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History Colorado Center opens “Without Borders: Arte Sín Fronteras”
DENVER, Colo. (April 19, 2019) – The History Colorado Center has opened a new art display featuring contemporary indigenous artists and their creative expression as a response to living without borders. The project is a collaboration with the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area that represents three counties in New Mexico. The exhibit opened on April 13 and will close on Sept. 2, 2019.
The History Colorado Center is a museum of History Colorado, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado. History Colorado strives to be a place of belonging for all Coloradans and to serve as a platform for community connection and diversity.
Without Borders: Arte Sín Fronterascomes to Denver after a successful run at El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Colo. Artists from New Mexico, California, Arizona and beyond are displaying artwork in a variety of media, exploring the concept of borderlands and what homelands are today.
“This project is in many ways a dream come true for the museum. We’re excited to bring artists in to expand our understanding of the borderlands of southern Colorado,” said Dawn DiPrince, History Colorado’s newly appointed chief operating officer and former director of El Pueblo History Museum. “Over the last several years we’ve worked with scholars to help inform the exhibits we’ve opened in Pueblo and Trinidad, and now we’re 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 sín fronteras/be a crossroads.”
Participating artists include Cara Romero, Jodie Herrera, Erin Currier, Olivia Romo, Roxanne Swentzell, Albert Zalma, Leah Prada Harrison, Rose B. Simpson, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Leland Chapin, Vicente Telles, Jason Jaacks, Thomas Vigil, Zeke Peña, Jeff Slim, Adria Malcolm, Arlene Ladell Hayes, Valerie Rangel, Frank Blazquez, and Miles MacGregor/El Mac.
Without Borders: Arte Sín Fronteras is included in the cost of a general admission ticket: $14 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $10 for students with ID, $8 children 5-15; children 4 and under free. For complete information, visit www.HistoryColorado.org.
About History Colorado
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.