Museum Exhibits

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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Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights

September 8, 2017 - January 7, 2018

El Paso Museum of Art

A ubiquitous subject in art, the garden can embody natural and manmade beauty, provide a vehicle for exploring lush color and broad brushwork, suggest poetic atmosphere and mystery, and symbolize concepts ranging from virginal chasteness to sensual abandonment. Taking an expansive view of the garden theme, Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights juxtaposes both historical and contemporary art and is composed entirely of works from the collection of the El Paso Museum of Art.

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Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School: First Steps

August 20, 2017 - February 18, 2018

El Paso Museum of History

Saint Patrick Cathedral and Cathedral High School have been a central part of the lives of many El Pasoans since their founding. The El Paso Museum of History details the contribution made by these two institutions in the eighth Circle of Giants exhibit.

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