The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art invites you to a reception from 5– 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, to welcome three new exhibitions at the Barrick, along with shows at the Donna Beam, Grant Hall Gallery, and Lied Library, that examine methods which different artists have checked out the intersection of identity and type. The reception is totally free and available to the public.PLURAL.
Plural features recently donated artworks from the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art’s long-term collection that check out complex elements of human identity through a range of conventional and non-traditional media. Memory, enthusiasm, voice, excess, race, gender, and intersectionality all are brought into question as we look for methods which a museum collection can reflect our own multifaceted understanding of who we are.
This exhibition features artwork by China Adams, Linda Alterwitz, Audrey Barcio, Tim Bavington, Elizabeth Blau, Catherine Borg, Diane Bush, Gig Depio, Andreana Donahue, Jacqueline Ehlis, Justin Favela, Ash Ferlito with Matt Taber, Noelle Garcia, Nancy Good, Maureen Halligan, Clarity Haynes, Stephen Hendee, Brent Holmes, Bobbie Ann Howell, Alexa Hoyer, Eri King, Branden Koch, Fay Ku, Wendy Kveck, Eric LoPresti, Julie Oppermann, Tom Pfannerstill, Krystal Ramirez, Kim Rugg, JK Russ, Sean Russell, Daniel Samaniego, Aaron Sheppard, Sean Slattery, Lance Smith, Brent Sommerhauser, Laurens Tan, Ryan Wallace, Mary Warner, Mikayla Whitmore, Thomas Ray Willis, Amy Yoes, and Almond Zigmund.
VESSEL: Ceramics of Ancient West Mexico.
” VESSEL” explores the relationship between form and function through ancient West Mexican ceramics. The exhibition is arranged by shape, and visitors are welcomed to ponder how the form of each vessel informs both practical use and interacts concepts of power, identity, and belief. Curated by UNLV alumna and museum personnel Paige Bockman, ’15 MA Anthropology.
IDENTITY TAPESTRY by Mary Corey March
” Identity Tapestry” is both a portrait of a neighborhood and each private participant. Inviting visitors to weave aspects of themselves into a participatory art work, artist Mary Corey March gives us new insights into both ourselves and the people we see around us every day, opening our minds to reflection and recovery in the consequences of the Oct. 1 disaster. The 20-foot-long setup, made from hand-dyed yarn, and declarations of identity and lived experience that range from “I am a woman” to” I am lucky” will join UNLV’s long-term collection. This exhibit and accompanying programs are produced by the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and Nevada Liberal arts, with support from the UNLV College of Fine Arts, and the National Endowment for the Liberal arts.
Holly Lay and Brandon Lacow will hold receptions for their MFA thesis exhibitions in Grant Hall Gallery (Lay) and Donna Beam (Lacow), while the Lied Library opens “Building Las Vegas,” a historic assessment of the city’s architecture curated by Aaron Mayes.
Associated Exhibition Shows.
Mind This! Workshop & on Mindfulness & the Art Encounter with Matthew BrensilverSponsored by the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute and the Barrick Museum, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Museum Gallery
Artist Talk and Workshop: The Art and Science of Color Theory with Julie OppermannFeb. 12, 7 p.m.
University Forum Lecture: What We Can Learn From Ancient Maya Ceramicsby Laura Kosakowsky, teacher of anthropology, University of Arizona, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
” Nevada Humanities Pop-Up Beauty Parlor: Art with Social Function,” May 4 at The Writer’s Block. Free and available to all.
The Las Vegas Zine Libraryhas actually found a brand-new home at the Barrick Museum. Assembled by regional zine custodians Jeff Grindley and Stephanie Seiler, the library encompasses eccentric and intimate home-made publications from all around the globe. Previously housed within the walls of downtown’s Emergency situation Arts behind the left Beat Coffeehouse, the zines will be readily available for searching at their new location during regular museum hours from Feb. 2 onward, with zinemaking workshops and programs to come.
Entry to the Barrick is always complimentary.