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NMSU Art Museum Spring 2021 exhibits postponed until June 2021

The New Mexico State University Art Museum postponed their three Spring 2021 exhibits “Sorry for the Mess,” “Pasos Ajenos,” and “Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” until June 2021.


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The NMSU Art Museum’s Spring 2021 exhibits “Sorry for the Mess,” “Pasos Ajenos,” and “Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” have been postponed until June 2021. (Courtesy Photo)

“While this reschedule was not planned, the postponement of these exhibitions to July 2021 affords the museum time to further integrate the community into the individual shows through programing and workshops we will conduct over the next six months,” said Marisa Sage, director of the museum.

“With the new collaborations we are forming with 516 Arts a contemporary art museum in Albuquerque and other regional institutions, this postponement also gives us time to strengthen our partnerships in this region, broadening the reach of this exhibition across New Mexico and beyond.”

“Sorry for the Mess” featuring work by artists Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez, originated at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Those who participated in Favela’s live virtual plant making workshop and made plants for the exhibit will still be featured when the exhibit opens in June. The exhibit will focus on labor, childhood memories and life as first-generation Americans in the Southwest.

In the Contemporary Gallery, “Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands,” created by Dulcinea Lara, director of the Borderlands and Ethnic Studies program and fellow criminal justice associate professor Nicholas Natividad, will explore social justice issues impacting the Las Cruces and El Paso Borderlands region.

“Pasos Ajenos” aims to examine regional issues of justice and inequality as they pertain to identity, labor, environment, history, immigration, law and faith. The exhibit designer is local artist Daniel Aguilera. Aguilera is an exhibits fabricator at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

The third exhibition, “Saint Joseph & The Laborers” will take place in the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery. The exhibit delves into the role of the laborer through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery.

As part of this display, the UAM will also present for the first time a Mexican statue, or bulto, as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the NMSU Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords. This gallery will be curated by Courtney Uldrich, an NMSU master of arts candidate, as part of the course ART 597.

For the most update to date information, please visit https://uam.nmsu.edu/ or the Art Museum Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/nmsuartmuseum/. For questions, email artmuseum@nmsu.edu.