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Posted on: February 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Listen to Your Art - Art History Lecture Series

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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 575/541-2137. 

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