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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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Museum of Art Announces Summer Public Programs

Earlier this week, the El Paso Museum of Art announced their Summer public programs and two exhibitions set to start in June.

EXHIBITIONS

The Red That Colored the World: May 12 to August 20

For centuries, artists searched for a color source to rival the best reds of nature. This quest ended in 16th– century Mexico with the discovery of the cochineal bug. The exhibit explores the use of cochineal throughout history and places including Mexico, South America, Europe, and the U.S. Through textiles, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts, clothing and other objects, the exhibition examines cochineal’s origin and export to Europe.

The color impacted trade in Asia and was revered by artists of the Spanish Colonial Empire and American Southwest, ultimately creating weavings, blankets, and even contemporary fashions. The exhibition features stunning objects and demonstrates the science behind the color and how it is obtained.

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings: June 9 to October 8

Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was a significant Native American artist during her lifetime and created avenues for other Native women to break from traditionalism. Spirit Lines presents the entire set of copper-plate etchings that Hardin produced in the early 1980s. This series features the first impression from each etching edition, prints that have rarely been seen or traveled.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Family Day: Red All Over: June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate red! Did you know that one of the most important shades of red was made from a crushed beetle? Adults and children explore the exhibition The Red That Colored the World then enjoy art-making and demonstrations. Activities designed for children ages four and older.

Art En Vivo Print Celebration: June 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of screen-printing in action during Art en Vivo, with Proper Printshop. Join the print-making party to celebrate Proper’s generous donation of Art En Vivo Inaugural Series of prints to the El Paso Museum of Art, with light refreshments and music. See the portfolio by local artists from El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez.

The Museum of Art is free to the public. All programs are free and open to the public, unless noted. For more information, including exhibits and hours of operation call (915) 212-0300 or visit www.elpasoartmuseum.org.

El Paso Museum of Art Announces New Exhibit: The Red That Colored the World

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to view its new exhibit, The Red That Colored the World, which opens to the public on Friday, May 12.

The exhibition combines historical and contemporary works from different cultures to examine the power of RED—more particularly, the red pigment produced from the cochineal bug, a parasite of the prickly pear cactus.

The exhibition illustrates how the rainbow of reds produced by the cochineal had a worldwide economic significance for the Spaniards that only diminished with the invention of artificial dyes.

The Red That Colored the World is comprised of 51 artworks including textiles, paintings, sculptures, and furnishings from the Americas, Europe, and Asia ranging in time and culture from a loin cloth made in Pre-Columbian Peru to a silk gown created in 2014 by the contemporary Navajo fashion designer Orlando Dugi.

Programs and events will be offered for adults and children throughout the exhibition. The free exhibit will be on display from May 12 to August 20.

For more information, visit the El Paso Museum of Art or call (915) 212-0300.

Orlando Dugi, evening gown (from the Red Collection), Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2014. Hand-dyed silk duchesse satin, silk organza, and silk thread; cut glass and sterling silver beads, French coil, Swarovski crystals, vintage beads and crystals; lining of duchesse satin and tulle Collection of the artist. Photograph by Blair Clark.
Orlando Dugi, evening gown (from the Red Collection), Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2014.
Hand-dyed silk duchesse satin, silk organza, and silk thread; cut glass and sterling silver beads, French coil, Swarovski crystals, vintage beads and crystals; lining of duchesse satin and tulle
Collection of the artist. Photograph by Blair Clark.
San Agustin, Melchior Perez de Holguin (?), Potosi, Peru, late 17th century. Oil on canvas. New Mexico History Museum 2005.27.31
San Agustin, Melchior Perez de Holguin (?), Potosi, Peru, late 17th century.
Oil on canvas.
New Mexico History Museum 2005.27.31

El Paso Museum of Art Celebrates Spring with Family Day

The El Paso Museum of Art invites the public to celebrate Family Day with family-oriented activities and performance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the museum.

“Family days are a fun way for children and adults to enjoy the museum and discover the world of art. The activities and performances will invite families to make art, dance, listen to music, and, perhaps, discover a new favorite work of art in the museum’s galleries. These events are casual and designed especially for families with something to do for everyone,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

Scheduled events: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local artist Candie Printz will lead a drop-in art-making workshop where children and adults will create their own sculptures using recycled and other found objects. Inspired by the sculpture Krag that is now on view at the museum, the artist Guillermo Gutierrez uses found objects that he gathered from an El Paso dumpsite as his art materials.

2 p.m.

Interactive performance with New World Drummers. Offered in celebration of the Museum’s special exhibition of African-American art, the vibrant group out of Las Cruces combines music, dancing and the spoken word, inspired by the African and Caribbean worlds.

A gallery activity sheet will also be available to explore the exhibition, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper.

The exhibition features one of the largest and most renowned collections of art by African American artists in the world. The exhibition includes drawings, watercolors, and prints by the most significant African-American artists.

For more information on Spring Family Day, call the El Paso Museum of Art at (915) 212-0300 or visitwww.ElPasoArtMuseum.org

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