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Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar

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The litho­graphic arts flour­ished in the 19th and early 20th cen­turies — not only in fine art venues but also in com­mer­cial ad­ver­tis­ing, news ar­ti­cle il­lus­trat­ing, and prod­uct pack­ag­ing. Cigar boxes were of­ten printed with elab­o­rate West­ern scenes de­pict­ing cow­boys and cow­girls in ro­man­tic set­tings, ranch­ers smok­ing by a camp­fire, and ban­dits re­plete with ban­doliers.

Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar — an ex­hi­bi­tion drawn from the re­cent do­na­tion of his­to­rian Loy Glenn West­fall’s col­lec­tion of his­toric cigar boxes — opens Friday, Oct. 14, at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. Cu­rated by Palace Press di­rec­tor Tom Leech, the show cel­e­brates the golden age of the art of the cigar box. “West­ern im­agery por­trayed in this col­lec­tion in­cludes the brands Nue Mex­ico, Santa Fe, Flor Fina (An­nie Oak­ley), Tom Mix, and Chas M. Rus­sell,” Leech said. “The themes run from West­ern Amer­i­cana to print­ing tech­nol­ogy, ad­ver­tis­ing, pop­u­lar cul­ture, and Cuban-Amer­i­can re­la­tions, past and present.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures a 19th-cen­tury lithog­ra­phy press and an ex­pla­na­tion of the litho­graphic process. The mu­seum is at 113 Lin­coln Ave. En­trance to the show is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion, which is free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings through Oc­to­ber and on the first Friday of the month from Novem­ber through April. Out of the Box: The Art of the

Cigar is on view un­til Oct. 14, 2017. — Michael Abatemarco

Flor Fina cigar box la­bel; above, Miss West cigar box la­bel; both from the Loy Glenn West­fall Col­lec­tion at the Fray Angélico Chávez His­tory Li­brary

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