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$2 Date Night at the Museum

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A can of food and $2 is your license to “Date Night” at the National Automobile Museum tonight!

May 10, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 p.m bring $2 and a can a food to the National Automobile Museum to help drive away hunger, and gear up for a night of fun! Donate a non-perishable food item for the Nothern Nevada Food Bank and pay only $2 per person to experience “One of America’s Five Greatest Auto Museums.”

The Museum is staying open late, so grab a date or a group of friends and rev up your summer.

Sirens of Chrome Exhibit Takes Visitors on Visual Joyride at the National Automobile Museum

Exhibit tracing 100-years of women and auto shows now open

They’ve been called models, sex symbols and eye candy, but the best attribute of these engaging automotive specialists was their ability to sell cars by enticing customers with facts, not just glamour. The fascinating women of the auto shows are featured in the newest exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, Sirens of Chrome: The Allure of the Auto Show Models.

Sirens of Chrome takes visitors on a visual joyride through auto show history and features a treasure trove of rare images of turn-of-the-century goddesses, 1950s sex symbols and today’s highly trained product specialists.  The exhibit showcases posters and photographs of human hood ornaments, fast cars and vintage auto show fashions.

“The talent at auto shows throughout the past century has actually gone through as much of an evolution as the cars themselves,” said Margery Krevsky, founder and owner of Productions Plus–The Talent Shop, a nationwide company that recruits, outfits and trains talent for auto shows. Krevsky is also author of the award-winning book, Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models, which served as the muse for the exhibit.  “Auto show models truly morphed from ‘plaster to poster to person’ and now serve as ambassadors of their brand who entice customers with facts and vehicle comparison information.”

Following the format of the book, the Sirens of Chrome exhibit includes many historical photos that have been carefully culled from private collections, auto enthusiast portfolios and the National Automotive Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library together; they tell the larger story of auto show models and the timeless allure of automobiles.

Attendees of the Sirens of Chrome exhibit will discover whose “body” inspired the Rolls-Royce hood ornament and who sat in a “rumble seat” with 1930s silver-screen goddess Joan Blondell.  They will see the depth of information included from the Dagmar Bumpers, gawk at the over-the-top opulence of the Somali leopard pelt-upholstered 1950 Cadillac Debutante and view in wonder at the fur-clad model atop a Soviet-built Lada.  In total, the exhibit features nearly 75 pieces, mostly photographs, posters, auto show programs and automobile magazine covers.

Also on display are several costumes, which add sizzle to the Sirens of Chrome theme from space age tech to Hollywood glamour, on loan from Karen Burns Productions’ collection of more than 1,200 authentic costumes from the world-famous MGM stage show, Hello Hollywood Hello.

An Evening with Margery Krevsky: Sirens of Chrome

Sirens of Chrome Book CoverSirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models author Margery Krevsky will share behind-the-scenes insights and personal anecdotes while telling her story of defying trends in the auto industry to celebrate the opening of the newest exhibit at the National Automobile Museum based on her book. She co-founded Productions Plus in 1981 and the agency rapidly became one of the major players in selecting, outfitting and training talent for auto shows across America. Krevsky, dubbed “The Queen Bee of the Car Show Models” by Forbes, will wrap up the evening by signing copies of her book, Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models.

When:  Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection

What: Presentation and book signing with Margery Krevsky. Wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for the public.

Exhibits to Visit: July

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

June 30 – October 28

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer who creates bridges between sound art and contemporary visual culture. Through music, photographs and film stills from his journey to the Antarctic, along with original artworks, and re-appropriated archival materials, Miller uses Antarctica as an entry point for contemplating humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

1_paulatturntableLive Performance: July 21, 7 – 10pm

A BIG live music performance is coming up at the Museum: world-renowned DJ Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid. Paul has a huge international following and plays around the world in venues from France to Japan to Mexico City. He is a featured artist on Syfy Channel’s “Imagine Greater” series, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in New York City. Tickets are $15 / $10 Museum members. Local food trucks and two cash bars will be open during the event. DJ Frkse opens the show.

THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM

New Summer Hours (through Aug. 26):

Monday and Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy daily art activities in Art Alcove and a seismic challenge for two different age groups called “Make Your Own Quake” set for July 21st, 28th and 29th. For more information about these and other activities at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org.

NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

namMovin’ & Groovin’ Party at the National Automobile Museum

Friday, July 20, 2012, 7 – 10 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to see and party with the Mutant Rides exhibit before it closes.

This will also mark the first day of the first ever ArtCar Fest Reno!  Art Cars from around the country and Canada will be featured in the National Automobile Museum parking lot and Harrod Blank and the artists from the fest and in the exhibit will be introduced.  An endless loop slide presentation of art cars & mutants will be presented.

Mutant Rides: Origin of a Species

They began a spontaneously, a change in the genetic code, and evolved from the assemble line to an emerging species on the Black Rock Desert.  These rolling works of art are now deeply entrenched in the culture of Burning Man. Imagine a world of motorized vehicles where boundaries are limitless, imaginations rule and the bizarre becomes the norm.

