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Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno!

50 Years, 50 WorksNevada Museum of Art

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works

Who doesn’t love the illustration of Where the Wild Things Are? The Nevada Museum of Art is currently showing an exhibit that is dedicated to the memory of Maurice Sendak, who illustrated the children’s classic and many other works of art. The exhibit closes on April 27 though, so make your way to the Museum of Art if you want to see this once-in-a-lifetime display! Click on the picture for more details!

The Discovery Museum

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Would you like to learn how to build with wood? Does holding a baby duckling sound like a great time? Would you like your child to have some great hands-on building experience with trained professionals? April is a great time to visit the Discovery Museum! There is going to be a baby animal week, where visitors can play with and learn about young critters, building with wood classes, and tool exploration. This month at the Discovery is sure to captivate any young scientist or builder. There is even an adults-only social on April 25! All of the fun of the Discovery with other adults and food and beverages! Click on the little scientists for a complete calendar of events.

Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada

Imagine a place in Reno where you can view over 92,000 different species of plants, hold a taxidermy bat, and check out a tier 0ne university all at the same time. What you have imagined probably is not too far off from the new Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. As a combined project from the university’s biology and natural resources and environmental science programs, this collection of living and non-living species represents the discovery of life throughout the history of Northern Nevada.

Animal Ark

The famous Animal Ark opens this Tuesday April 1! The collection of rare and exotic animals at this place is epic! They have cheetahs, tigers, wolves, tortoises, coyotes, even a lynx! What is a lynx!? Find out by going to the opening of the Animal Ark season!

El Santo the Janguar at Animal Ark, Reno, NV

Exhibits to Visit – June

Nevada Museum of Art

A Real Van Gogh?
An Unsolved Art World Mystery

April 13, 2013 – August 25, 2013

In 1948, William Goetz, the famed Hollywood producer, head of Universal Pictures, and legendary art collector, purchased a painting attributed to Vincent Van Gogh for $50,000. Although it was acquired from a reputable art dealer and deemed genuine by a prominent Van Gogh expert at the time, debate about the painting’s authenticity ignited an art world controversy that impacted U.S. foreign affairs. More…

Jacob Hashimoto
Here in Sleep, a World, Muted to a Whisper

November 16, 2010 – June 16, 2013

In anticipation of the Museum’s 80th Anniversary in 2011, contemporary artist Jacob Hashimoto was commissioned to create a large-scale, site-specific artwork to hang in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall. Hashimoto’s sculpture—fabricated from thousands of small “kites”—is made from bamboo-stiffened rice papers not unlike those used for centuries to make traditional Japanese kites.

The Discovery

Learn about the Truckee River and get a little wet!

Ongoing Exhibit

Gently flowing beneath Cloud Climber, Truckee Connects meanders through as a working representation of the Truckee River watershed from the chilly depths of Lake Tahoe to the shimmering shores of Pyramid Lake. A fun and interactive opportunity to learn about the many uses of water such as recreation, irrigation, hydroelectric power, and wildlife; Truckee Connects provides opportunities to experiment with water and explore many of its properties.

National Automobile Museum

Celebrity Autos

Ongoing Exhibit

The Museum’s amazing collection includes vehicles owned by celebrities and vehicles that are stars in their own right having appeared in feature films.

EVENTS

LucianoOnBikeSMALLBarrio Block Party at the Nevada Art Museum

A free Barrio Block Party at the Museum on Saturday, June 8, from 10 am – 4 pm to kick-off Summer and celebrate our current exhibition “Voces y Visiones.” The Museum will be open and free to all with free hands-on art projects, face-painting and live performances – including Voces artist Miguel Luciano’s “Pimp My Piragua” shave ice bike.

The Discovery After Dark

A night at the museum exclusively for 7th, 8th and 9th graders, June 14, 2013, from 6-9pm.

Green Dot Journey: Fiddling Along America’s Byways

Hang on for an American ride of adventure and freedom featuring violinist Vanessa Porter, Wednesday, July 3, 6– 8:30 p.m.

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: 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.

Exhibits to Visit: October

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

LIBERTY FINE ART GALLERY

Grand Opening, October 4

Liberty Fine Arts is a consortium of over a dozen Reno local mixed media artists, whose gallery space is adjacent to the Nevada Museum of Art.  Their grand opening celebration is Oct. 4th.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

For Your Eyes Only

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September 29 – October 20

For Your Eyes Only is an exhibition of artist’s books that explores the structural possibilities of the book, and includes works by artists and printers Julie Chen, Tim Ely, Peter Koch, Eunkang Koh, Patti Scobey, Barbara Tetenbaum, and more.

The Light Circus – Art of Nevada Neon Signs

October 13 – February 10, 2013

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 The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs have not been seen publicly since they illuminated street side locales decades ago.

THE DISCOVERY

Worldwide Day of Play

October 6

Celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play by getting out and getting active. To help, The Discovery is offering two children’s yoga classes… one for kids age 4-7 and one for kids age 8-12. Classes start with singing and then connect movements to nature, starting a brand new generation of yogis!

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.

Reno-Tahoe is rich in art

Reno-Tahoe is more than a basecamp for outdoor adventure or a hub for casino gaming. The region also boasts a rich history from its Native American roots to its foundation during the frontier days of the western expansion.

Today, ties to the past are reflected in many of the region’s 31 museums, while an active community of enthusiasts continues to position Reno-Tahoe on the cutting edge of art. Here’s a sample of the area’s diverse offerings:

  • Nevada Museum of Art
    Divided into five focus areas, the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, consists of over 1,900 works of art organized around the general themes of land and environment. The museum also features traveling exhibitions.
  • Nevada State Museum
    The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits include a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, the Carson City Mint, and Native American displays.
  • National Automobile Museum
    The National Automobile Museum, Reno, displays approximately 175 cars, many of which came from gaming magnate William F. Harrah’s famous collection. The collection’s stars include the 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris race. Other vehicles appear in rotation on the museum’s “streets” in three galleries.
  • Fourth Ward School Museum
    Abandoned to the elements, the Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, seemed doomed until it was resurrected in 1986, 50 years after the school closed its doors. Since that time hundreds of thousands of visitors have made their way to the school celebrate Virginia City’s glorious past as a frontier town during the gold and silver boom.
  • Wilbur D. May Museum
    The Wilbur D. May Museum, Reno, features the accumulated trinkets and treasures from more than 30 trips and safaris the eccentric son of a department store magnate made in the 1920s and 1930s. Since May rarely collected just one of anything, cases are crammed with T’ang Dynasty animals and African masks; hundreds of Oriental miniatures, dozens of pistols and rifles. Gobelin tapestries and Navajo rugs are among objects decorating the walls.
  • Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
    The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, Carson City, is dedicated to providing education and entertainment to children ages 2 and up and families through exhibits and programs that focus on the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum
    The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada, including locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Much of the museum equipment was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were often featured in movies and television.
    Museum activities consist of operation of historic railroad equipment, including train rides, handcar rides, lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, changing exhibits, and a variety of special events.

Click here for a complete Reno-Tahoe museum listings, or tell us about your favorite Reno-Tahoe museum in the comment section.