This reception and lecture are part of the weeklong celebration of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s 20th Anniversary. The Museum’s new lobby showpiece is the Luis Jiménez sculpture, "Sodbuster, San Isidro." The unveiling and reception will include drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Following the early portion of the reception, Christian Waguespack, the Curator of 20th Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, will speak in the Theater about the late artist and his work, including this dramatic, fiberglass sculpture.
Jiménez, who died in 2006 at his studio in Hondo, N.M., was born in El Paso in 1940. He was best known for his large-scale, brightly colored sculptures steeped in the Mexican-American culture of New Mexico and Texas. Jiménez used fiberglass and spray paint in much of his work. Jiménez’s works were considered controversial by the art world yet respected in Hispanic communities for his ability to poignantly represent a different perspective and narrative of the history and culture of Mexico and the Southwest.
His works are in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the El Paso Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others.
Admission is free to the reception and lecture.