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Opens October 15, 2016
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, 516 ARTS presents DECADE, a group exhibition and series of off-site projects that draw from the diverse local, national and international artists we have worked with since we opened. This exhibition explores a wide variety of themes and practices that 516 ARTS has explored since its inception.
October 4-30, 2016
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Through October 30, 2016
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Through November 5, 2016
Día de los Muertos is a folk tradition reflecting the folkways and folklore of Mexico and the identity of its people. At the core Día de los Muertos traditions and rituals retain the primary mission of honoring, remembering and celebrating the life of all those who have come before us.
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Event Details

Exhibition: The Bisti Beast

Western North America is famous for its dinosaur fossils. Many of these come from the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. Most of these specimens were collected in the early part of the 20th century and the resulting specimens were shipped to Museums far from New Mexico. However, since the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science opened in 1986, newly discovered specimens have been found and kept within the state.

Dr. Thomas Williamson, Curator of Paleontology, has led a productive campaign to collect Late Cretaceous dinosaurs from the badlands of the San Juan Basin since 1994. In 1997, a volunteer researcher, Paul Sealey, found an interesting site during a weekend fossil exploration fieldtrip to the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness Area. Paul Sealey has a long history of working with Museum curators to recover fossils. Dr. Williamson had previously named a primitive relative of the alligator after Paul, Brachychampsa sealeyi, based on one of his earlier discoveries.