Magical & Real Lecture Series: "An Enduring Record: Peter Hurd's World War II Art for Life Magazine" 

Saturday, August 4, 2 pm | Free

Melissa Renn, Ph.D., Art Historian and Curator

During the war, Life magazine sent artists worldwide to record in paint all aspects of war, from preparations on the home front to battles abroad. This talk explores Peter Hurd's work for Life as an artist-correspondent during World War II, from his coverage of the Eighth U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 to his reporting on the activities of the Air Transport Command in 1944. As an artist correspondent, Hurd traveled around the world, from England to Ascension Island, depicting a range of subjects, from modern aircraft flying over medieval ruins and equatorial island airstrips to U.S. Airmen in England and civilians shopping in markets in Khartoum. This lecture will also place Hurd's work in the context of art by other artist-correspondents for Life, and will explore at the motivations behind the magazine's wartime art commissions.

Art historian and curator Dr. Melissa Renn is the collections manager of Harvard Business School’s Art and Artifacts Collection.  Dr. Renn has written on American art from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and published widely on Life Magazine.  She earned her Ph.D. as well as her master’s in art history from Boston University and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.  
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Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Parallax: A RAiR Connection Exhibition with Maja Ruznic
Wednesday, August 15, 12-1 pm | Free

Please join us for a conversation with artist Maja Ruznic, who will discuss her recent work as part of the exhibition, Parallax: A RAiR Connection Exhibition. Ruznic, who is originally from Bosnia and lives in Los Angeles, creates paintings that explore trauma and its untold traces.
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Magical & Real Lecture Series: “Windmills, Water, and the Art of Peter Hurd: Lecture and Concert” 

Leo Mazow, Ph.D. Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday, August 18 at 2:00pm

This illustrated lecture explores windmill and related imagery in the art of Peter Hurd. In paintings, watercolors, drawings, and even decorative arts, Hurd used windmills to demonstrate his love of landscape, and the critical importance of water in New Mexico and its environs. Punctuating the art and cultural history addressed in this illustrated lecture, a concert, performed by The Coverlets, will address the persistence of water, drought, and the vast American southwest as themes in popular music.

Magical & Real Lecture Series: "An Enduring Record: Peter Hurd's World War II Art for Life Magazine" 

Magical & Real Lecture Series: "An Enduring Record: Peter Hurd's World War II Art for Life Magazine" 

Magical & Real Lecture Series: "An Enduring Record: Peter Hurd's World War II Art for Life Magazine" 

Dr. Leo Mazow is the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His book Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound was awarded the 2013 Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel will open at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2019. Since 2013, Mazow has joined vocalist Brittany Stephenson in the folk-rock duo, The Coverlets.

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pARTy After Hours

Friday August 24 , 6-9 pm | Free

August’s pARTy will feature a science theme in preparation for our inaugural science and art festival, which will take place in October. Enjoy experiments, demonstrations, games, and innovative and engaging science. The event will also include music, tours, discounted memberships, tasty refreshments and a cash bar. The free Kids Zone for ages 2-12 will allow you to drop off your kids while you enjoy the event. Pre-registration is preferred. To register your kids, contact Tiffany Melancon at or 575-624-6744 x10. So bring a friend or come alone to relax, have fun and socialize in an art (and science) filled environment at pARTy After Hours.
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pARTy After Hours is a pilot series of after hours events geared for adults that aims to expand access to the Museum and present art as an integral part of our lives. Collaboration and support for this series is provided by YPAC (Youth and Professionals for the Arts Collective), Roswell Next, and the RMAC Foundation. For more information or to get involved, please contact Cydney Fulks at

Afton Love: Roswell Artist in-Residence

Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 5:30 - 7 pm
Lecture at 5:30 pm

Join us for the opening reception for Afton Love, Roswell Artist in-Residence.  Starting in the Bassett Auditorium at 5:30 pm, you will be able to hear Afton's lecture on her work then we will go into the Marshall and Winston Gallery to view her exhibit.  For more on Afton Love's exhibit, click here. 
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