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100 Years Ago, Mexican Immigrants Changed America, and Now, You Can Learn How

If you have ever wondered about the early beginnings of Mexican-American heritage, this exhibition is not one you should miss. An exhibit of sculpture, painting, and historic photographs telling an underappreciated part of New Mexico history, “Braceros – Melding History and Art” is now on view at the Branigan Cultural Center and promises to illuminate aspects of Mexican-American culture that, until now, have been hidden from public view.

The Braceros Program ran from 1942 through 1964 to meet the demands of agriculture and the railroad industry that was hit by a massive labor shortage caused by World War II. This massive effort to help feed the U.S. during World War II brought over four and a half million legal migrant workers to the United States from Mexico. Dedicated to the representation of braceros, this art exhibit seeks to call attention to one of the most transformative cultural migrations in history.

The Branigan will be the exhibits’ third showing before it travels on to Western New Mexico University in Silver City. High attendance at the installations in Deming and Columbus illustrate the resonance of the Bracero Program in southern New Mexico. Deming sculptor Diana LeMarbe learned of the Braceros program from friend and mentor Velva Hurt, whose family had first-hand experience with the program and employed braceros on their farms.

The exhibit features sculptural works by LeMarbe accompanied by paintings by Las Cruces artist Jeri Desrochers and historical research of Raymond Cobos as well as photographs from the Smithsonian Collection.

Don’t miss your opportunity to view “Braceros – Melding History and Art” at the Branigan Cultural Center. Admission to the museum is free. Donations are welcome.

Even though Sonoma Palms Apartments in Las Cruces, New Mexico provides you with all of the comfort, convenience, and entertainment you could possibly desire, we encourage our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer!

Event Time/Date:
Friday, October 5, 2018—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Branigan Cultural Center
501 North Main Street
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

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