The Red That Colored the World
May 12 – August 20, 2017 
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery

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.  Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Joy and Suffering
May 20 – January 2, 2018
Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s vast collection of retablos, including a gift from Nancy Hamilton, this exhibition explores the themes of joy and suffering, both integral concepts of the Catholic faith. Also included the show will be small ex-votos, works commissioned to give thanks for miracles or healings. A principal subject of the exhibition is the crucified Christ, which evokes both his earthly suffering and his eventual resurrection and glorification. Joy and Suffering examines loss and grief within a religion that promises hope and redemption, and suggests that these two fundamental yet seemingly contradictory experiences may somehow be connected.

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings
June 9 – October 8, 2017
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery

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.

 An American Animator, Don Bluth
July 1 – September 7, 2017
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery

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 Heaven, Thumbelina, 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.

Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights
September 8, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery

A ubiquitous subject in art, the garden can embody natural and manmade beauty, provide a vehicle for exploring lush color and broad brushwork, suggest poetic atmosphere and mystery, and symbolize concepts ranging from virginal chasteness to sensual abandonment. Taking an expansive view of the garden theme, Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights juxtaposes both historical and contemporary art and is composed entirely of works from the collection of the El Paso Museum of Art. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
October 13, 2017 – February 11, 2018 
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery

Explore the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s interior spaces, furnishings, and household objects through house plans and photographs. House plans in the exhibition reveal the heart of Wright houses as a single, expansive space from which subordinate spaces extend outward in multiple directions, like spokes radiating outward from the hub of a wheel. Photographs of interiors and architectural and furniture design drawings show the ingenious ways Wright maximized the feeling of open space while accommodating the needs for daily living.  Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.