Learn about Prohibition at Branigan Cultural Center

Prohibition in AmericaDuring the era of Prohibition, from 1920 until 1933, Americans could not manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. Spirited: Prohibition in America will be on exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center through August 12. This exhibit explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in this battle against the bottle.

Organized by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, Spirited: Prohibition in America explores the era of Prohibition, when America went “dry.” Visitors will learn about the complex issues that led America to adopt Prohibition through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 until its repeal through the 21st Amendment in 1933. Through the exhibition, visitors will learn about the amendment process, the changing role of liquor in American culture, Prohibition’s impact on the roaring ‘20s, and the role of women, and how current liquor laws vary from state to state.

The exhibition draws on the histories told from both sides of this divisive issue that riled passions and created volatile situations. After a decade of widespread corruption, wavering public opinion, and the need to generate revenue from an alcohol tax, the 18th Amendment was the first to ever be repealed. With the passing of the 21st Amendment, Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933 to a very different America. Today, Prohibition’s legacy can be traced through state laws regulating alcohol, created to avoid the excesses before Prohibition and the corruption and lawlessness experienced during the roaring ‘20s.

Water on the Border at Branigan Cultural Center
Water on the Border by the Border Artists will be on exhibit through September 16. The Border Artists bring awareness to lack of water and the importance of the Rio Grande through art. Works represent the diversity of interpretation of water and bring political and geographical awareness to our community while inspiring dialogue about the importance of sustainability in our region.

The New Romantic
The New Romantic — Visions of the 21st Century Landscape is on exhibit at the Las Cruces Museum of Art through July 15. Ceramic and installation artist Sharbani Das Gupta and painter Scott Greene examine the impact of industrial activity on climate and the environment in this cooperative art installation.

Admission is free to the City of Las Cruces Museums. The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street and the Museum of Art is just across the courtyard. The museums are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the summer months (June – August) the museums will be open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call 541-2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, contact the museum 48 hours prior to event.