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New Mexico State University events, Sept. 17-26


ico 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.


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.

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.


The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will show Part Two of the second season of "Art:21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century" during its lunchtime program Art a la Carte at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Contemporary art breaks out of the confines of museums and art galleries in the second season of "Art:21." Shattering the myth of the artist as an isolated genius, the unique series introduces audiences to 16 artists working in America today. "Art:21" focuses on contemporary art and provides an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. 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.

The presentation will be 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.


New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall will host a guest artist recital by Patricia Caicedo, soprano, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

Caicedo, a Colombian native, will perform Latin American and Spanish art songs. She has performed since 1993 with Colombia's Tolima Symphony Orchestra and U.S. National Public Radio. She is an expert in the history and musical interpretation of the Latin American art song and has a research affiliation with the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain.

Caicedo will be accompanied by NMSU faculty member Martha Rowe, piano. The recital is sponsored by the NMSU student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and by the Choral Association of Southern New Mexico.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door. For advance tickets call (505) 646-1993 or (505) 646-2067.


The New Mexico State University Museum will host a signing for a newly published book by Mary Daniels Taylor on the history of Mesilla from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

The book, "A Place as Wild as the West Ever Was: Mesilla, New Mexico 1848-1872," chronicles the community with a focus on the common and routine rhythms of daily life, a current movement among historians. Taylor, wife of state Rep. J. Paul Taylor, provides an expansive view into the past and an extensive collection of historical photographs of the village of Mesilla.

The book signing is open to the public. The book will be available for purchase at the signing, and it also can be purchased from the University Museum, the University Bookstore, COAS-My Bookstore and Bowlin's Mesilla Book Center, located on the plaza in Mesilla.

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


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.


The New Mexico State University Museum is hosting two exhibits 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.

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 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, contact the University Museum at (505) 646-3739.