The Las Cruces Museum of Art will host a
lecture on Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama by Claudia Preza at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday, Feb. 21. The lecture is a part of the “Listen to Your Art” art history
lecture series, with 2020’s theme featuring influential women artists, past and
present. The program will be tailored for an adult audience, but all are
welcome to attend.
Yayoi Kusama is a multidisciplinary artist from
Japan who works primarily in sculpture and installation. She is sometimes
referred to as “the polka dot lady” due to her iconic use of many circular
shapes in her work. With a career spanning more than 60 years, Kusama is
considered one of the most influential artists from Japan.
Claudia Preza is an independent curator and art
writer based in El Paso, Texas. In 2018, she received her Master of Arts in
museums professions with a concentration in exhibition development from Seton
Hall University (SHU) in New Jersey. Additionally, Preza holds a Bachelor of
Arts in art history from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Preza has worked with various cultural
institutions such as Flor de Barro Gallery, the El Paso Museum of Art, Art
Provocateur Gallery, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Walsh Gallery, and the
Morris Museum. Currently, she is one of the House Curators for Ungalleried, a
global online gallery, where she primarily represents artists and art from the
US/Mexico border region. Her curatorial and writing focuses on the promotion of
artists that explore innovative techniques in mixed media, printmaking,
photography, etc. Furthermore, Preza strives to highlight the work of artists
exploring marginalized identities and showcases often overlooked ideas.
The museum is located at 491 North Main St. and
is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m., and is accessible by RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.
For additional information online go to http://museums.las-cruces.org or call