On February 9, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art will debut its Spring 2018 programs. 3 significant exhibitions– Plural, Identity Tapestry and Vessel– will show the depth and breadth that Southern Nevada’s leading museum deals. Here’s exactly what to anticipate:
Plural The Barrick’s long-term collection has always been noteworthy. Plural features new acquisitions from an all-star roster of almost 50 worldwide artists connected to Las Vegas in some way. “Some of the themes are challenging. Some of the work is aggressive,” Interim Director Alisha Kerlin states. “Plural will make you re-evaluate the quality of art that Las Vegas can provoke.”
More than a year in the making, the program was influenced by the Barrick’s 50th anniversary in 2017. “All this is still in motion,” the Barrick’s D.K. Sole says. “This is not some sort of victorious point where we plan to stop; it’s more a tip of the instructions we want to travel in the future.”
Sole, in charge of research study and academic engagement, asks herself: “How can we show to a young CCSD trip that they, too, can be artists from Las Vegas, if we’re only revealing them work by one group of individuals?”
The response: A wide array of products, designs, sizes and voices. “We have things like Andreana Donahue’s paper sculpture, ‘rake,’ made with natural products from the environment around her in Alaska, as well as more traditional oil-on-canvas metaphorical work by Gig Depio.” Sole says.
The pieces in Plural range from drawing and photography to costuming and ceramics. Artists consist of Tim Bavington, Mary Warner, Lance Smith, Krystal Ramirez, JK Russ, Justin Favela, Maureen Halligan, Nancy Good Linda Alterwitz, Mikayla Whitmore, Noelle Garcia and Aaron Sheppard.
Vessel: Ceramics of Ancient West Mexico Archeologist and Barrick staffer Paige Bockman curates this show, with a goal of highlighting the “innovations, ability and intelligence that ancient individuals needed to have in order to make these items.” Since the museum’s collection of artifacts is so large, she picked only ceramic vessels from west Mexico from 300 BCE to 400 CE. Because the Mayans and Aztecs usually get the most attention, Bockman wished to study and highlight this “significant and accomplished” cultural group.
Identity Tapestry In her interactive piece, entitled “Identity Tapestry,” California artist Mary Corey March sets the stage for a journey into the self, however it depends on the audience to take the actions. The installation begins with a couple of hundred balls of yarn, hand-dyed various colors and each twisted around a stone. Think of them as lives yet to be lived. On the wall, more than 200 identity declarations declare: “I’m drawn in to females”; “I’m a mother”; “I have fought in a war”; “I love to prepare”; “I have actually seen somebody die.” These represent lived experience.
One at a time, viewers take a yarn-wrapped stone and walk through the declarations, covering the yarn around each declaration that applies. The tapestry forms as each thread of yarn weaves over and under shared private experiences. “People do it playfully, and after that it can get sort of intense,” March says. “It’s difficult to face difficult ideas.”
Barrick Museum Spring Exhibitions Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. (Thursdays up until 8 p.m.); Saturday, noon– 5 p.m. Opening reception February 9, 5-9 p.m., UNLV, 702-895-3381.