Braceros – Melding History and Art

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Braceros – Melding History and Art

Traveling Educational Art Exhibit Explores History of Agriculture, Labor and Migration

Las Cruces, NM – May 4, 2018 – An exhibit of sculpture, painting, and historic photographs telling an underappreciated part of New Mexico history, “Braceros – Melding History and Art”, will open at the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces on Friday, June1.

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.

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.

The exhibit will run through Wednesday, October 3 at the Branigan Cultural Center at 501 North Main Street in Las Cruces. For more information contact Diana LeMarbe at 575-544-7708 or Jeri Desrochers at jeri@jerisstudio.com.

Contact information:

Diana LeMarbe

P.O. Box 1101

Deming, NM 88031

575-544-7708

Or

Jeri Desrochers

jeri@jerisstudio.com

www.jerisstudio.com

3655 Canyon Ridge Arc

Las Cruces, NM 88011

575-640-9836

Branigan Cultural Center

501 N. Main Street

Las Cruces, NM 88001

575-541-2159

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