MakeShift exhibit opens at Branigan Cultural Center

MakeShift, opening December 1, at the Branigan Cultural Center, is an exhibition put together by partner and artist duo Ramon and Christian Cardenas, who together form the artist collaborative, Lxs Dos.

MakeShift was developed by Lxs Dos out of a need to create and express themselves using materials and resource available to the them. The exhibit includes figurative works with characters modeled after the people they know: street vendors, musicians, artists, journalists, and more. The work is ethnographic in nature, describing the socio-cultural relations of the United States/Mexico border region and its people.

Trotando Pasos Ajenos continues at the Branigan Cultural Center (BCC), 501 N. Main St., through January 6. The exhibit focuses on social justice with 11 interactive educational installments designed to appeal to a wide audience that focus on regional issues of justice inequality as they pertain to identity, environment, history, immigration, law, and faith. It also provides the opportunity for an interactive experience that promotes awareness and comprehension of these issues.

Understanding these issues helps arrive at ways to lessen inequalities and their consequences — especially in the borderlands. The public is invited to explore a series of regional social justice topics, create a dialogue, and approach these topics with a new understanding.

The exhibit was created by Dulcinea Lara, Ph.D., and Nicholas Natividad, Ph.D., professors at NMSU’s department of criminal justice who focus on issues of social justice in crime and law. The exhibit was designed by artist and filmmaker Daniel Aguilera, whose documentary, “Fruits of Labor,” will be screened as part of the programming for the exhibit at 2 p.m. December 5, at the BCC.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at or call 541-2154.

The Las Cruces Railroad museum hosts special activities during the month of December for the whole family to enjoy. Choose an activity that fits your family, and enjoy it in the historic museum. 

Holiday trains and decorations will be on display throughout the month of December. The trees make wonderful backdrops for your family holiday pictures. 

Coloring Club for Adults will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on December 8 and December 22. This is a chance to enjoy socializing with other adults while expressing yourself creatively. Bring your own supplies or use our coloring pages and colored pencils. 

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, visit museums. or call 647-4480.

All city museums will be closed Saturday — Tuesday, December 23 – 26.