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New Mexico State University events for September

VISITING WRITERS SERIES OPENS WITH JON BILLMAN


ico State University will begin the La Sociedad para las Artes' Fall 2004 Visiting Writers Series with a reading by fiction writer Jon Billman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in the NMSU Art Gallery.

For more information call the English Department at (505) 646-3931.

ART A LA CARTE SHOWS 'ART:21' SERIES

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will show the second season of "Art:21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century" during its lunchtime program Art a la Carte in September.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Part One of the series will be featured. Part Two will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Contemporary art breaks out of the confines of museums and galleries in the second season of "Art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century." Shattering the myth of the artist as an isolated genius, the series introduces audiences to 16 artists working in America today. "Art:21" focuses exclusively on contemporary art and provides an experience of the visual arts that goes beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their processes as they transform inspiration into art and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions.

Both presentations will begin at noon in the University Art Gallery in Williams Hall, near the intersection of Solano Drive and University Avenue. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. For more information call the gallery at (505) 646-4010.

NMSU MUSIC CENTER TO HOST FOUR PERFORMANCES

New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall will host four performances during September.

A faculty recital by Martha Rowe, piano, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. A guest artist recital by Patricia Calcedo, voice, will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

The Keyboard Series will present Trefor Smith, piano, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, and the Associated Students of NMSU's Cultural Series will present Rajeev Taranath at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

For more information call the music department at (505) 646-2421.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO OPEN TWO EXHIBITS

The New Mexico State University Museum will open two new exhibits on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Both exhibits will run through Dec. 15.

"Nuevo Mexico Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland" is a collection of black-and-white photographs by award-winning photographer Miguel Gandert.

The exhibit provides a broad historic and folkloric context for the sacred and secular rituals, performances, dances and pilgrimages celebrated by the Indo-Hispano community, some dating back to New Mexico's Colonial period of 1598-1821. The photos illustrate the cultural and spiritual history of the Indian and Hispano communities from the San Luis Valley of Colorado to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Gandert, a native of New Mexico, has been photographing social rituals for more than 20 years. His work has been widely shown throughout the United States and Europe.

This exhibit was organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico and circulated under the auspices of TREX, the Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico, with additional support from the MetLife Foundation.

"The Parallel World of Morris Muskett" features the traditionally inspired weavings of self-taught Navajo weaver Morris Muskett. All of the weavings are done on traditional vertical Navajo looms in a weaving style that is contemporary and classical Navajo, yet highly innovative in color and design.

Muskett, who received his degree in civil engineering from NMSU, will also exhibit photographs documenting his contributions to building award-winning bridges on Interstate-40 as an engineer with the N.M. Department of Transportation's Bridge Design Section.

For more information call the University Museum at (505) 646-3739.

BMX STUNT TEAM EXHIBITION TO BE AT NMSU

New Mexico State University's Union Program Council (UPC) will host a BMX Stunt Team Exhibition, with the team performing three 30-minute shows, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, behind the NMSU Activity Center.

For more information call UPC at (505) 646-3235.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM STARTS FALL SATURDAY FAMILY WORKSHOPS

The New Mexico State University Museum invites families to spend Saturday afternoons at the museum to participate in arts and crafts activities and view current exhibits.

Children and their families can make "silly headbands" on Sept. 18 and "puffball pals" on Sept. 25. The workshops, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., are free and no sign-up is necessary. All supplies are provided.

Located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive, the museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call (505) 646-5161 or (505) 646-3739.