This fall, we have an exciting exhibition + programming schedule to share with you. But first, save the date for our September Soiree fundraiser which will be held on September 22nd from 6-9pm. We are already looking forward to sharing with you an evening under the stars that will include a whiskey tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Kikimora in a casually elegant outdoor setting. Tickets will be on sale soon. More information is forthcoming. You won't want to miss this event!

Although we will be opening Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World and Erika Harrsch: Under the Same Sky this Thursday, August 10th, we will not have a reception until October 12th. So, please save the date because we will have so much to celebrate, including the launch of Suzi Davidoff's catalog and the opening of George Rodriguez: Where is Our Exile? and Duality of Presence. See below for more detailed information about our shows. Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages for pictures of the installations and the latest Rubin Center events!
LxsDos: Pásele, Pásele
Atrium and Project Space | June 29 – September 29, 2017

LxsDos: Pásele, Pásele presents the work of Christian and Ramon Cardenas who together form the artist collective LxsDos. Their dynamic, character-driven artwork can be seen in public spaces throughout the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. They were commissioned to create a mural in the two-story atrium entry of the Rubin Center which will be complemented by a didactic retrospective of their artistic collaborations including photos, sketches and printed materials. LxsDos were also teaching artists in the Rubin Center’s summer programming for area youth, and created a mural with participants that will also be on display. To learn more about their work, click here.
Erika Harrsch: Under the Same Sky … We Dream
L Gallery | August 10 – September 29, 2017
Closing Reception: Friday, September 29, 2017, 6-7:30pm

Artist Lecture: September 28, 2017 | 12pm | Rubin Auditorium
Under the Same Sky … We Dream is a video and sound installation by artist Erika Harrsch.  Harrsch has a history of creating interdisciplinary and participatory projects that explore the topic of immigration, particularly between Mexico and the United States. Under the Same Sky focuses on children who cross borders, both with and without their families, and highlights the conditions of immigrant minors both at the border and within the United States. The installation is accompanied by a soundtrack with phrases extracted directly from the DREAM Act of 2011 sung by internationally acclaimed Mexican singer Magos Herrera. To learn more about Harrsch's work, click here.
Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World
Rubin Gallery | August 10 – December 15, 2017
Reception and Catalog Launch: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 5-7:30pm

Suzi Davidoff has been intricately engaged in the West Texas landscape she calls home, creating drawings paintings and prints that reflect both soil and sky and often incorporating found materials including cochineal, clay, natural charcoal and lichen.  Mapping has long been central to her understanding of nature.  In this exhibition featuring new work, Davidoff presents a series of drawings on found maps and globes with an accompanying hand-drawn animation, a new medium for this established artist. The animation, using transforming charcoal drawings, explores the process of growth as buds blossom into flowers.
Davidoff's work is a conversation about human-wrought changes in the ecosystem.  It is an exploration of the contrast between the clarity and wonder of the natural world as the artist perceived it in elementary school science and geography classes and the present instability of specific natural forms, both seen and unseen, which may soon disappear.  The project was inspired in part by the IUCN Red List of threatened species, an inventory of the conservation status of the world’s biological species. For more information about Davidoff's work, click here.

George Rodriguez: Where is Our Exile?
Rubin and L Gallery | October 12-December 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12th, 5-7:30pm

Artist Lecture: October 12, 2017 | 12pm | Rubin Auditorium 

Where is our Exile? presents the work of Seattle-based ceramist George Rodriguez.  Rodriguez is a native El Pasoan whose figurative ceramic work engages directly with the political, social and cultural dimensions of immigrants, Mexican-Americans and other communities of color in the United States and beyond, evoking conditions of displacement, longing and belonging. The title of the exhibition is drawn from a poem by Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano poet laureate of the United States, who contrasts the journeys of political refugees with the painfully paralyzing realities of marginalized communities in the United States. To learn more about Rodriguez, click here.
Duality of Presence
Project Space | October 12, 2017 – February 16th, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12th, 5-7:30pm

Duality of Presence brings together 19 contemporary makers united by their concern with ‘material specificity’ in their work, specifically as a way of looking at how material itself can communicate complex and distinct narratives.  In this show materials become active agents in the work, in the words of the curators becoming “conveyors of information, bearers of histories and assemblers of discourses.” Each of the 19 artists is represented by multiple pieces of jewelry reflecting this concern, which are in turn accompanied by artist made videos which can be viewed in the gallery via virtual reality platforms. The videos reflect the broad range of subjects and landscapes behind the materials and demonstrate a broad range of subjects such as the derelict brickyards of the Hudson River Valley, industrial production and labor, post-consumer waste, Florida’s material culture and more. This exhibition is co-curated by Kerianne Quick and Jessica Tolbert. To learn more about the Duality of Presence and the exhibiting artist, click here.
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