There might be more, but here are two events going on, one in each city.
Wednesday May 18:
In honor of International Museum Day, the El Paso Museum of Art is making its show Monet-Matisse free to the public for the day. There will also be docent led tours at 11 and 1. If you haven’t seen it, or if you want to see it again, this is a good time to take advantage.
I also want to mention that on June 12, the museum is opening a show called Paul Strand in Mexico. Strand, who studied with Steiglitz, and documented Depression era America, made some fairly important pictures during his stay in Mexio from 1932-1934, and on a second visit in the 60’s. This show was produced by Fundacion Televisa and the Aperture foundation and is the travelling exhibition for their book of the same title which contains not only the photos but archival letters and a dvd showing the restoration of the 1936 film “Redes”. I don’t know whether this book will also be available at the museum, but the show will contain much of the same material.
Thursday May 19th
Baudoin and Traub, two Frenchmen who have been living in Juarez, will present their book Viva la Vida, los suenos de Juarenses, at the Libreria Universitaria at the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte at 6:30 pm. The two have made a book of drawings highlighting their impressions of the city. The event is sponsored in part by, naturellement, the Alliance Francaise, which gave a presentation of their work last year. Gallic wit-perfect for absurd situation. -david sokolec