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El Pueblo History Museum to open contemporary Indigenous art exhibit
PUEBLO, Colo. (September 5, 2018) – El Pueblo History Museum will open a contemporary Indigenous art exhibit, Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras, with a community celebration on Thursday, September 20, at 5 pm, in the Community Gallery. The exhibit is a collaboration with the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras is an artistic conversation with El Pueblo History Museum’s acclaimed history exhibit Borderlands of Southern Colorado. Artists from New Mexico, California, Arizona and beyond will be displaying artwork in a variety of mediums, which explores the concept of Borderlands and what homelands are today.
“This exhibit is in many ways a dream come true for the museum. We are excited to bring artists in to expand our understanding of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado,” said Dawn DiPrince, Director of El Pueblo History Museum. “We started the exhibit process with the help of scholars, and now we are engaging artists who live in this shared geography to also express what it means to be from this part of the world.”
Nearly two dozen Borderlands artists share their part of a dialogue within a land of shared heritage and history. Curated by Leland Chapin of the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area, the exhibit showcases diverse art media to expand on the words of philosopher Gloria Anzaldúa, “To survive the Borderlands/you must live sin fronteras/be a crossroads.”
Participating artists include Cara Romero, Jodie Herrera, Erin Currier, Olivia Romo, Roxanne Swentzell, Diego Romero, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Jason Garcia, Leland Chapin, Jason Jaacks, Thomas Vigil, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Dr. Chip Thomas/Jetsonorama, Zeke Peña, Jeff Slim, Adria Malcolm, Arlene Ladell Hayes, Vicente Telles, and Miles MacGregor/El Mac.
Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras is available without museum admission until February 28, 2019. The opening celebration is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a performance by resident artists Pueblo Oyate Singers.
El Pueblo History Museum, located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo, marks the site of the international border between Mexico and the United States prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors (65+). Borderlands of Southern Colorado is included with museum admission. Other current exhibits includeChildren of Ludlow and the Museum of Memory.
El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city's history and the region's many cultural and ethnic groups. The property includes a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, and the archeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post. El Pueblo History Museum is a Community Museum of History Colorado. For more information, visit www.ElPuebloHistoryMuseum.org.