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Exhibits to Visit: September

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

The Discovery

IMG_2344Happy 1st Birthday, The Discovery!

September 6 – 9, 2012

The celebration will include birthday themed art projects, science demonstrations, a discounted admission day, exhibitions of Denny Daniel’s “Museum of Interesting Things,” a performance by Whitney Myer and more. For a complete calendar of events, click here.

The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions. The museum inspires creativity and innovation in adults and children by providing a hands-on introduction to inventions that have shaped modern society.     

DSC_0023 International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

Funded by the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Reno artist Eileen Gay created the 700-pound sculpture, Pin Setting, in less than four months. Gay worked seven days a week for the last two months of the project, constructing the eight-foot pin, perfecting the bowling ball which is five-feet in diameter and covering approximately 120-sqaure-feet of space with detailed mosaic. Pin Setting puts the final permanent touch on Reno’s International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame.

Nevada Museum of Art

Tim Hawkinson

Totem: Internationally-acclaimed artist Tim Hawkinson is known for his complex sculptures. Made from bronze, this single sculpture Totem evokes the forms of discarded plastic bottles or jugs, inviting conversations about water, land, and the challenges Native American cultures have faced related to these natural resources.

Click here for more featured exhibits inside the Nevada Museum of Art.

Exhibits to Visit: August

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

ssThe Discovery

August 18, 6 – 9pm

Social Science:

A 21 and over event fare from local food trucks and libations from local brewers and bars; including, Dish Truck, Full Belly Deli, Mamasake, Red Truck, Lazy Sundae and Island Ice with drinks provided by Craft, Great Basin Brewing Co. and St. James Infirmary. Be a kid and enjoy science demos, art projects, and open museum exploration!

Tickets for Social Science are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nvdm.org or at the museum’s admission desk during normal museum hours. The ticket price includes admission to museum, a commemorative cup, two drinks and participation in the art activities and science demos.

Don’t forget, the museum is just $4 after 4pm on Wednesdays!

227Nevada Museum of Art

Andrew Rogers Contemporary Geoglyphs

Australian sculptor and photographer Andrew Rogers began making large-scale geoglyphs in 1999 to create meditative spaces on each continent of the globe. Geoglyphs are large-scale designs made on the ground by either removing materials such as surface soils, gravel, and small rocks, or by rearranging preexisting stones and natural materials.

Museum Store Yard Sale

August 1 – 12

Look for up to 40% off on selected items from the store covering a wide range and variety of products. Admission to the Sale is free.

PREMIERE LECTURE Photographer Richard Ross on Juvenile-In-Justice

Thursday, August 23 / 6 pm

Photographer Richard Ross presents his work in Juvenile-In-Justice, relating the stories and interviews of juvenile offenders that he has collected over the past five years.

Tickets: $20/$15 Museum members

This premiere lecture is sponsored exclusively by RBC Wealth Management.

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

Recycling #2, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001MEDEdward Burtynsky: Oil

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.

dollar nightNATIONAL AUTOMIBILE MUSEUM

$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.

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.

Every Second Saturday of the Month is FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art

news2nd-Saturday-Kids-DirecFamily and friends can enjoy a day at the Museum for FREE on the Second Saturday of each month. In November and December visitors can enjoy the Museum’s signature photography collection The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment. Make an afternoon of it and stop by Café Museé for lunch. Find some early holiday gifts at the Museum Store – full of unique toys, stationery and glass items.

•         November 12 / 10 am – 5 pm

•         December 10 / 10 am – 5 pm

news_2nd-saturdaysSecond Saturdays are FREE thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation

Visit the museum’s website at http://www.nevadaart.org for more information.

Giving Thanks in Reno Tahoe: Holiday Feasts, Donating Gizzards & SNOW

Fall leavesCan you believe 2011 is only seven weeks away?! Where has 2010 gone? Each year I find myself asking the same question. I’m sure  it doesn’t help that in Reno Tahoe there are at least 260 days of special events each year – helping the year just whiz by.

But the year is not over yet! With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to dust off those ski boots, dig out the winter gear from the basement and prepare to feast! If you’re in Reno Tahoe over Thanksgiving, the area has LOTS to offer. We’ve compiled a list of happenings in the area – enjoy! (Just a friendly reminder – as you’re digging for your winter duds, be sure to unpack the “comfy” pants for a more pleasant feasting experience.)

