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There’s a lot going on at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Barelas.

The state-run entity is currently in the process of renovating the entrance to the NHCC Art Museum.

Alberto Cuessy, deputy director of the NHCC, told the NHCC board on Thursday that the new design will increase the visibility of the art museum.

Currently, the entrance to the art museum is hidden behind a stairwell and the new design will feature a glass entrance.

“There will be a hand-carved desk designed by Chris Sandoval,” Cuessy said. “It’s a project that lasted a few years.”

The NHCC also recently opened the New Mexico Mutual Welcome Center to the public.

The Visitor Center is across from the Torreón – or watchtower – on campus. The Torreón houses the “Mundos de Mestizaje” fresco by Frederico Vigil.

Cuessy said the Welcome Center houses the NHCC ticket office, which will sell tickets for all NHCC events, including those at the art museum.

The NHCC Art Museum remains closed to the public – at least until March 11.

In December, a water coil in the HVAC unit on the roof of the Visual Arts Building burst, causing a water leak on the floor below.

According to the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, “staff were on site shortly after the discovery of the breach, the water pipes were cut to limit the spread of water”.

Noël Bella Merriam, artistic director of the NHCC, said the art museum will host “Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond” starting March 11.

The exhibition will feature works that explore the intersections of art, science, technologies, cosmic reflections, future-looking visions and more.

The exhibition addresses themes relevant to New Mexico and beyond, with contributions from artists in New Mexico, across the country and abroad. It will run until January 8, 2023.

The next premiere of the opera “Frida” will take place from February 18 to 20 and will be presented by Opera Southwest.

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