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El Pueblo History Museum completes a picture of the lasting effects of colonization 

click to enlarge Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras, opening reception with select artists, Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m., on display through March 1, 2019, El Pueblo History Museum, historycolorado.org.
  • Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras, opening reception with select artists, Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m., on display through March 1, 2019, El Pueblo History Museum, historycolorado.org.
It’s important to hold a constant conversation with history, and to use the tools we have available to examine historical events from a modern perspective. Many history museums strive to do just that, but El Pueblo History Museum has specifically called upon nearly two dozen contemporary artists from the Southwest to converse with history through their work. Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras will be shown in conjunction with El Pueblo’s current Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit, which examines the cultural and societal borders drawn up around indigenous lands before, during and after European colonization and the establishment of the U.S. “This is a contemporary view into how people share geography in these regions,” says El Pueblo Deputy Director Simon Tearpak, “and I think the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit that we have, that’s our core exhibit, gives a really good historical context to the conversations that are happening today.” The marriage of the two exhibits should provide a more complete picture of the lasting effects of colonization on the region, as well as the way the selected artists interpret and relate to their own homelands. El Pueblo’s website says, “the exhibit showcases diverse art media to expand on the words of philosopher Gloria Anzaldúa, ‘To survive the Borderlands / you must live sin fronteras / be a crossroads.’”

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