Three exhibits open at Branigan Cultural Center

Three new exhibits will be open from Friday, November 4, through January 21 at the Branigan Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. during the Downtown First Friday Ramble. The reception and admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free.

An Enduring Tradition: 20th Century Navajo Weaving will explore the traditional roots of contemporary Navajo weaving and discuss materials used and the influences on styles and designs The featured textiles, on loan from the University Museum of NMSU, demonstrate both the individuality and adherence to tradition of Navajo weavers.

Howard Clinton Tibbitts: Historic Advertising Photography of the Southwest consists of prints taken by Tibbitts in the early 1900s. Included in this collection are photos of New Mexico’s pueblos, scenes of the Santa Fe Railroad, Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest, and other little-known and rarelyseen locales. The exhibit will be split between the Branigan Cultural Center and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum. The Railroad Museum will hold an opening reception for this exhibit on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the museums downtown.

In Service to Country: Military Equipment 1860 to Present features various military uniforms, equipment, photographs, and personal items dating from the Civil War era to present day. The collection is on loan from local veteran Kevin Dasing. A selection of local veteran’s stories will also be included in the exhibit.

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 museums.las-cruces.org or call 541-2154.

Still life painting class
The Museum of Art is offering a two-session course for the community, Still Life: Painting Everything From Life, November 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. This course, led by artist Tiago Finato, develops an understanding of color, color intensity, and value by exploring various methods of painting that form the framework of learning to interpret objects as they are seen. The still life serves as the subject for the creation of pictorial space and form. Students will acquire the fundamental perceptual, technical, and critical skills necessary to work artistically and begin to develop an understanding of the media.

Finato moved to the United States from Brazil to continue exploring the art world and established himself in Massachusetts, where he graduated with a BFA in painting. He resides in Las Cruces, where he spends most of his time painting, teaching, and studying for his MFA. Finato uses oil painting as a fundamental basis for visual language and his work investigates the process of art making as a metaphor for his own personal identity as an artist. With the use of portraiture, still life and landscapes, he creates works that reflect on who he is as an individual. His work is featured in galleries in New England and New Mexico.

Cost per participant is $20 and registration is required. Visit the museum or call 541-2217 for details.

Admission to the Museum of Art is free. The museums are located on the downtown mall and 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.

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

For information about other City of Las Cruces museum exhibits and events, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org. The city operates the Museum of Art, Branigan Cultural Center, Museum of Nature and Science, and Railroad Museum.