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EPMA Hosts New Exhibit – Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition that celebrates the early art and artists of El Paso; Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home.

The exhibit centers on El Paso as a historic point of passage in the greater West Texas region and as home to prominent West Texas artists such as José Cisneros, Manuel Acosta, and Tom Lea. It features the work of more than 20 El Paso artists from the EPMA’s unrivaled permanent collection of West Texas art.

Early West Texas celebrates not only EPMA’s wide-ranging collection of West Texas art, but also the rich legacy of El Paso art, providing an in-depth view of what life was like throughout the mid-twentieth century by the artists who lived, studied, and exhibited here,” said El Paso Museum of Art exhibition curator Kevin Burns.

Through paintings, prints, and drawings, the exhibition examines the iconic West Texas landscape, with its expansive desert and purple mountains, as well as everyday life in the region as influenced by El Paso’s location on the border.

On view are rarely exhibited prints featuring El Paso’s now defunct ASARCO smoke stacks, portraits of those who have passed through and made El Paso home, as well as mural proposals for El Paso’s historic Federal Courthouse mural, Pass of the North.

The exhibit includes preserved flora and fauna from UTEP’s Biodiversity collection and Centennial Museum that provides a scientific perspective on the landscape so often depicted by West Texas artists.

The exhibit is free and will be on view through November 4.

Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home is sponsored by Travis and Annabelle Johnson, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

City Museums Host Summer Camps

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting summer camps at three of its museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

“We want to encourage our young people to access and use our museums, and our summer camps are fun ways they can explore archaeology, history or art,” said Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome. “By providing opportunities like this, we can create a life-long love of our museums and help the youth in our community develop and explore their interests.”

Officials added, “each camp offers age appropriate curriculum that is both fun and educational. The camps are a great opportunity to let young El Pasoans discover what the museums have to offer.”

Activities include learning about the tools and science used by archaeologists, exploring El Paso’s history, and creating masterpieces using different artistic mediums.

The El Paso Museum of Art summer classes start June 26. The El Paso Museum of Archaeology will host two sessions the week of June 19 and July 24. The El Paso Museum of History will host camps starting the week of July 10 through the week of August 7.

Summer camp prices vary by location and activity, and members at the respective museums will receive discounted tuition.

Participants in camps and classes at the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art are also eligible to sign up for Sun Metro’s Kids on the Go program that provides free bus rides to area youth participating in cultural, educational or recreational activities during the summer.

More information on the Summer Camps is available on the events page of the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department website.

El Paso Museum of Art’s Renovated Kress Galleries Reopen

After nearly three months, the newly renovated Kress European Collection Galleries at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) are now open to the museum-going public.

Museum officials say, “This is the first major reinstallation since the museum opened its doors nearly 20 years ago in its current downtown location…all three galleries, measuring more than 3,200 square feet, underwent significant renovations.”

The galleries will display the gifts from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, alongside works from the EPMA’s permanent collection according to thematic groupings, allowing visitors to trace the evolution of iconic subjects like the Madonna and Child, the saints, and portraits and landscapes.

According to the museum’s website, the core of their European holdings is the Kress Collection, a group of fifty-seven tempera and oil paintings and two marble sculptures. The Kress Collection includes a thirteenth-century Byzantine Madonna, several outstanding Baroque pictures, and significant paintings of the 18th century.

The gift of this collection laid the foundation for the establishment of EPMA.

The project was made possible through funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the EPMA Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the City of El Paso.

EPMA Hosting Author, Illustrator of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

The El Paso Museum of Art will be hosting author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña as they discuss their work on Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide from Getty Publications.

The book is “an evocative and poetic graphic biography about renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and her adventures around the world.”

Quintero and Peña will talk about collaborating, making comics and the process of bringing Graciela’s story to the page. Quintero will be reading and Peña will showcase original drawings from the process of creating Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. There will be refreshments and a book signing after the presentation.

 

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide follows photographer Graciela Iturbide from her birth in 1942 in Mexico City, to a tragedy endured as a young mother, to her travels as a successful artist to Juchitán, Los Angeles, Frida Kahlo’s home, and many more locations. Graciela’s story excites young readers and budding photographers, inspiring them by her resolve, ability, and curiosity.

Photographic has received much acclaim and a starred review in the School Library Journal.

Isabel Quintero lives and writes in the Inland Empire of Southern California, where she was born and raised. She received her BA in English and MA in English composition from California State University, San Bernardino.

Her first novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, was one of School Library Journal’s and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, and won the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award prize for a debut young-adult novel. In 2017 her second book, Ugly Cat & Pablo was published by Scholastic.

