The Las Cruces Museums opens two new exhibitions that investigate how artists relate to the natural environment. “Connection : : Conjunto” opens at the Branigan Cultural Center and features artwork from The Border Artists in which they consider the connection between artists, the natural environment, and the community in which they live. At the Museum of Art, “The Desert Was Red and Red the Dust Was Raised” uses abstraction to consider the relationship between the desert landscape and how it influences an artist’s imagery. The exhibitions open on January 5 and run through March 23, 2024.
“Connection : : Conjunto” features 32 pieces of art from a range of local artists that use diverse mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, and mixed-media. The artists consider how place and space informs the visual language of their art. By examining the connections an artist has with the Borderland and how they negotiate and understand the U.S./Mexico border and the Southwest, the viewer considers how they may connect to this unique desert space.
“The Desert Was Red and Red the Dust Was Raised” features five female artists who live and work in Las Cruces and El Paso: Sharbani Das Gupta, Zoe Spiliotis, Isadora Stowe, Laura Turón, and Amy Vensel. The exhibition takes abstraction as its foundation, and the literal landscape as the thing that connects all five artists — either as a reference, as language, or simply location. This innovative exhibition looks at the ways in which the desert can be used as a language, and the rebelliousness of five female artists who fight for artistic success and recognition in the beautiful and complex landscape of the desert.
There is a joint opening reception on Friday, January 5, 2024, from 5 - 7 p.m. Participating artists from both exhibitions will attend the opening.
The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 N. Main St. and the Museum of Art is located at 491 N. Main St. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no admission charge. The museums are accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.lascruces.gov/museums or call (575)541-2154.