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Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists 2017

The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book, The Cave Painters: Probing the mysteries of the World’s First Artists by Gregory Curtis at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in the classroom of the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St. To begin the discussion, Cave of Forgotten Dreams: Humanities Lost Masterpiece by Werner Herzog will be shown at 1 p.m.

Gregory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various theories that the art was part of fertility or hunting rituals, or for religious purposes, or clan mythology. He examines the ways interpretations have changed over time. Rich in detail, personality, and history, The Cave Painters is permeated with awe for those distant humans who developed, perhaps for the first time, both the ability for abstract thought and a profound and beautiful way to express it.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. During the summer, the museums will be open every Wednesday until 7 p.m.

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