Let someone else slave over the stove: Don’t feel like whipping up a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast this year? DON’T! You’ve earned it! Let the chefs of Reno Tahoe do the work for you.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Give thanks with family and friends at the Nugget, where chefs will prepare Thanksgiving feasts to satisfy every taste. Holiday menus will be served on Thursday, November 25 only. 

Thanksgiving_BallroomFeast on limitless options at The Rotisserie and Convention Centerbuffets. From the salad bar, start with Peel and Eat Shrimp, Smoked Seafood Platter, Nugget’s Caesar Salad and Roasted Vegetable Salad, as well as tossed green salad and Asparagus Artichoke Salad. Entrees include Roasted Tom Turkey, Beef Sauté Hunter Style and Seafood Medley Sauté Rigatoni Alfredo. The Carving Station will serve up the Nugget’s Famous Rock Salt Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Honey Glazed Ham. For dessert, choose from an array of pies, cobblers, fruit tarts, mousses, ice cream with toppings and options with no sugar added. The Rotisserie will be serving 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 pm. to 9 p.m., while the Convention Center buffet runs from Noon to 7 p.m. The price at both locations is $22.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 5-11.

A gourmet buffet at the impeccableRestaurante Orozkooffers a salad station which includes King Crab on Ice, Gulf Prawns, Marinated Grilled Vegetable Salad and Exotic Tropical Fruit Platter. The hot entree selections include Fresh Roast Tom Turkey with Sausage Cran-Raisin Stuffing & Giblet Gravy, Armagnac Glazed Short Ribs of Beef, Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin with Mango Chutney, Sautéed Seafood ala Newburg and Grilled Medallions of Salmon with Plum Tomato Kalamata Olive Relish. There is a carving station and extensive desert selection as well. This special buffet will be served from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The price is $29.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 5-11.

The Steakhouse Grill will serve a limited specialty three-course menu, featuring Roasted Free Range Turkey, Crushed Pepper Crusted Elk Loin or Broiled Pacific Salmon Steak. The price is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. The Steakhouse Grill will serve from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trader Dick’s specialty three-course menu will feature an entree choice of Roasted Tom Turkey, New York Strip Loin Cantonese or King Crab Legs with Ginger Scallions. The price is $31.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 5-11. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rosie’s Café will serve a three-course selection as well, featuring Roasted Tom Turkey, Honey Cured Glazed Ham or Seared Salmon Filet. The price will be $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 5-11. Rosie’s Café is open 24 hours, but the special holiday menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The regular menu will also be available.

Silver LegacySilver Legacy Resort: Chefs at the Silver Legacy are working overtime to make sure every guest enjoys a hassle-free holiday meal this November 25. Special menus have been created at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Flavors! the Buffet and the Silver Baron Ballroom Buffet to appeal to every table.  Silver Legacy provides both casual and fine dining options serving traditional Turkey Day favorites as well as delectable specialty dishes prepared for those looking to truly treat themselves this Thanksgiving.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day the Silver Baron Ballroom will be filled for a Thanksgiving feast featuring classics like oven roasted turkey, candied sweet potatoes and holiday ambrosia and specialty dishes such as steamed snow crab legs, tortellini carbonara and honey stung chicken.  Don’t forget dessert!  A huge dessert spread will include Gran Mariner mousse, apple cranberry cobbler, chocolate fudge cake and of course, pumpkin pie.  Adults dine for $19.99 and children 6 to 12 eat for $9.99 in the Silver Baron Ballroom this Thanksgiving. 

Fine dining doesn’t have to wait, make reservations at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse to experience an elegant Thanksgiving dining experience.  This four course menu starts with carpaccio of filet mignon or a shrimp cocktail and a holiday salad with fresh pomegranate or fall pumpkin bisque.  Enjoy a classic platter of turkey, dressing, yams, mashed potatoes and vegetables with homemade gravy and cranberry sauce.  A special dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon sour cream crust and warm fresh cranberry compote concludes the meal, served for $46 per person beginning at 5 p.m.

