UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

MAIN CONTEMPORARY GALLERY:

Sorry for the Mess
Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez 
On view: January 21 – April 3, 2021
Virtual Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 PM
Read full press release here. 

The University Art Museum (UAM) is proud to present Sorry for the Mess an exhibition featuring work by artists Ramiro Gomez and Justin Favela; this exhibition will run from January 21 through April 3, 2020. The exhibition, originating at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) focuses on labor, childhood memories, and life as first generation Americans in the Southwest. The highly successful Las Vegas based exhibition is being presented at the UAM, as it engages with unseen labor and narratives of the artist’s hometowns; as well as the commonality of these themes that affect and shape our local Las Cruces and regional community. Much of the exhibition will be brought directly from Las Vegas on loan, but will also include an interactive site specific piece created by Justin Favela specifically for our iteration of the exhibition.

Be part of the exhibition by taking part in a live virtual plant making workshop with artist Justin Favela on December 3, 2020. Read more here. 

BUNNY CONLON MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY:

PASOS AJENOS: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands 
On view: January 21 – April 3, 2021
Virtual Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 PM
Read full press release here. 

New Mexico State University’s Art Museum announces a timely exhibit focused on social justice issues impacting the Las Cruces and El Paso Borderlands region. “Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands” will be on display at the University Art Museum from January 21, 2021 through April 3, 2021 in the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery. This exhibit is motivated by current social crises and responds to the call for a deeper understanding of local history and complex relationships based on race, nationality, gender, and intersecting social statuses.
 

MARGIE AND BOBBY RANKIN RETABLO GALLERY: 

Saint Joseph & The Laborers:
On view: January 21 – August 21, 2021
Virtual Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 PM

The University Art Museum (UAM) is excited to present Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the second exhibition in the newly created Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery at the UAM. In Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the role of the laborer will be looked at through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery. Through acts of labor, humans fulfill the command found in Genesis to care for the earth, and the direction to be productive in their labors. Saint Joseph (San José), the foster-father of Jesus, was a carpenter in Nazareth, serving as a key example of the holiness of human labor. Before Spain had accepted Saint Joseph as a devotional saint, Mexico had already been the “chosen land of Saint Joseph” for several decades, his image disseminated in the common art of retablo painting. Saints such as the Archangels: Saint Michael and Saint Raphael (San Miguel y San Rafael), Saint Isidore (San Isidro), and Saint Vincent Ferrer (San Vicente Ferrer) are other key patrons of laborers in the Mexican Catholic faith, their imagery widespread across Mexican retablos displayed in this exhibition. In this exhibition, the UAM will display for the first time a Mexican bulto (statue), as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the UAM Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords.

More information regarding upcoming 2020-2021 exhibitions coming soon.