The Red That Colored the World
Through August 20, 2017 
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery

Molleno, St. James, New Mexico, ca. 1805-1845
Water-based pigments on hide
Museum of International Folk Art, Gift of the Historical Society of New Mexico
Courtesy Museum of International Folk Art
Photograph by Addison Doty

The color red is one of the most seductive, powerful, and emotional colors to exist. For centuries artists and merchants searched for a color source to rival the best reds of nature. This quest ended in the Aztec marketplaces of 16th- century Mexico with the discovery of the American cochineal bug. 

The Red That Colored the World explores the use of cochineal throughout history from Mexico and South America, to Europe, the U.S. and beyond.  Through textiles, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts, clothing and other objects, the exhibition examines cochineal’s origin and export to Europe where artists relied on the deep, rich red derived from the bug.  Worldwide, the color impacted trade in Asia and was revered by artists of the Spanish Colonial Empire and American Southwest ultimately creating weavings, blankets, and even contemporary fashions.   

This exhibition features stunning objects and demonstrates the science behind the color and how it is obtained.  The accompanying catalogue will be available in the Museum Store.  

This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM with funding in part provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is circulating through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.  

An American Animator, Don Bluth
 Through September 17, 2017
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery

Thumbelina, 1994
Cel setup with signature, Sequence 70, Scene 38
Acrylic on acetate, color photocopy on paper
Courtesy of the Don Bluth Collection of Animation
Jen Library Archives and Special Collections
The Savannah College of Art and Design

EPMA is delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the El Paso Community Foundation on the Plaza Classic Film Festival with an exhibition by animator Don Bluth.  An El Paso native, Bluth grew up watching Disney classics, and later became one of their master animators, known for films such as The Rescuers and Winnie the Pooh. Adapting to the transition from analog to digital technology, Bluth formed Don Bluth Productions. The exhibition highlights Bluth’s range in style and animation technique and will present animation drawings, concept art, backgrounds, storyboards, and digital animations from All Dogs Go to HeavenThumbelina, and Anastasia amongst others.  Nearly forty works will be on view, on loan from the Don Bluth Collection of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Exhibition Sponsors:
El Paso Community Foundation
Mithoff Burton Partners
Museums and Cultural Affairs Department


El Paso Energy Auditorium
Free Admission

Saturday, August 5
1:00 PM: Rock-a-Doodle, 1991 (75 minutes)
3:00 PM: Thumbelina, 1994 (86 minutes)

Sunday, August 6
2:00 PM: A Troll in Central Park, 1994 (76 minutes)

Saturday, August 12
1:00 PM: The Pebble and the Penguin, 1995 (74 minutes)
3:00 PM: Anastasia, 1997 (94 minutes)

Sunday, August 13
2:00 PM: Titan A.E., 2000 (94 minutes)

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings
Through October 8, 2017
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery

Helen Hardin (1943-1984)
Changing Woman, #1/65, 1980
Copper plate etching
On loan from Helen Hardin #1’s LLC – a Nevada Corporation

Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was a significant Native American artist during her lifetime and created avenues for other Native women to break from traditionalism. Although she was influenced early on by the painting of her mother, Pablita Velarde, Hardin wished to break free and create her own style, which became a melding of Native American motifs with modernist geometric abstraction.  Spirit Lines presents the entire set of twenty-three copper-plate etchings that she produced in the early 1980s. This series features the first impression from each etching edition, prints that have previously rarely been seen or traveled.  

Hardin was born to an Anglo father and Santa Clara Pueblo mother. She studied the art and design of her Native American heritage and was fascinated by the geometric images created by prehistoric peoples. This exhibition exemplifies Hardin’s artistic abilities to absorb yet transcend traditional designs and create an individual style of relevant, modern works, which for her were spiritual expressions looking back both to her Roman catholic upbringing and her Native background.

In order to contextualize Hardin’s work and the inspiration she found in the art of her Native American heritage, the exhibition will include several loans of pottery and other objects from the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.