By Sabrina Imbler – – Photo: Beatrice Murch | CC By 2.0.

Photo: The left side of “Multi-Cultural,” a collaborative mural painted in 1980. State officials approved a plan that would destroy the painting.

A 40 year old mural called “Multi-Cultural” will likely be destroyed to make way for a new branch of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, called Vladem Contemporary. The sprawling painting, created in 1980 by Gilberto Guzman and a diverse group of artists, depicts a corn goddess holding a microscope and flask, flanked by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Rio Grande Gorge, writes Alicia Inez Guzmán (no relation to the artist) in Southwest Contemporary.

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