Zeke Peña is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a painter. He was born in southern New Mexico and grew up on the US–Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. He received a degree in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Peña ‘s illustrations have appeared on album and book covers, in editorials and comics, and as graphics for community organizing.

He has published work with Getty Publications, VICE.com, The Believer Magazine, The Nib, Cinco Puntos Press and a forthcoming children’s book written by Isabel Quintero published by Kokila, a Penguin Books imprint.

EVENT INFO  Thursday April 5, 2018 – 6pm – 7:30pm @ El Paso Museum of Art

Publication Information: Photographic – The Life of Graciela Iturbide  |  Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

  1. Paul Getty Museum

96 pages, 7 x 9 inches
24 duotone and 96 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-94744-000-5, hardcover
US $19.95, UK £15.00

US Publication Date:  March 6, 2018

UK Publication Date:  March 8, 2018

El Paso Museum of Art to Hold Celebration of Life for Artist John Houser on Wednesday

The XII Travelers board and the El Paso Museum of Art will host a public Celebration of Life for El Paso artist and sculptor John Houser.

Houser is the creator of the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest, a project that was inspired by an illustration in a book by fellow El Paso artist Tom Lea. The project was started in 1988 as a way to bring tourism and promote economic development.

The 12 memorials depict a diverse group of figures from the region’s history. Three of these memorials, Fray Garcia de San Francisco, the Equestrian and Susan Magoffin were completed during his lifetime. A fourth sculpture of Benito Juarez is in process and will be completed by Mr. Houser’s son Ethan.

For more information, visit the XII Travelers website.

Who:              The XII Travelers Board and the El Paso Museum of Art

What:             Celebration of Life for John Houser

When:            Wednesday, March 21, 12 p.m.

Where:           1 Arts Festival Plaza   

El Paso Museum of Art Selected as Finalist for National Honor

The City is pleased to announce the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

“Being one of 29 finalists is a testament to the high-quality exhibitions and programming EPMA offers to El Paso and the surrounding region,” said Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome. “This distinction is a credit to the professionalism and commitment EPMA staff shows to consistently providing an excellent experience for everyone who walks through our doors.”

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities and is awarded each year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Since its founding in 1959, the museum has been a major cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on American, European, and Mexican artwork including the second largest collection of Retablos in the world.

The EPMA provides opportunities to local and regional artists to show their work through programs like the Transborder Biennial.

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

“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.

For the past 24 years, the award has celebrated 182 institutions that demonstrated extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service. The EPMA was nominated for the National Medal by U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke.

“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. According to their website, their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

Institute of Museum and Library Services’ grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov .

Museum of Art to Open New Exhibition: The Empire of Texas

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to The Empire of Texas exhibition that opens March 2 at the museum and features the most recent photographic series of El Paso native Richard Baron.

The Empire of Texas series began in 2016 when Baron, now a resident of Houston, began traveling Texas in search of subjects both iconic and unfamiliar. The artist’s imagery ranges from the Alamo in San Antonio and the Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, to stacked mufflers at a shop in Victoria and a Texas-shaped waffle from a motel restaurant in Corpus Christi.

Each image follows a landscape format, follows the artisit’s commitment to street photography, and are exclusively in black and white.

“Baron’s Empire series provides a photojournalistic account through Texas, while his various viewpoints capture familiar monuments in novel, sometimes surreal ways, and uncover typically hidden sites,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable.

From 1979 to 19872, Baron devoted himself to street photography in New York, regularly publishing in The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News. The Empire of Texas represents the most recent example of Baron’s penchant for working in discrete thematic series.

Baron will have a presentation about his work and career at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the El Paso Energy Auditorium of the EPMA, which is open to the public. A reception with the artist will follow the talk.

The Empire of Texas exhibition is free and remains on view to the public through June 24 at the El Paso Museum of Art. For additional information, visit EPMA’s website.

Museum of Art Renovating Kress European Collection Galleries

On Tuesday, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is temporarily closed the Kress European Collection Galleries section of the museum to renovate and redesign the area.

This is the first major reinstallation since the museum opened its doors nearly 20 years ago in its current downtown location. All three galleries, measuring more than 3,200 square feet, will undergo significant renovations before presenting the works in new thematic installations.

The section of the museum that includes European art will be closed temporarily; however, the museum will remain open to the public.

“The EPMA is one of only 18 Kress Regional Galleries nationwide to receive a ‘core collection’ of European masterworks. Since the unveiling in 1961, our collection continues to draw praise for its incomparable quality. The unprecedented opportunity to reinstall the collection according to its thematic strengths will provide visitors a fresh perspective on one of the Southwest’s most significant collections of European art,” said El Paso Museum of Art director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

The newly installed galleries will display the extraordinary Kress gift alongside works from the EPMA’s permanent collection according to theme and chronology, allowing visitors to trace the evolution of iconic subjects like the Madonna and Child, portrait, and landscape.