Flavors! the Buffet will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Fill your plate with favorites from the carving station and special dishes such as fresh seafood ravioli, steamed clams, autumn squash bisque and pork Milanese.  Keep to tradition with a platter of roasted turkey and honey ham, cranberry sauce and grandma’s apple sage dressing.  Save room for desserts like peach cobbler, bread pudding with rum sauce, brownies, chocolate fudge cake, pumpkin pie and more!   The whole family can enjoy this feast, just $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children ages 6 to 12.

EldoradoEldorado Hotel Casino: From traditional dishes to dinners that put a new spin on everyone’s old favorites, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is the place to fill your plate this Thanksgiving.  Special menus and pricing will be available in The Buffet, Tivoli Gardens, The Prime Rib Grill and Roxy on Thursday, November 25.  Giving thanks never tasted so good!

For a creative take on a Thanksgiving feast visit Tivoli Gardens, where diners can enjoy a choice of Caesar salad or butternut squash and pear soup, turkey scaloppine a’la La Strada with roasted rosemary potatoes, acorn squash and a slice of pumpkin pie or tiramisu all for just $14.99 per person from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Buffet is serving all your traditional American favorites this Thanksgiving in addition to our popular peel and eat shrimp, mushroom ravioli and top class carving station.  The Buffet is your spot whether you’re in the mood for a classic turkey dinner with all the delicious fixings or something new like Dungeness crab, orange rosemary lamb, lobster bolognaise or roasted duck.  The chefs are also putting a new spin on some Thanksgiving favorites; with turkey chili, turkey pozole or a turkey pot pie The Buffet has everyone’s favorite flavors of the season.  Adults enjoy for only $22.95 and kids for just $11.50 on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. until close.  Club Eldorado Gold members and above pay just $17.95 for this amazing feast.

An unforgettable four course Thanksgiving masterpiece awaits guests at Roxy, where guests will enjoy cinnamon squash soup with cream fraiche, a butter leaf salad with blue cheese, persimmon, candied walnuts and a cranberry vinaigrette, house smoked ham and roasted Diestel turkey, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes, crispy green beans and pumpkin pie with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert for $35 per adult or $17 for children 12 and under.

At The Prime Rib Grill chefs have created a delicious Thanksgiving menu with extra flair for just $22.95 per person beginning at 4 p.m.  Start with a butternut squash and pear soup and a trip to the famous salad bar.  Then enjoy roasted turkey carved to order and topped with fixings including apple-sage dressing, homemade gravy, yam and sweet potato mash, green bean casserole and fresh cranberry sauce.  A special holiday dessert will also be presented by the Eldorado’s expert bakers. 

KhanDonate your gizzard: If waiting in ungodly long lines before the sun rises the day after Thanksgiving isn’t your thing, pack up the family and head north to the Animal Ark to see Mother Nature in all her natural glory. Plus, if you have any raw turkey necks and gizzards left over from your holiday meal, the critters at the Ark will be very grateful for the donation. Check out the coyotes and bobcats as they put on their gorgeous winter coats and witness as the bears prepare for their long winter hibernation.

Tap into your creative side: Let’s be honest. For some of us, the day after Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of recovery. Rather than stay at home tempted by the lure of leftovers, why not explore Reno’s arts and culture? There is less than one week remaining to check out Pablo Picasso’s Musical Instruments exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. Or jump right into the next holiday with the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s newest musical production – Christmas on Broadway.  Shop for unique gifts at John Ascuaga’s Nugget and Williams LTD ”Crafts for Christmas event November 26-28 at the Nugget’s Rose Ballroom. The event is free and will feature more than 100 Christmas craft and gift booths.  Had enough arts? Watch the Nevada Wolfpack as they take on Boise St, or catch the Reno Bighorns in action against Bakersfield. The leftovers will always be there, these exhibits and sporting events won’t.

Snow BranchLet is snow, let is snow! This weekend the daytime highs in Reno are falling into the mid-30s and the National Weather Service is calling for a 70% chance of snow Saturday and Sunday! Skiers and boarders across Reno Tahoe will be donning a permagrin in anticipation. A handful of ski resorts are preparing to open for the 2010-2011 season! After loading up on a delicious Thanksgiving feast, you’ll be sufficiently fed to shred the slopes!

