Museum Exhibits

The Archangels Michael and Raphael

May 1, 2017 - July 9, 2017

El Paso Museum of Art

This particular exhibition focuses on the archangels with the highest popularity in 19th-century Mexican retablo art, Michael and Raphael. Their popularity rose from the merging of Pre-Columbian messenger deities with Catholic figures to ease the shift to a new religion. Saint Michael is considered to be the prince and captain general of Heaven’s angels. According to Christian teaching he was the one to combat Satan, the one to call men into their heavenly judgment and to lead the faithful to heaven after their death, and the champion of all Christians and the Church. Saint Michael’s depiction in retablos was inspired by the description of him leading his angels into battle against a dragon found in the Book of Revelation (12:7–9). He is portrayed as a young and beautiful winged entity often wearing armor consisting of mail and a helmet. He is shown either holding scales or a flaming sword, or sometimes both, while he subdues a demon under his feet. On the other hand Saint Raphael is depicted as a pilgrim or a guardian angel to allude to his description throughout the Book of Tobit. He appears holding a traveler’s staff, a gourd, and the fish that was used to heal Tobias’s father’s blindness, and sometimes he is shown wearing armor. He is depicted as a beautiful young man wearing a diadem with a cross in the middle and a red feather, but can sometimes have a boyish appearance. The exhibition does include a retablo that shows St. Raphael with Tobias (2007.6.2), a very rare occurrence in the depiction of the archangel.

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2017 Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition

May 5, 2017 - July 28, 2017

Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts

The Rubin Center is proud to present the Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition, showcasing works of art and design created by undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Art during the 2015 – 2016 academic year. All media taught in the department is represented, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, metals and graphic design.

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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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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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El Paso A to Z

May 16, 2017 - December 24, 2017

El Paso Museum of History

El Paso A to Z encompasses all the letters in both the English and Spanish alphabet. Objects and images used thought this exhibit can have multiple homes and will often not make sense at first. Artifacts such as a dance costume loaned to us by Mrs. Rosa Guerrero, a taxidermied 'bear,' the Amigo Man sign from the 1950'. As well as never seen before objects like the, Mexican Revolution Movie Poster that is newly remounted and framed.

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