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Current Issue:  March 25, 2002
Volume 37, Number 17

UNM symposium to look at costume as cultural artifact

The UNM College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre and Dance and Arts of the Americas Institute host a symposium about the historic relevance of costume as cultural artifact in New Mexico Thursday, April 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is in concert with a Spanish American costume research collection under development by Dorothy Baca, UNM assistant professor of Theatre and Dance.

The symposium will conceptualize the results of Baca's ongoing research within historical, social, political and cultural perspectives.

"Clothing provides a valuable and rich source for social and cultural historiography. It is particularly pertinent to the developing history of New Mexico because it provides an accurate documentation of the state's cross-cultural heritage and surviving popular cultures," Baca says.

The symposium is a panel discussion, moderated by Chuy Martinez, associate curator of education at the Albuquerque Museum. Panelists are: Enrique Lamadrid, UNM professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Skip Miller, archeologist for the Carson National Forest and author of

"A Land So Remote," Larry Miller, author of numerous books and currently translating "the DeVargas Papers," Reeve Love, director of Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, David Snow, curator of History Collections at the Museum of New Mexico's Palace of the Governors.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call 277-4109.