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‘Charreada’ photo exhibit opens Feb. 4 at the Branigan Cultural Center

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Branigan Cultural Center (BCC), 501 N. Main St. Downtown, will open a new exhibition, “Charreada,” Friday, Feb. 4. The exhibit, which continues through Saturday, April 23, features photographs by Las Cruces photographer Mel Stone of the Mexican rodeo arena and the charreada, as well as the expertise of the riders who participate in its competitive events.

“Stone’s photographs capture the drama and excitement of the Mexican rodeo arena and the charreada. From backstage preparations for the women’s competitive riding event, to a man riding a bucking bronco or practicing lassoing moves on the sidelines, Stone brings to life a tradition that dates back to the early settlement of Mexico,” the City of Las Cruces said in a news release.

“The charreada is a competition that features nine scoring events for men that demonstrate the skill and proficiency of lassoing, controlling a horse and other animal-handling techniques,” the news release said. “A 10th equestrian event for women has been established, called the escaramuza, (in which) teams of women, in colorful decorative outfits, participate in riding horses in precisely choreographed patterns.”

BCC is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

For more information, call 575-541-2154.

Visit las-cruces.org and click on “PLAY,” “Arts & Culture” and “Museums” and scroll down to Branigan Cultural Center. You can also follow Las Cruces museums on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.