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“Shake­speare in New Mex­ico and the West,” a three-part pro­gram at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art

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West­ward ex­pan­sion in the United States was tra­di­tion­ally recorded by artists as a tri­umph of Man­i­fest Des­tiny — the be­lief in white Amer­i­can set­tlers’ right to take over land, whether or not it was al­ready oc­cu­pied, from coast to coast. Yet many artists who came West were f illed with doubts about the right­eous­ness of oblit­er­at­ing the ex­ist­ing peo­ple, flora, and fauna of the New World, even as they recorded scenes of con­quest. In “The Grave­yard and the Fron­tier: Ham­let Among the Buf­faloes,” Heather James, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, dis­cusses the over­tones of Ham­let in the paint­ing A Herd of Buf­faloes on the Bed of the River Mis­souri by Wil­liam Ja­cob Hays (1830-1875), which is on view in the ex­hi­bi­tion Stage, Set­ting, Mood at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art in con­junc­tion with First Fo­lio! The Book that Gave Us Shake­speare. James’ lecture at 1 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 20, is the first seg­ment of a three- part af­ter­noon event at the mu­seum, “Shake­speare in New Mex­ico and the West.” At 2 p.m., Marissa Green­berg, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico, presents “The Very Large Shake­speare Ar­ray,” in which she ex­am­ines The Mer­chant of Santa Fe, a rad­i­cal adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s The Mer­chant of Venice, writ­ten by Ramón Flores and Lynn But­ler in the early 1990s, about New Mex­ico’s crypto-Jews who came to this Span­ish out­post to es­cape the In­qui­si­tion. At 3 p.m., Bruce Smith, dean’s pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, leads a panel dis­cus­sion about work­ing with Shake­speare’s First Fo­lio as ac­tors and di­rec­tors, joined by Martin An­drews, Ari­ana Karp from the Lon­don Academy of Mu­sic and Dra­matic Art, and Robin Wil­liams of the In­ter­na­tional Shake­speare Cen­ter. The pro­gram is in St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.) En­trance is free with mu­seum ad­mis­sion. For in­for­ma­tion, call 505- 476-5062. — Jen­nifer Levin

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