BERNALILLO — A traveling exhibit coming to the 2½-year-old Bernalillo Community Museum shares a “New Mexican perspective on the long history of environmental and human impact of border construction and consolidation in Las Cruces,” according to a news release from the museum.
“Pasos Ajenos” is open and free to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except national holidays, March 12 through June 25.
“This exhibit is creative, thoughtful and interactive, similar to the kind of work Bernalillo’s new museum has undertaken,” said museum Director Emily Stovel. “Each event sparks new conversations, collects local insight and helps plan future collaboration. This new exhibit is an amazing conversation-starter!”
Co-creators Dulcinea Lara and Nicholas Natividad — both faculty in New Mexico State University’s Borderlands and Ethnic Studies Program — and Daniel Aguilera, exhibit designer and artist, have built bilingual exhibit components that speak to long-term experiences of the borderlands and New Mexico as a whole.
Eleven educational installations, designed for a wide audience, focus on regional issues of social justice, inequality as it pertains to identity, environment, history, immigration, law and faith. They’re designed to promote understanding with interactive, collaborate features, according to the release.
“The New Mexico State University’s Borderlands and Ethnic Studies program uplifts the often-untold narratives of the Borderlands and the people who have lived and thrived in this region for centuries, as well as the social and climate justice issues impacting these communities,” said Chamiza Pacheco de Alas, director of New Mexico Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “The thoughtful curation of this art and cultural exhibit speaks to the importance of shaping discourse and re-humanizing narratives of race, nationality, gender and environment in the Borderlands.”
To find out more, visit pasosajenos.org or call the museum at 505-771-5885.
The municipal Bernalillo Community Museum, at 118 Calle Malinche, opened in July 2019. It has activities for visitors of all ages at the facility a block and a half north of The Range Café, behind Town Hall, and charges no admission fee.
“We serve families from 500-year-old Hispanic villages and sovereign Pueblo communities located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe,” according to the release. “Museum exhibits capture large themes of community relevance, change regularly and provide a platform for local conversations on policy-relevant issues.”
The exhibit “Museums and You” is also at the museum.