FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2020
ALBUQUERQUE – The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is pleased to announce the installation of Bosque Gallery, a new outdoor exhibition space opening on October 23. The open-air gallery will consist of 31 panels measuring 48 inches by 60 inches each, mounted on 730 feet of fencing along the western border of the NHCC campus, facing the Paseo del Bosque Trail.
In celebration of the NHCC’s 20th anniversary, the first exhibition presented along the open-air Bosque Gallery will be “¡Mira! Nuestra Arquitectura: An Architectural Journey,” an architectural history of NHCC’s past, present, and future.
Exhibitions at Bosque Gallery will rotate among the key program areas of the NHCC – History and Literary Arts, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts – and will include topics that support the Center’s mission to preserve, promote, and advance Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Inspiration for Bosque Gallery comes from Las Rejas de Chapultepec in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City.
“The Bosque Gallery is a purposeful engagement initiative that goes beyond the temporary access limitation,” said NHCC Executive Director Josefa González Mariscal. “It comes from the intent of maximizing opportunities to interact with the local community. We want the NHCC to be present with those who haven’t even thought about connecting with us. It’s important for us to engage with the public where the public is.”
“¡Mira! Nuestra Arquitectura: An Architectural Journey,” presented by the History and Literary Arts program, chronicles the creation of the NHCC through text, sketch drawings, blueprints, maps, and photographs, exploring Hispanic/Latinx culture and heritage as expressed through the buildings and landscape found throughout the NHCC.
The exhibition addresses how the concept for the NHCC came to fruition, and shows the original designs for the Center’s campus, the subsequent redesign, as well as the challenges and triumphs in building this prominent institution, which opened on October 21, 2000.
The panels used for the new Bosque Gallery are made from Alu-Panel, a reusable thin polycarbonate metal substrate that can be peeled off and re-printed for each new project. The panels will be protected with an anti-graffiti coating.
The NHCC campus is located east of the Rio Grande just south of Avenida Dolores Huerta / Avenida Cesar Chavez. The Paseo del Bosque Trail is an area highly visited with cyclists, joggers, and walkers, making it an ideal setting for this new open-air exhibition space.
About the National Hispanic Cultural Center
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. The Center presents mission related events throughout the year, some produced by its history, literary, performing and visual arts programs, and others by partnering with external organizations. Events take place at its 20-plus-acre campus, which includes a plaza, an art museum, a historic designated building, a library, and genealogy center. The Center is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.