Museum of Art Zoom presentations during March


As part of the programming for the “Gaspar Enríquez: Chicano Pride, Chicano Soul” exhibition at the City of Las Cruces Museum of Art (MOA), Manuel Ramírez, Ph.D., will provide a guest lecture at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, via Zoom.

The lecture will focus on the emergence of a Mexican American identity in El Paso and the borderlands region from the 1920s through 40s, the city said in a news release.

The Zoom link is, ID: 833 2502 5192, passcode: 061751.

Ramírez is a native of El Paso. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Ph.D. in Mexican-American history from the University of Mississippi. As an assistant professor of instruction in the UTEP Department History, the courses Ramirez teaches include Chicano studies, Mexican-American history and the history of the United States since 1865.

Other courses Ramirez has taught include the history of El Paso, borderlands recreation and leisure, the Great Depression and immigration and ethnicity. His current research interests include the history of Mexican Americans in El Paso and the criminalization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The next MOA “Listen to Your Art” lecture will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, via Zoom. Presenter Becci Spruill will discuss the work of American painter, writer, sculptor, author, illustrator and performance artist Faith Ringgold, 92. Following the link, the webinar ID is 839 1928 7097 and the passcode is 088529.

Spruill is an assistant professor of creative and fine arts at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. She has a bachelor of arts degree in art and sociology from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and an MFA in printmaking from Kansas State.

Spruill is co-founder of the Radical Intersectional Printmakers’ Guild and vice president of the Mid-America Print Council. She has organized and juried multiple exhibitions and panels that work to expand opportunities for historically underfunded and underrepresented artists in the field of printmaking, MOA said in its news release.

Spruill’s current research interests include the intersection of traditional and digital processes and the exploration of socio-historical impacts on the perception of the feminine body.

For more information, contact Bryan Lee at 575-541-2217 and

MOA, 491 N. Main St. downtown, is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.

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