Museum Exhibits

Art Rocks El Paso, Las Artistas Youth Art Exhibit

May 13, 2022 - May 28, 2022

Students from high schools across the region will be showcasing their artwork for a chance to win for awards and prizes including gift cards from the Art Center. The first-place winner and their high school art class will also have an opportunity to exhibit and sell their art at the annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft show taking place in the fall.

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Youth Art Poster Exhibition: Security NexGens’ “Violence: Breaking the Cycle & Healing Project”

May 11, 2022 - May 29, 2022

As a part of Security NexGens Violence: Breaking the Cycle & Healing Project 21 Unique Art Posters, and stories have been created by youth in the Juvenile Prevention Department. These posters have gone through a judged panel, and will be exhibited at the International Museum of Art. Through GYSD 2022, we would like to shine some light on the community and speak out against violence. The youth will express themselves through their art and speaking out against violence. Security NextGen is a non-profit 501c3 organization that educates and brings awareness of crime and violence prevention by allowing youth to form juvenile programs.

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Contemporary Ceramics: Mata Ortiz

February 17, 2022 - June 5, 2022

Spearheaded by Juan Quezada, the revival of traditional Casas Grandes and Paquimé pottery has now become the unique Mata Ortiz style. Characterized by intricate and elegant abstract and zoomorphic designs, the artisanship of Mata Ortiz designs is a testimony of the perseverance of an entire town.

Contemporary Ceramics: Mata Ortiz invites audiences to experience the development of this distinctive style which combines tradition with modern innovation. With over 40 potters represented, the exhibition highlights the gracious donation of Barry and Maria King to the museum of early examples of Mata Ortiz ceramics and recent works on loan courtesy of Flor de Barro Gallery.

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Rebeca Méndez: El Norte

January 20, 2022 - June 19, 2022

This exhibition is a unique and intimate experience with the video El Norte by Rebeca Méndez.

A critique on the colonization of the Arctic, the work depicts the artist’s own conquest to stake a claim on the North Pole during a snowstorm. Her struggle compares reality with idealized views of the migration experience.

An immigrant herself, Méndez highlights seasonal migrations and patterns with a nod to ecological issues affecting the anthropocene.

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Mexico: Crisis and Uprising

October 23, 2021 - June 25, 2022

Mexico: Crisis and Uprising is an art exhibition designed to teach us to recognize each other despite the walls. It is an artistic bridge that unites two societies in need of authentic voices. Now is the time to speak to ourselves with honest narratives. This is an exhibition for everyone who is in need of a space of empathetic communication; it is a space where art makes an effort to recover the dignity of the peoples of both nations. 

This exhibit features the work of 32 artists from the Asociación Plástica de Monterrey, Asociación de la Plástica de Garza Garcia, and independent artists in Monterrey, Nuevo León MX.

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Water Ways

March 5, 2022 - June 25, 2022

As part of the Museum on Main Street program, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens has chaperoned the Smithsonian Institution’s travel exhibit, Water/Ways around the state of Texas. Starting at the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, Texas in May of 2021, this exhibit has travelled to Cuero, Brownsville, and Odessa, Texas and will end its journey in El Paso on March 5th. Telling the story of water and its influence on American society, the Smithsonian exhibit tackles both the science of H2O and the role water plays in people’s lives.

In conjunction with this traveling exhibit, the Centennial Museum has created a companion exhibit that tells the story of water in the Borderlands.

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Dolores Huerta: Revolution In The Fields / Revolución En Los Campos

March 31, 2022 - June 26, 2022

1st Floor, Gallery B Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos shares the compelling story of legendary activist and leader Dolores Huerta (b.1930) and the farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. It is a quintessentially American tale of struggle and sacrifice, of courage and victory. The exhibition, which features bilingual text (English-Spanish), explores Huerta’s public life as an activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and what led her to become a Latina civil rights icon. In her life as a communicator, organizer, lobbyist, and contract negotiator, teacher, mother, her unparalleled leadership skills helped dramatically improve the lives of farm workers.

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Dignified Life

March 21, 2022 - June 30, 2022

Dignified Life Photovoice Exhibit is a presentation of over 70 photos and stories created by transgender migrant women in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. In May 2021, 24 trans migrant women were recruited by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ, for its Spanish acronym) to be part of a study using the Photovoice methodology. Photovoice is a Participatory Action Research approach that allows participants to share their perspectives through narrative and photography.

This exhibit documents their aspirations, challenges, and opportunities on topics such as resilience, mental health, migration, COVID-19 pandemic, discrimination, solidarity, and self-identifying as trans.

Our goal is to amplify their voices challenging the normative culture by highlighting their aspirations for a dignified life of opportunities free of violence. Additionally, participants created a call to action to raise awareness on policy change. This study was sponsored by the Research Program on Migration and Health (PIMSA, for its Spanish acronym).

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Black Survival Guide, Or How To Live Through A Police Riot

April 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022

In 2018, the Delaware Art Museum commissioned artist Hank Willis Thomas to respond to the powerful and community-changing public response that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. Combining historic newspaper photographs with the historic pamphlet Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot, Thomas created a powerfully unique physical and visual viewing experience. The resulting work of art sheds light on the past in the context of today.

Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot is organized by

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.

Support Provided by Art Bridges

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Resilience: Remembering August 3rd

April 8, 2021 - August 3, 2024

On August 3, 2019, a mass shooting at the Wal-Mart #2201 in East Central El Paso shook the city of El Paso, Texas. That day, El Paso and the region lost twenty-two people while many were physically injured and suffered medical trauma. The subsequent year, after a long battle in the hospital, the 23rd victim succumbed to his wounds. In the days and weeks to follow, the grief stricken city banded together to remember the people who lost their lives from this brutal attack. The residents of El Paso as well as people from around the world demonstrated their empathy through their skills by creating murals, memorials, songs and fundraisers to uplift the community, and help the victims’ families. The outpouring of support took shape through a massive block long memorial at the site of the tragedy. Here, El Pasoans and visitors gathered to pay their respects and share their prayers and condolences.

This exhibition aims to highlight the El Paso community’s strength, endurance and love in the face of adversity. Resilience is this community’s hallmark, as it collectively heals and stands strong in love in the face of racism and hate.

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Luces y Sombras: Images of Mexico | Works from the Bank Of America Collection

April 7, 2022 - August 14, 2022

Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery Capturing modern Mexico’s culture, architecture, and people through photographs. Luces y Sombras presents over one-hundred works dating from the 1920s to the present day. Portraits of artists such as Frida Kahlo—by acclaimed photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo—and photographs of indigenous cultures by Manuel Carrillo and Graciela Iturbide are presented alongside contemporary photographs exploring the body, identity, and place.

This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program.

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El Paso's Homegrown: World War II

November 20, 2021 - August 28, 2022

This exhibition focuses on a thematic overview that covers one of El Paso’s most historic neighborhoods through its focus on The People: You Are My Neighbor, Religion: Jewish Settlement and Catholic Community, Politics: City Building, Political Refuge and Migration, Architecture: All the Revivals and Prairie and Educational Significance: Public and Private during the early decades of the settlement.

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