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STATE OF THE ARTS: Salidas y Entradas | Exits and Entrances

In the work of artists Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson, theatricality is a means of enlarging the self and creating new realities. In their multi-channel video installation Salidas y Entradas | Exits and Entrances, participants from three of El Paso’s senior centers explore the boundaries between rehearsal, improvisation, performance, and critique.

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El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez present the 5th Transborder Biennial, marking a decade of collaboration in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes. Jurors Gilbert Vicario, Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Carlos E. Palacios, Curator at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, worked with MACJ staff and EPMA Curator Kate Green to select artists for the exhibition, which is presented simultaneously at EPMA and MACJ. 


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