The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art invites “Plural” artist and scholar Catherine Borg at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. Watch as Borg unloads her “Scouted” series, a re-contextualization of location shots behind the traditional Martin Scorsese film Casino ( 1995 ). Integrating historical research study and a screening of her own work on video, the artist deals with the concealed labor of the culture industry and the connections it creates between the spectacle Las Vegas presents to the world and the network of personal areas where we live and work. Join us at the Barrick to explore the intricacies of our city’s historical record.
The night’s program includes a screening of video works by Borg made in between 2003 and 2010 consisting of: “All-American, Experiment Phantom Location” (with Amy Yoes), “I just have stars for you; you only hold stars for me,” and “Self-tending” with 2017 rating.
About the artist: Baltimore-based artist Catherine Borg uses photography, video, and other media to reposition her audience within the stories of identifiable cultural phenomena. The works consisted of in “Plural” become part of Borg’s project “Scouted: An Unintended Archive from the Search for a Cinematic Vegas,” which appropriates and re-contextualizes materials from UNLV Unique Collections. The images, originally developed by area scouts, have been reframed to expand the archival record of Las Vegas to include life “off the Strip” and to think about the labor and by-products of the culture industry. Her work has actually existed internationally, with exhibits and screenings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Contemporary Art Center in Las Vegas.