Uncaged Art presents the work of youth, ages 13-17, who were detained at the Tornillo detention center in West Texas. Comprised of paintings, drawings, and handicrafts made of found materials, the work reflects the resiliency, talent, and creativity of young men and women who trekked 2,000 miles from their homes in Central America to reach the United States. Opened in June 2018, Tornillo was the largest detention center for children in the United States with 2,500 youth when it closed in January 2019. The art from the Tornillo detention camp provides us with a window into the personal world of migrant children whose visions and voices have often been left out of mainstream media accounts.
This exhibit will be on view from April 13th through December 14th, 2019.
"The Town and The Smelter"
ASARCO shaped the Borderland by creating high-paying jobs and becoming a regional economic engine. Yet, the smelter also brought horrendous workplace accidents, pollution, and toxic waste that poisoned the community. The smelting waste, or slag, literally transformed the landscape. In this ever-changing landscape, a company town was established, Smeltertown. By building schools,hospitals, stores, and churches, the residents and workers created their own distinct comunidad within the Borderland While pollution led to the destruction of most of the residential communities, the memories of the comunidad live on with former employe es and residents. The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is proud to present The Town and The Smelter. This exhibit will be on view from August 29, 2019 to January 25, 2020.