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New Mexico State University events, Sept. 10-19

LA SOCIEDAD READING BEGINS FALL SERIES


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 Hardman Hall Room 106.

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

NMSU MUSIC CENTER TO HOST PERFORMANCE

New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall will host a faculty recital by Martha Rowe, piano, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. For more information call (505) 646-2421.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO OPEN TWO EXHIBITS

The New Mexico State University Museum will open two new exhibits on Sept. 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 Parallel World of Morris Muskett" features the traditionally inspired weavings of self-taught Navajo weaver Morris Muskett. Both exhibits will run through Dec. 15.

The Gandert 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. 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 weavings done on traditional vertical Navajo looms in a style that is contemporary and classical Navajo, yet highly innovative for 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 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" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. The workshop is free and no sign-up is necessary. All supplies are provided.

The museum is located in Kent Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. For more information call (505) 646-5161 or (505) 646-3739.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY SHOWING EXHIBIT

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery is featuring two artists through Oct. 9.

The works are "The Churches of New Mexico" and "The Flowers in the Window," monoprints by H. Joe Waldrum and "Emergence," an installation by Matthew Sommerville.

In the 1970s, Waldrum began taking Polaroid SX-70 monoprints of New Mexico's churches to use as studies for future paintings. The monoprints of flowers were produced after Waldrum experimented with studies of flowers and color in his New York studio.

Sommerville's video and sound installation attempts to address the process of coming to consciousness in both its literal and metaphorical forms -- light -- by exploring a possible state of existence before language and thought.

For more information call the gallery at (505) 646-2545.