Museum Exhibits

The Red That Colored the World

May 16, 2017 - August 20, 2017

El Paso Museum of Art

The Red That Colored the World explores the use of cochineal throughout history from Mexico and South America, to Europe, the U.S. and beyond. Through textiles, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts, clothing and other objects, the exhibition examines cochineal’s origin and export to Europe where artists relied on the deep, rich red derived from the bug. Worldwide, 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.

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Photowalk El Paso 2016

February 23, 2017 - August 31, 2017

Chamizal National Memorial Park

This exhibit shares the results of over 170 local photographers from around the area who participated in the 9th annual “Worldwide Photowalk Global Edition” event that took place in El Paso last year. The exhibit and reception are is being co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte. The

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An American Animator, Don Bluth

July 19, 2017 - September 17, 2017

El Paso Museum of Art

EPMA is delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the El Paso Community Foundation on the Plaza Classic Film Festival with an exhibition by animator Don Bluth. An El Paso native, Bluth grew up watching Disney classics, and later became one of their master animators, known for films such as The Rescuers and Winnie the Pooh. Adapting to the transition from analog to digital technology, Bluth formed Don Bluth Productions. The exhibition highlights Bluth’s range in style and animation technique and will present animation drawings, concept art, backgrounds, storyboards, and digital animations from All Dogs Go to Heaven, Thumbelina, and Anastasia amongst others. Nearly forty works will be on view, on loan from the Don Bluth Collection of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

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Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

July 19, 2017 - October 8, 2017

Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was a significant Native American artist during her lifetime and created avenues for other Native women to break from traditionalism. Although she was influenced early on by the painting of her mother, Pablita Velarde, Hardin wished to break free and create her own style, which became a melding of Native American motifs with modernist geometric abstraction. Spirit Lines presents the entire set of twenty-three copper-plate etchings that she produced in the early 1980s. This series features the first impression from each etching edition, prints that have previously rarely been seen or traveled.

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Rebirth After the Holocaust: The Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950

August 5, 2017 - November 5, 2017

his photo-documentary exhibit illuminates the inspiring and untold history of Holocaust survivors in the years immediately following their liberation from the Nazis. Bergen-Belsen, a wartime concentration camp, became the largest displaced persons camp in Germany, at a time when over 250,000 displaced, homeless Jewish survivors sought to recover from the destruction of their families and communities, regain their physical health, and gather the strength and hope to create new families and new homes in new lands. This powerful exhibit examines the trials and challenges that survivors faced in the ashes of tragedy and destruction. Their strength, determination, and hope enabled them to begin life again, to confront the daunting task of immigration, and to pass on the legacy of survival to the generations after them.

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Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World

August 10, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts

Suzi Davidoff has been intricately engaged in the West Texas landscape she calls home, creating drawings paintings and prints that reflect both soil and sky and often incorporating found materials including cochineal, clay, natural charcoal and lichen. Mapping has long been central to her understanding of nature. In this exhibition featuring new work, Davidoff presents a series of drawings on found maps and globes and with an accompanying hand-drawn animation, a new medium for this established artist. This group of works is a conversation about human-wrought changes in the ecosystem. It is an exploration of the contrast between the clarity and wonder of the natural world as the artist perceived it in elementary school science and geography classes and the present instability of specific natural forms, both seen and unseen, which may soon disappear. The project was inspired in part by the IUCN Red List of threatened species, an inventory of the conservation status of the world’s biological species.

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