Originally gifted by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1961, EPMA’s Kress Collection encompasses 59 Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, and French works that span more than five centuries from a thirteenth-century Madonna and Child painted on a gold wood panel to eighteenth-century Italian pastel portraits.

Renovation and redesign will be complete in May. The project is made possible through funding from the 2012 Quality of Life Bond, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the EPMA Foundation.

EPMA to Host Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin

For the first time in Texas, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents the Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin exhibit that will be on view from February 16 through June 17.

“In many ways, Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art is at home in El Paso. It features artists who embrace a multicultural heritage and artistically reinvigorate, critique, and transform traditions familiar to us along the US-Mexico border,” said exhibition curator Kevin Burns.

The exhibition features 65 works from the esteemed private collection of actor, comedian, and philanthropist Cheech Marin. It explores Chicano identity from the Chicano Revolution to the present day.

As a collector, Marin is dedicated to bringing Chicano art to the forefront of the American art scene.

Using pastels, watercolors, acrylic and spray paint, each of the artists explore universal themes of identity, political and social revolution and the experience of living between and within many cultures.

The exhibition includes large-scale works by seminal Chicano artists like Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, Glugio “Gronk” Nicandro, and Benito Huerta and prominently features Chicana artists such as Diane Gamboa, Sonia Romero, and Sonia Fe. Also included in Marin’s collection are works by local artist and teacher Gaspar Enriquez, whose large-scale installation, Color Harmony en la Esquina, has found its home in EPMA’s Grand Lobby since 2013.

Papel Chicano Dos will be supplemented by various community and educational programs that are free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, March 3: Papel Chicano Celebration, Noon to 4 p.m. Art-making activities, food trucks, a display of classic low-rider cars, and live music and vinyl sessions by Mother of Pearl Vinyl.
  • Saturday, March 31: Baikas!, 12 – 4 p.m., join local Chicano artist and muralist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado for a guided bicycle tour of El Segundo Barrio’s murals. The tour begins and ends at EPMA; bring a bicycle and water. RSVP for the mural tour at EPMArsvp@elpasotexas.gov or 915-212-3068

‘Ethics, Excess, Extinction’ Exhibition Opens Friday at El Paso Museum of Art

A new exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) explores the reality of endangered animals via contemporary art.

The exhibition Ethics, Excess, Extinction, explores ways humans affect the animal world through themes ranging from poaching to pollution to consumerism, opens Friday, January 26.

“Notably, while Ethics approaches a sensitive issue, together the artworks in the exhibition weave a visually compelling tapestry encouraging us to rethink and engage with the problem in new ways,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable.

EPMA officials add, “At a time when science teaches us more than ever about the interconnectedness of the global environment, these artists remind residents of our intimate connections with animals, as well as our complicity in their suffering.”

The international array of artists includes several Americans such as Kiki Smith, Chris Jordan, and Esther Traugot, who variously used poetry, pathos, and sometimes the grotesque to evoke the plight of threatened species.

The EPMA will enrich the Ethics, Excess, Extinction exhibition through several educational programs and available merchandise in the museum store. The store will offer a book featuring the work of major artist Kiki Smith, earth-friendly solar lights by Solight Designs, and postcards.

On February 1, the EPMA will host an Educator Evening inviting teachers to enhance their curriculum through workshops and tours of the exhibition.

The EPMA’s special Family Day on April 14 will spotlight art by animals from the El Paso Zoo, created in conjunction with the Zoo’s Animal Enrichment Program.

Ethics, Excess, Extinction was organized by Art Works for Change and curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through May.

City Invites Residents to Spend Holidays at the Museums

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department invites everyone to spend the holiday season visiting one of the City’s three museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum Archaeology.

All three museums will be open regular hours through the winter holidays with free family-friendly exhibitions.  In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, all three museums will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1.

  • The El Paso Museum of Archaeology offers archery or atl-atl demonstrations on Saturday mornings. The trails around the museum are open for family-friendly hikes.

 

  • The El Paso Museum of History is hosting two free preservation workshops as part of the new exhibition, What We Brought. This exhibition explores what people brought with them when they relocated to El Paso. Visitors can learn how to preserve their family heirlooms during the special workshops. Visitors are encouraged to bring an item to preserve. The workshops are at 2 p.m. December 27 and at 5 p.m. December 28.

