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Exhibits to Visit: January and February

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The Nevada Museum of Art has a number of unique exhibits rolling in for January and February, and they’re ones you won’t want to miss! Here is a run-down of all the exciting installations the museum has in store. Visit the Nevada Museum of art website for more information on these exhibits and their artists.

One exhibit that has been in house since September, Late Harvest, is coming to a close on January 18. This exhibit is meant to spark discussion and influence viewers’ ideas of the place of animals in culture by juxtaposing taxidermy and wildlife paintings. With almost 40 featured artists, Late Harvest will demonstrate the significance of animals, both wild and domestic, and our relationships with them throughout history.

Starting on January 17 Dave Eggers: Insufferable Throne of God features drawings and paintings accompanied by short phrases, many from the Bible, that explore the nature of wild animals. Eggers explains his thought process behind this exhibit and the subject matter by saying, “I think of what that animal might be thinking – if that animal had an antagonistic relationship with humans and was vying with those humans for the favor of a Catholic God.” In his first museum exhibition, Eggers explores the world of nature and religion in a unique way.

On January 31 Bestabee Romero: En Transito will be on display. Romero is known for her work with indigenous and folkloric designs in combination with non-traditional materials, and her installations for this exhibit will focus on transportation – both in a literal and metaphorical sense. Romero will also create an installation inspired by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

February 7 brings us Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape. American born Sambunaris has taken a road trip across the United States every year for the past ten years to capture the ever-changing landscape. This exhibit will feature approximately forty photographs from the artist’s trips that celebrate the relationship between geology, natural history, and the growth of human civilization. Alongside Sambunaris’ photographs will be a collection of maps, journals, and records of her travels.

Next the Nevada Museum of Art will bring us No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting (starting February 14). The exhibit features paintings made by nine elderly Australian men who depicted traditions of their people by way of abstract painting.

In late February the museum will open Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Mothers- The Art of Seeing on the 21st. This collection is inspired by land, politics, and the spirit. Underwood is known for her experimentation with the technical aspects of her art by using uncommon materials such as plastic, steel wire, and more. This unique approach is what Underwood used to create three separate series for this exhibition. One series, which was inspired by the geologic formations of Black Rock Desert, features a painting that alludes to the Mexico-United States Barrier. The artist includes nails, fiber, and paw prints to represent the migration of animals in the area. This subject of borders and barriers is a common theme throughout Underwood’s work.

Later in 2015 the Nevada Museum of Art will be producing Tahoe: Art of the Lake Tahoe Region, the first major survey exhibition of art and artifacts dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and the Sierra Nevada region. The exhibition will feature more than 200 artworks from six different categories: native basketry, historical mapping and sketches, historical painting, photography, architecture of the Lake, contemporary art representing the future of Lake Tahoe, and publication.

Exhibits to Visit: January

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

Nevada Museum of Art

213The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon

Through February 10

Celebrate a bygone era during this exhilarating presentation of vintage neon signs that once graced some of Nevada’s most iconic restaurants, casinos, hotels, and business establishments. From flashing incandescent bulbs to candy-colored neon tubes, the nostalgic pieces featured in this exhibition have not been seen publicly since they illuminated street side locales decades ago.

SPECIAL EVENTS

ART BITE — Meet the Artist: Jean-Pierre Bonfort

Friday, January 11 / noon

French photographer Jean-Pierre Bonfort will talk about using a cell phone camera to create the journey documented in his photographs. He will be joined by Denis Bisson, the Cultural Attaché to the French Consulate in San Francisco.

Free for Museum members and with paid admission

Reno’s Mad Men: Celebrating the Oral Histories of Old Reno in Sound, Light, and Image

Thursday, January 17 / 6 – 8 pm

Reno’s “mad men” era was a time of intense interest in Reno as a place, a destination city of gaming, glitz, and glamour, and it kindled a strong advertising sector around the old casinos. Listen to the voices of old Reno’s “mad men” through newly digitized oral histories, and join the conversation to share stories of your experiences of Reno’s past. Colin Robertson, Curator of Education, and Alicia Barber, Director of the University of Nevada, Reno Oral History Program, will facilitate an informal roundtable discussion. Following the program, enjoy a classic cocktail in the gallery, surrounded by the signs in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon.

$10 / $8 Museum members

Film: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a film by Alison Klayman

Saturday, January 19 / 1 pm

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai Weiwei expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

$10 / $8 Museum members

The Discovery

calendar_marblingThe Discovery recently added several new exhibits focused on early motion picture techniques in its Da Vinci’s Corner gallery. The additions include a tabletop praxinoscope and zoetrope and a large, free-standing zoetrope that measures more than six feet in diameter. A humorous animated introduction to the inventors of these animation devices is also featured as part of these new exhibits.

Marvelous Marbling

January 5, 12, 19, 26

Create your own marbled stationary while you learn about the principles of density that make this unique art project possible.