Changing Exhibits

An Ageless Craft: Historic and Modern Pueblo Pottery

June 8, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Acoma Pot
Image Credit: Acoma Polychrome vessel 
Bernadette Aragon (Acoma, ca. 1990)
Clay and natural paints
Gift of Nancy Bain 
Collection of  El Paso Museum of Archaeology

For hundreds of years the peoples of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond made breathtaking pottery that was used for domestic as well as ceremonial purposes. Through the passage of time, generations of masters have continued to practice their arts, continuing to create stunning pieces that have merged centuries of traditions with modern artistic sensibilities. Although they are geographically close together and share many cultural similarities, each pueblo has developed its own style that is unique to them.
An Ageless Craft will display the work of potters from most of the Rio Grande and Western Pueblos including Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso, the Nampeyo family of First Mesa (Hopi), and Albert Alvidrez of Ysleta del Sur. This is a not to miss opportunity to experience the continuation of age-old pueblo traditions through over two hundred beautiful works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection, El Paso Archaeological Society’s collection, and items on loan from the private collection of Albert Alvidrez.  This is the largest exhibition ever undertaken by the Museum to date.


Enchanted Faces:
Latin American Mask Traditions

September 21, 2019 – February 8, 2020

The use of masks is a very ancient human practice that dates back thousands of years. Evidence of mask use in Latin America predates the arrival of Europeans with examples having been identified in Mesoamerica as well as in the Andes and North America. Following European conquest and the repression of the native cultures, pre-Columbian traditions began to merge with Christian rituals, a process that made the use of masks much more commonplace. Today from Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos to Costa Rica’s giant Mascaradas, masks play a role in many festivals, both sacred and secular, throughout Latin America. Join us in an exploration of Latin American Masks and how they are used throughout the continent.

Diablitos Mask - Costa Rica

Image Credit: Costa Rican Diablito Mask  
Maria Fernandez (Boruca, 2009)
Balsa Wood and Acrylic
Collection of  George Maloof and Elieth Salazar-Alpizar