 

  • The El Paso Museum of Art has several free, ongoing exhibitions as well as drop-in activities during open studio hours from noon to 2 p.m. December 26 through 29. Each of the workshops are designed for visitors 4 years and older and features an art making activity tied to the museum’s current exhibitions.

Build It Family Workshop, Tuesday, December 26, build homes and buildings with LEGO bricks inspired by the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior.

Print It Family Workshop, Wednesday, December 27, discover the exhibition Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights and create a watercolor monoprint using leaves and flower petals.

Make It Family Workshop, Thursday, December 28, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work was inspired by nature. See the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior and create your own stained glass window cling.

Paint It Family Workshop, Friday, December 20, make a watercolor masterpiece inspired by works from the exhibition, Tom Lea Watercolors and Washes

El Paso Museum of Art Receives Re-Accreditation from American Alliance of Museums

The City of El Paso announced Tuesday that the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) had received re-accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

“Accreditation is the highest mark of distinction in the museum field and demonstrates our commitment to best professional practices among the top three percent of museums nationally,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Director Tracey Jerome.

The EPMA was first accredited in 1972 and is the only accredited museum in a 200-mile radius. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, approximately 1,065 are accredited and of the 209 institutions in Texas, approximately 50 are accredited.

“Re-accreditation is a significant achievement,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “It shows the high standards of the EPMA in providing the community with a first class art museum that everyone can be proud of and enjoy.”

The EPMA provides opportunities to local and regional artists to show their work through a variety of programs. In addition, through special programming and the Museum School, the EPMA works to provide hands on art experiences to visitors of different ages and abilities.

“This re-accreditation shows that the EPMA is exemplary in all that it does and delivers on the City’s mission to provide a high quality of life for residents and visitors,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

Since its founding in 1959, the Museum has been a major cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The Museum’s permanent collection focuses on American, European and Mexican artwork, including the second largest collection of Retablos in the world.

“We are honored to have such longstanding recognition from AAM, a prestigious national organization. Accreditation is a testament of the quality of EPMA’s work with our collection, exhibitions, and educational programming and is a reflection of the professionalism and expertise of staff,” said EPMA Director Victoria Ramirez.

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.

Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community.

 

Mexican Consulate, EP Museum of Art Team Up for Day of the Dead Celebration

The Consulate General of Mexico and the El Paso Art Museum invite residents to the traditional Day of the Dead celebration in which family and friends gather to honor and remember their deceased loved ones.

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a national celebration and it takes place on November 2nd. This Day of the Dead celebration will take place at the El Paso Museum of Art (One Arts Festival Plaza) on Thursday, November 2nd starting at 6:00 PM. Admission is free.

As part of the celebration, there will be an altar dedicated to the people who died during Mexico’s Earthquakes.

The piece includes contemporary influences in the plastic arts by Luis Colomo, who created a space to honor the people who died from the earthquakes in Mexico, without leaving aside the traditions of “El Altar de Muertos”.

The artist, El Paso-native Luis Colomo,  graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art with concentration in painting and graphic design. Colomo has had numerous exhibitions and public venues including Chalk The Block, where he has created nine chalk murals since 2008.

As part of the activities of this Mexican celebration, there will be a presentation of the “Las Catrinas” quartet recital, which will be followed by a tasting of the traditional pan de muertos and hot cocoa.

El Paso Museum of Art’s New Exhibit Features Wright’s Architecture of the Interior

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, exhibition that opens on October 13 at the museum.

The exhibit explores the design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses, often considered his greatest architectural accomplishment. Through design drawings, photographs, furniture, and textiles, the exhibition illustrates the various ways Wright created the visual character of interior space and objects within it.

11 John Nesbitt Sijistan Remodel of Charles Ennis House, Dining Area

Frank Lloyd Wright used the term “organic” when referring to his designs to express his belief that structure, furnishings, and ornament should function as one.

Displayed furniture, including barrel and origami chairs, tables, and floor and table lamps, demonstrates the role of smaller objects in creating an organic and holistic design while design drawings and photographs reveal the ingenious ways he maximized the feeling of open space.

The works in Architecture of the Interior exemplify Wright’s organic aesthetic and visual language of abstraction and geometry.

Complementing the exhibition will be various educational and public programs, including a lecture on Wright’s creative vision and legacy by Taliesin West CEO and President, Stuart Graff on Thursday, October 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

The lecture will take place in EPMA’s El Paso Energy Auditorium.

A special preview reception exclusively for EPMA members will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 12. The reception will feature a vinyl DJ set by Atomic Wax, wine, and light bites.

To become an EPMA member, please contact Museum membership at (915) 212-3068 or send an email to EPMAMember@elpasotexas.gov

The exhibition is free and open to the public through February 11, 2018.

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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