Braceros - Melding History and Art
a traveling educational art exhibit
Deming Arts Center, 100 S. Gold Ave., Deming NM - January 6-30, 2018
Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., Las Cruces, NM - June through October 2018
Sculpture, painting and performance art will come together to tell a story that is an often-forgotten part of New Mexico history. “Braceros – Melding History and Art” will open in downtown Deming on Saturday, January 6.
The exhibit was the inspiration of sculptor Diana LeMarbe of Deming. About two years ago she learned of the Braceros program from friend and mentor Velva Hurt. In 1942 as thousands of American men left to fight in World War II the program was developed by the U.S. government to provide labor for farms, dairies and railroads. Lasting until 1964, this program provided millions of Mexican workers with employment and thousands of farmers with a way to address the massive labor shortage.
Local history buff Raymond Cobos will begin the narrative at 1p.m. on Saturday, January 6 at the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum at 301 S Silver Ave with a description of the Braceros program and its local impact. A team of actors portraying Braceros and telling their personal accounts will guide visitors as they make their way from the Museum to the Deming Arts Center at 100 South Gold Avenue for the visual segment of the exhibit. At the Center sculptural works by LeMarbe will be accompanied by paintings by Las Cruces artist Jeri Desrochers and sculptures by Richard Boutwell.
The exhibit will run through January at the Deming Art Center then travel to the Branigan Cultural Center in June.