Alpine Meadows – opening December 10

Boreal Mountain Resort – open to the top

Diamond Peak – opening December 16

Homewood Mountain Resort – opening TBA

Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe – opening November 19

Northstar-at-Tahoe – opening November 19

Royal Gorge Cross Country  – opening TBA 

Soda Springs – opening TBA

Spooner Lake Cross Country – opening TBA

Squaw Valley USA – opening November 20

Sugar Bowl – opening TBA

Tahoe Cross Country – opening TBA

Tahoe Donner Cross Country – opening TBA

Tahoe Donner Downhill – opening December 10

Happy holidays from all of us here at Visit Reno Tahoe!

New Exhibit: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America

American_FlamingoWe in Reno Tahoe are so excited this special exhibit is finally open at the Nevada Museum of Art .  The exhibition runs Nov. 7 – Feb. 13and is the ideal winter and holiday activity for families.

The Nevada Museum of Art has teamed up with the Lahontan Audubon Society to offer bird walks and a book club, housed inside of a massive tent. Tables are also set up in the gallery for use by guests of all ages and includes a great interactive birding map of Reno, as well as a field guide and activity book for children.

Prints for the John James Audubon exhibit were purchased using funds from the Dana Rose Richardson Memorial Fund that was set up by the friends and family of Dana Rose Richardson – a Reno designer and business woman – who passed away in March 2010.

So, who is John James Audubon?

He was an explorer, naturalist, writer, and one of the most important artists of the nineteenth century. From 1820 to 1838 he traversed the eastern and central United States to depict nearly five-hundred species of birds—giving special attention to the complex interrelationships between the animals and their natural habitats. In 1863, about ten years after Audubon’s death, his wife Lucy sold the family’s core collection of Audubon material to the New York Historical Society, including hundreds of Audubon’s original watercolors, many of which were the basis for his Birds of America series. This exhibition features fifty of Audubon’s most dramatic and life-sized watercolor depictions from the first-edition printing of The New York Historical Society Edition.

Major sponsorship for the exhibition provided by Goldcorp, USA and the Louise A. Tarble Foundation. This program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the national Endowment for the Arts, a federal Agency. Media sponsorship generously provided by edible Reno-Tahoe magazine.

-Rachel Milon

Renowned Artist Chester Arnold Premieres Exhibition at Nevada Museum of Art

Arnold_EntropicLandscapeSMFor artist Chester Arnold, painting is as much about politics and social responsibility as it is about crafting luscious large-scale oil paintings in the tradition of nineteenth-century European artists. With sometimes dark humor, the paintings in Chester Arnold: On Earth as It Is in Heaven opening August 14 at the Nevada Museum of Art, asks viewers to consider the impacts of human and industrial consumption, accumulation, and waste on the natural environment.

Since he began painting over three decades ago, West Coast-based artist Arnold has cleverly confronted a range of challenging subjects. Concerned about the increasing impact of human interventions on landscapes in a densely populated and deeply consumer-driven world, Arnold’s work questions the nature of human beings’ relationship to the landscape, offering cautionary warnings about society’s unbridled cycles of production and consumption on an industrial scale.

“My paintings are a big conversation I’m having with the world,” Arnold says of the richly-painted canvases spanning his thirty year career. Many of the paintings in the exhibition are based loosely on real environmental scenarios, such as the monumental canyon of discarded automobile tires that populates Arnold’s Entropic Landscape—a real larger-than-life discarded tire pile exists in California’s Central Valley. Arnold’s images of deforestation and tree harvesting BusinessSMin paintings such as Histories (2010) are not unlike the paintings of similar despoiled landscapes painted by nineteenth century American artists working long before him. And Arnold has also made three paintings of large-scale strip mines, including Holding Pond (1996) seen from an aerial view. The sublime terraced canyons are punctuated by smoky canyons and smoldering fires with holding ponds that contain mineral-rich, blood-red or copper-green drainage run-off that has been left behind by the mining process. Arnold’s depictions of such altered landscapes bring the consequences of human progress to the attention of viewers.

