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Exhibits to Visit – April

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

The Discovery

New Hands-On Construction Exhibit

The Discovery recently added a new exhibit to the museum’s popular Build It! gallery, where children experiment with engineering, construction and alternative energy. The new exhibit entitledWhat Will You Build?” includes a large flat surface for museum visitors to work collaboratively to build structures using a variety of materials. 

The_Discovery-Nano_DaysNano Days

April 4-7

The Discovery will take part in Nano Days, a national celebration of nano science. At various times throughout the four-day celebration, volunteers and educators from The Discovery will be demonstrating various types of nano technology. In addition, local author and nano scientist, Ben Rogers, will give a presentation about how nano science is used in our everyday lives.

Nano Days activities are free with museum admission. For more information, visit www.nvdm.org.

National Automobile Museum

The 1930s: Bread Lines to Production Lines

April 17-20

Join the 2013 Annual History Symposium for an in-depth explorations of the 1930s; a time marked by the collapse of Wall Street, suffering farms, unprecedented unemployment and a country on the verge of being thrust into WWII. An ideal event for history and automobile enthusiast, The 1930s: Bread Lines to Production Lines features notable national and local speakers, presentations, Chautauqua performances and an optional evening at Rancharrah that you won’t want to miss.

For more information, including the symposium schedule and details on registration, visit automuseum.org .

Nevada Museum of Art

Bloom

Now through June 16

Experience the growth and fragility of the natural world when art and modern day technology come together to create Bloom. In this internet-based Earthwork, unpredictable live movements of the Hayward Fault are detected by a seismograph, transmitted continuously via the Internet, and processed to generate an evolving field of circular blooms. The size and position of each bloom is based on real-time changes in the Earth’s motion, and the vibrant colors of each circle come from photographs of flowers found on photo-sharing site Flickr.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Rocio Aranda-Alvarado on Voces y Visiones

Friday, April 19 / Noon

El Museo del Barrio Curator Rocío Aranda-Alvarado discusses the Latin American cultural and art historical contexts of highlights from Voces y Visiones. Cost: $10/ FREE for MEMBERS

Henk Tromp on Van Gogh and How the Art World Struggles with Truth

Sunday, April 14 / 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Tromp has spent nearly six years researching the historical debates that have unfolded around many of Van Gogh’s paintings. His research reveals the darker side of the art world and the motives that lead art experts to make claims about authenticity. Tromp is a cultural anthropologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands and will share his views on the Van Gogh controversy The Nevada Museum of Art.

Cost: $15 Non-Member/ $10 Member

Exhibits to Visit: April

The Reno Tahoe region boasts 32 museums! Between golf outings, spa days, and hikes through the blossoming flowers this spring, check out the featured exhibits at one of the awe-inspiring museums. Every month we will highlight a brief selection of exhibits to visit!

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

215August Sander: Face of Our Time

Ends: April 22

This exhibition features sixty black-and-white portraits taken by German photographer August Sander in the early part of the twentieth century that document a cross section of German society. This unique set of prints from Sander’s series Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time) has never been exhibited before, although the photographer did publish a volume of images by the same name.

In 1936, Nazi officials seized all copies of Sander’s books and ordered that his Face of Our Time photographs be destroyed. This was because the social and cultural range of people he photographed suggested diversity within the German nation, which was a threat to the Nazi doctrine of racial purity. Sander’s studio was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid in 1944.

211The Canary Project

Ends: April 29

The Canary Project includes diverse works involving more than 30 artists, designers, writers, educators and scientists. The causes and effects of global change, which encompass those of climate change, are increasingly the focus of artists around the world, whether they are working in the Antarctic, Canada, Chile, or Southeast Asia. Many of those projects rely on photographic evidence for working materials. What makes the Canary Project unique is that Sayler and Morris have partnered with local artists and others wherever they have been in residence. This enables them to expand the reach of their concern through the use of other media, including bus ads, billboards, posters, and installations such as the climate poker game Quartet for the End of Time, and the fashion performance Increase your Albedo.

THE DISCOVERY

6100715489_4e42887574_zTruckee Connects

Learn all about the favorite summer hangout, the Truckee River. Flowing from Lake Tahoe, through the downtown Reno waterpark, and into Pyramid Lake, there’s an adventure and vital duty at every bend. Educate yourself on its many uses; including, recreation, irrigation, hydroelectric power, and wildlife in this very interactive exhibit. Beware of the potential splash zone, who do you trust more with water: Shamu or your kids…

SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM

43Night of the Titanic

Ends: April 28

Every Saturday this April, from 1-3:30pm, experience what it was like to stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner Titanic the night she sank in a 22 minute multi-media production.

For more museums in the area, please visit our website: VisitRenoTahoe.com.