Exhibits to Visit: June

The Reno Tahoe region boasts 32 museums! Between river rafting, spa days, and nature hikes this summer, check out the featured exhibits and events at one of the awe-inspiring museums in Reno Tahoe USA.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

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One of the most well-known contemporary photographers in the world – Edward Burtynsky – is featured at the Nevada Museum of Art, June 9 – September 23. Burtynsky will be at the Museum for the opening of the exhibition on June 8 and giving a lecture on June 9. Such a great opportunity to get to meet with an artist and discuss his work!

Arthur and Lucia Mathews: Highlights of the California Decorative Style

Arthur and Lucia Mathews are widely acknowledged as two of California’s most prolific artists working in what is widely known as the California Decorative Style during the early twentieth century. The aesthetic they fostered incorporated classical references, idyllic landscapes and a muted tonal color palette applied to a variety of works from murals and paintings to wooden frames and decorative objects. Visit their exhibit, June 16 – October 14.

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$1 Night at the National Automobile Museum

On June 13th, 4 – 9pm if you bring one can of food the National Automobile Museum will admit you for $1! The food will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. This is a great opportunity for families with multiple children and an easy affordable way to give back.

calendar_homemadepaperTHE DISCOVERY

June 9-10: Use recycled materials to make your own robot and explore simple circuitry to make parts of your robot light up!

June 16-17: Learn about all the cool things there are to do outside in the great state of Nevada and make your own journal to record your adventures.

June 20 and 23: Make your own paper by using traditional paper-making techniques and a very unique extruding process.

Exhibits to Visit: May

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

Exhibitions:

Celebrate Art of the Tiffany Era – Three unique exhibitions open through May 20

The Tiffany family design legacy is celebrated in this unique mix of exhibitions featuring Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass of the art nouveau era and a rare collection of Tiffany & Co.’s decorative firearms. Charles Lewis Tiffany established Tiffany & Co. in 1837; his son Louis Comfort Tiffany later founded Tiffany Studios, renowned for exquisite decorative objects.

Special Events:

2679Mother’s Day Trunk Show

May 12, noon – 3 pm

Find the perfect gift this Mother’s Day from the work of ceramics artist Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk and jewelry artist, Gail Rappa – both Wild Women artists. Admission to the Trunk Show is FREE.

TALK: BRDI and BRAF Present: Candy Chang | Before I Die

May 17, at 6pm

In collaboration with the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Black Rock Design Institute, the Museum welcomes artist, designer, urban planner, and wanderer Candy Chang as she presents her project Before I Die. Recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for the design of our cities, Chang will also discuss her installation of Before I Die in Reno. Networking and social hour with beer provided by Silver Peak Brewery at 5pm. Talk follows at 6pm.

Cost: $10 / $8 Museum members.

ART BITE: Meet the Collectors: The Bloms on Southwest Pottery

May 18, at 12 pm

Brenda and John Blom discuss the range of pottery they have collected from every era and pueblo in the Southwest.

Cost: $10 / FREE with admission and for Museum members

calendar_solareclipseTHE DISCOVERY

Biodegradable Art

May 12, at 11am, and May 12– 13, at 11am and 1pm

Combine art and science when you create your own piece of art made from biodegradable packing peanuts.

Cost: $3/Members Free

Eclipse Viewer

May 19, at 11am, and May 19– 20, at 11am and 1pm

Learn about solar eclipses and view the upcoming eclipse through the safety of the home made viewer you’ll create in this intriguing class.

Cost: $3/Members Free

SPARKS HERITAGE MUSEUM

May 16, at 4 – 10pm

Fiddle and Banjo Workshop, a Nevada Arts Council Folklife Education Program and a free concert to follow!

NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

DSC_0265Mutant Rides: Origin of a Species

They began a spontaneously, a change in the genetic code, and evolved from the assemble line to an emerging species on the Black Rock Desert.  These rolling works of art are now deeply entrenched in the culture of Burning Man. Imagine a world of motorized vehicles where boundaries are limitless, imaginations rule and the bizarre becomes the norm.

Free Admission to the National Automobile Museum for One Day Only

Auto MuseumThe National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, in downtown Reno will be one of more than 1,000 museums and cultural institutions nationwide opening their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors to www.Smithsonian.com on “Museum Day,” Sat. Sept., 25, 2010.

To take advantage of free admission to the National Automobile Museum on the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in Reno, attendees must present a Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Admission Card.

 The Museum Day Admission Card is available in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine and a downloadable version is available on the Museum Day website at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.   

Presented by Smithsonian magazine and Toyota, Museum Day celebrates culture, learning, and knowledge and it reflects the spirit of the magazine.  The event follows the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities.

Anyone can download the Museum Day Admission Card from the Smithsonian website. Museum Day Admission Cards from the magazine or downloaded from the website provide free admission for two people. Only one free admission card is allowed per family; two people maximum.  Additional family members pay the regular price.

