Museum of Art opens exhibit ‘The New Romantic’ May 6

Eye of the BeholderJoin artists Sharbani Das Gupta and Scott Greene for a discussion of their exhibition, The New Romantic: Views of the 20th Century Landscape at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in the Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St.

Both artists’ work mirrors their concern for the often-destructive human impact on the environment. Greene’s oil paintings, crafted in a style reminiscent of Romantic-era paintings, depict landscapes littered with the detritus of human consumption, alluding to the death throes of nature caused by the industrial era. Das Gupta’s multi-media installations reflect upon humanity’s assaults on the natural world while hinting at the possibility of regeneration.

Art Tales
The Las Cruces Museum of Art offers Art Tales at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. On the program for May 9 is a reading of “Andy Warhol’s Colors” by Susan Goldman Rubin and a squishy art activity.

Reading Art Book Club
The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book “Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing” by Laura Snyder on Wednesday, May 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.

Through this book, readers are transported to the wonder-age of seventeenth-century Holland, as new discoveries in optics were shaping the two great geniuses of Delft, Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek, and changing the course of art and science forever.

To jump start the discussion, the Museum of Art will show “Lenses on Leeuwenhoek and David Hockney: Secret Knowledge” at 1:30 p.m.

Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Attend even if you haven’t read the book. For more information or for details on book selections, contact Stephanie Abdon at 541-2217 or e-mail museums_education@las-cruces.org.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces museums is free. The museums are located downtown and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org.

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