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Schedule of Programs




































Introduction: Icons and Symbols of the Borderland (Click here for Facebook event)

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5:30 p.m. MST, March 11,
Broadcast from Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park, NM


Icons and Symbols of the Borderland is a powerful, yet nuanced story of regional identity. Author and curator Diana Molina features artists and scholars whose work highlights the people, places, culture, and politics of the region. These creative forces will join to discuss and consider the role art plays in the humanistic experience within this trans-national terrain.  

Based on a traveling exhibit showing at the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center from May to September and Molina’s companion book, “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the US-Mexico Crossroads,” we begin a series of programs to include studio visits, music, poetry and film. Guests include artists Cesar Martinez, Richard Armendariz, historian Anthony Mora, Ph.D., and music by Frontera Bugalu. Book preview by David DeWitt. 



XX Pura Mujer, Portoyals of Womanhood (Click here for Facebook event)

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11:00 a.m. MST, March 25    
Broadcast from the Rio Grande’s Mesilla Valley


A diverse mix of stories, images, artwork, and film speak to the portrayal of borderland women and the Mestiza experience as artists discuss their inspirations, personal journeys and use of symbolism behind their depictions. The program includes a viewing and discussion of the short film “La Catrina” by New Mexico’s award-winning filmmaker Ilana Lapid. Artists include: Davinia Miraval, Delilah Montoya, Celia Álvarez Muñoz, and Gina Gwen Palacios. 


















Comida y Bebida and the Roots of Southwestern Cuisine (Click here for Facebook event)

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5:30 p.m. MST, May 5,
Broadcast from the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center


In conjunction with the exhibition opening and celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Martha Cotera will share the historic connection to the Frontera followed by artistic representations that showcase borderland foodways, the culinary arts and traditions linked to region’s landscape.  The program includes an enticing presentation by author and chef Adam Medrano on the Native American roots of the Southewestern cuisine; a demonstration by Master Gardener Chris Grijalva-Garcia for recipes using the prickly pear cactus; and studio visits with artists Victoria Suescum, Oscar Moya, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and Alejandro Macias.











Viva Chihuahua! Sustainability in a Desert Landscape (Click here for Facebook event)

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4:00 p.m., MST July 1,
Broadcast from the Art and Ecology Laboratory, La Union


The Chihuahuan Desert straddles the border to cover more than 200,000 square miles of terrain across 8 states and is the most biologically diverse desert in the world as measured by the variety of species and endemic plants. Its relevance and impact to the culture and traditions of its human inhabitants is intertwined with their survival in this distinct landscape. Our program guests include wildlife activist, Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center; Mike Gaglio, Biologist and founder of High Desert Native Plants; and artists Oscar Moya, Romy Hawkins, and Richard Armendariz.

Picture Your Garden (Click here for Facebook event)

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5:30 p.m. MST, July 22,
Broadcast from the Crossroads Art and Ecology Laboratory, La Union, NM


Moderated by artist and curator, Diana Molina, garden immersion features the ecology of the Chihuahuan Desert with conversation-oriented solutions guided by Michael Gaglio, founder of El Paso’s High Desert Native Plants nursery; Master Gardener Cris Grijalva-Garcia and culinary artist Marisa Cedillo make prickly pear jam; and artist studio visits include Cesar Martinez, Tina Fuentes, and Irene Oliver-Lewis. 




Borderland Unlocked: Panel Discussion and Film Screening (Click here for Facebook event)

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2:00 p.m. MST, Aug. 26

View the Borderland Saga through the lens of those who embody the Frontera experience in words and image.

The program features border activist and author, Dr. Kathleen Stoudt, Ph.D.; gallery talks with Miguel Valenzuela, Mark Clark, Ángel Cabrales, Roberto Salas, Jacob Muñoz, César Martínez; and a short film “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence” by David DeWitt and Diana Molina.


  • For more information call: the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center at 575-887-0276

  • All programs are subject to change with updates provided

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