“Museum Day is a great opportunity to introduce visitors to the National Automobile Museum and it’s a terrific time for others to rediscover it,” says Museum Executive Director, Jackie Frady.  “Once visitors see our impressive collection, the displays in our Changing Exhibits Gallery and Masterpiece Exhibits they’re very likely to return. Even more importantly, they’ll probably tell their friends about their experience here and that word-of-mouth promotion for us is priceless.”

Last year, approximately 200,000 people participated in Museum Day nationwide.  More than 1,000 museums in all 50 states are expected to participate in the event.

The National Automobile Museum is the only museum in Reno participating in Smithsonian Museum Day.

Auto Museum 2In addition to enjoying the entire collection and two films in the Museum Theatre, Museum Day participants will be able to see two special exhibits at the National Automobile Museum.

 

Motoring Tourist: National Parks Adventure

See the incredible role the automobile played in shaping how we play in this Masterpiece Exhibit. Discover the role the 1910s automobile-loving public played in the creation of a National Park-to-Park Highway, a 5,000-mile scenic loop through 11 western states, connecting 12 national parks. Automobiles connected man and nature like never before and national parks allowed them to mingle. National parks embraced the motoring tourist and suppliers of car camping gear clamored to meet the needs of the traveling public. 

WW I Gets Motorized

 In the Changing Exhibits Gallery see the impact motorized vehicles have had on warfare. Since the dawn of organized warfare, the principle means of military transport was on the backs of men and animals or wagons drawn by them.  World War I would change that. See the 1917 Locomobile Model 48 staff car ordered for General John J. Pershing’s use.  The General would travel by train to battlefields with his Locomobiles on board the train with him. The General would then drive by Locomobile to the battle.  Also see a 1916 GMC WWI ambulance.  The exhibit includes personal treasures of a young WWI sailor – a poignant reminder of the youth who have fought our battles for freedom.

Costs and Contact: The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years.  Children age 5 and younger are free.   Family memberships are available for $70 per year, which includes parents, their children and grandchildren under the age of 19. Free parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot, off Mill Street.   For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org.          

-Content courtesty of Carol Infranca

Auto museum offers ‘Ghost Tours’ in advance of Halloween

automuseumghosttoursSpirited spirits Darrell LaRue, an former car racer, former fireman John Fuller and former mechanic Don Waite share haunting stories of the past during Ghost Tours at the National Automobile Museum in Reno on Saturdays through Oct. 24

Ghost Tours run from 1-4 p.m. and are included with the regular price of admission which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free. The museum is located at 10 S. Lake St. in downtown Reno. Parking is free in the museum lot.

For more information on Ghost Tours at the National Automobile Museum call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org.

Auto museum: Exhibit celebrates first woman to drive across U.S.

alice_ramsey_bodyAn exhibit showcasing the amazing adventure of a 22-year-old from Hackensack, N.J., who became the first woman to drive across the United States in 1909, is open at the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, in downtown Reno. “On the Road with Alice Ramsey: 100 Years Ago” will fill the Changing Exhibits Gallery at the National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St. through Jan. 11, 2010.

Challenged by a sales manager for Maxwell-Briscoe Company, Ramsey drove a 1909 Maxwell Model DA – 30 horsepower Touring Car right out of a New York City showroom and into history.
The company sponsored and publicized the trip to persuade Americans that cars were here to stay. The automobile had recently been invented.

There weren’t a lot of roads at the time, and those that existed were often in questionable condition. Ramsey and her three female companions carried a block and tackle, which they used often.
Ramsey changed tires often and cleaned and tested spark plugs when necessary. When she felt a “skip” in the engine she would hold a hammer against each plug and shorting it against the cylinder jackets to find the problem one. Then she would disassemble it, clean it with fine sand paper and reassemble it.

Alice Ramsey would later be the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

The National Automobile Museum at 10 S. Lake Street in downtown Reno is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free. Parking is free. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org.

Time change for Reno vintage race car parade

corvette-paradeSelect vintage race cars from the field of 100 competing in the Reno Historic Races May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, will parade through downtown Reno Thursday, April 30 starting at 4:30 p.m.

While the historic race cars will hit speeds of up to 185 MPH on the track, they’ll travel a bit slower on their parade route from the National Automobile Museum parking lot on the corner of Mill and Lake streets, through downtown to be showcased in front of the West Street Market.

The racecars will remain downtown until 8 p.m. as part of the Reno River walk District’s first Art Walk.

The Reno Historic Races, now in its 6th year, is honoring Corvettes with Grand Marshall Bob Bondurant.

The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, which benefits from a portion of the sale of race tickets, will have a booth near the racecar display.

Race tickets are $12 each for the public and $10 each for museum members. The group rate for five or more tickets is $10 each. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are good for all three days.

For more information on the parade, contact the National Automobile Museum at 775-333-9300.  For more information on the Reno Historic Races call 818-249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.