Spring Break 2014 is a cooperative venture among the museums of Las Cruces & Keep Las Cruces Beautiful. The Museum of Art currently features an exhibit of Mr. Baumann’s wood block prints and will explore this iconic New Mexico art. The Branigan Cultural Center will focus on Pueblo culture, specifically on oral history, dances and stories. At the Railroad Museum participants will create components of a model town and train system. At MoNaS they will explore the world of petroglyphs to honor Mr. Baumann’s love for New Mexico and its past.
Born in 1881 in Germany, Gustave Baumann’s family immigrated to Chicago in 1891 and, at sixteen, he apprenticed at an engraving house while studying at the Chicago Art Institute. Baumann created a signature wood block signature style, leading him to a majestic career upon his return to the United States.
Gustave Baumann visited New Mexico in 1918 and was mesmerized by the vast and utter grandeur of the southwest. He was so entranced by the region that he moved to Santa Fe and lived there until his death in 1971. His observations and sumptuous renderings of native tribal life and cave paintings were the sources for his colorful and stunning wood block prints that are exciting and accessible to young and old alike. Join us as we discover the world of Gustave Baumann’s many interests!
If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours before the event at (575) 522-3120.