“The pieces in this exhibition engage with issues of work and labor, nature and environment, industrial production and consumption, and the amassing and disposal of consumer products,” says Ann M. Wolfe, Curator and Exhibitions and Collections, Nevada Museum of Art. “The works are both cautionary and confessional, revealing human foibles and follies and what Arnold considers to be their devastating consequences. Arnold’s landscape paintings also ask viewers to consider how human activities—of both the individual and large-scale industries—impact the landscape.”

Also featured in the exhibition is a series of paintings Arnold calls Accumulations, which reveal the ongoing cycle of consumption and disposal resulting from mass production. First created during the late 1990s, a time in American history noted for its booming economic prosperity, Arnold navigates America’s seeming disregard for accumulating and discarding mass-produced merchandise.

HistoriesSMUnderlying Arnold’s critiques of America’s consumer culture is an implicit acknowledgment of the economic engine driving mass production. Many of Arnold’s paintings allude to corporate business culture and the resources required to keep offices running throughout the country. The Business in America is Business (2008) and Means of Communication (2008) both depict streets littered with discarded office correspondence, perhaps cast from the skyscrapers of urban financial districts during past ticker-tape parades. It is especially ironic that the global financial services firm Lehman Brothers acquired one of Arnold’s paper accumulation paintings, Means of Communication (2008), for its corporate art collection not long before the company declared bankruptcy in 2008—the largest U.S. bankruptcy filing in history.

“Arnold’s works ask viewers to consider how one’s individual behaviors interface with ongoing cycles of industrial production and consumption,” says Ann M. Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Nevada Museum of Art. “They ask us to acknowledge and celebrate hard work, but to consider the irrevocable consequences of our labors.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, a special dialogue between San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker and artist Chester Arnold takes place Saturday, September 11 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Join Baker and Arnold as they discuss Arnold’s work on display in the Feature Gallery. A reception following dialogue is included in the ticket price. Cost: $15/$12 Museum Members; $18 at the door.

Chester Arnold: On Earth as It Is in Heaven is presented at the Nevada Museum of Art from August 14 through October 17, 2010 as part of the Museum’s wide-ranging Art + Environment Series, which provides timely, engaging, and rewarding educational opportunities for artists, scholars, and communities to engage with ideas pertinent to the intersections of art and environments. In 2009, the Museum launched the Center for Art + Environment, an international initiative that supports the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and the natural, built, and virtual environments. A book, published in conjunction with the exhibition, will be available in the Museum Store featuring essays by Ann M. Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections and Colin M. Robertson, Curator of Education.

The Rotund World of Botero

The Nevada Museum of Art presents an ambitious exhibition boasting over 100 paintings and thousands of pounds of bronze sculptures, through the unforgettable works of Colombian painter, sculptor, and draftsman Fernando Botero in The Baroque World of Fernando Botero.

Drawn exclusively from Botero’s personal collection, the 100 works featured in this exhibition, including previously unpublished paintings and drawings, represent the full scope of his work from a uniquely personal perspective.

Many of these—portraits of friends and family members and remembered scenes—have remained in the artist’s possession since their creation, while others he has bought back from collectors over the years because they mark significant developments in his career. For example, Still Life with a Mandolin, painted in 1957, was the first time Botero enlarged the volume of the musical instrument in a manner now identified as the artists’ own style.

“This exhibition is both thought-provoking and inspirational to audiences of all ages and is not only a show for those who appreciate modern and contemporary Latin American art. The intricate sculptures and paintings in this exhibition reflect Botero’s radical, unique and humorous style. From gigantic bronze sculptures to paintings, this exhibition is the perfect opportunity to experience Botero’s engaging and dramatic works.”

Botero’s exaggerated and rounded forms depict the comedy of human life – moving or wry, with mocking observation or with deep emotion. His first images draw upon the Spanish colonial baroque style, rich with decoration and flourish, gaudy angels and tormented saints.  Some of the key works in the exhibition connect Botero’s own past with the present of his homeland,  The exhibition also presents a section on everyday life in South America: women observed in the intimacy of their boudoir, street scenes, dance halls, and the suggestion of houses of ill repute.

Dates: May 1 through July 25, 2010 every Wednesday through Sunday.
Location: Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno.
Cost: Museum members free; $10 adults; $8 students/seniors; $1 children 6 – 12; free for children five and under.

For more information, please call 775.329.3333 or visit www.nevadaart.org.