Welcome back UNLV students, faculty, and staff! The 2010-2011 school year kicks off at the Barrick Museum with an exciting look at a post-apocalyptic future, a photographic examination of what makes architecture great architecture, and an all-new permanent exhibit. We’ll also be hosting tons of great events all year, including the University Forums, a series of talks by academics on the cutting edge of their fields, and the College of Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series, featuring artists discussing what makes their work tick.
We have a great year planned, and look forward to sharing it with you!
At the Museum
Current and Upcoming Exhibits
The Textiles of Dark Age Era North America: with The Ice Next Time by artist Stephen Hendee. August 27 through October 23rd.
The Ice Next Time is an exhibition of fictional post-apocalypse textiles, clothing, and artifacts. The objects are presented with post-dated interpretive panels describing the narrative arc of catastrophe, social disruption, and civilization's eventual return. "This exhibition subverts speculative representations of the apocalypse,” says the artist, Stephen Hendee, “to highlight the dependence we have on digital media, which has augmented our collective memory and experience." In our world filled with mass media entertainment, virtual communities, and instantaneous communication, this exhibition asks the viewer to consider what it would be like to experience a world returned to direct interaction, unassisted memory, and cultural autonomy.
Five Qualities of Architecture: Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas, Humanitas, and Sustinere-Abilitas: Vitruvius Revisited, photography by Ron Smith. September 3rd through October 9th.
This photo exhibition examines the five qualities that provide multiple prisms, historic and more recent, from which to view architecture. From the eye of the photographer, the photographs are grouped to focus on one of the five qualities.
Coming Soon: ¡Viva Frida!. October 29 through December 10.
Few artists have captured the public's imagination as much as revolutionary Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo. During her lifetime, Frida was best known as the flamboyant wife of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Today, she has become one of the most celebrated artists in the world. This exhibit includes images of Kahlo's art and life, providing a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Kahlo's images will be presented alongside objects from the Museum's collection that are similar to those that influenced her work and her life. Presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and co-sponsored by the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, the exhibit coincides with the celebration of Mexico's Independence Bicentennial on September 15, and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution on November 20.
Visit the Museum's website for more information on exhibition programming and to learn about submitting an
University Forum Lecture Series
Join leading scholars from around the nation throughout the month as they explore the latest findings and controversies from across the disciplines. Visit the College of Liberal Arts website for more information. All lectures are held in the museum's auditorium and begin at 7:30 pm.
- September 15th - “Roads Less Traveled: Chinese Students and Transnational Migration”, Vanessa Wong
- September 16th - “Violence, Transience, Peace”, Malena Morling
- September 20th - “Pox Populi: The Epidemic that Changed American Law”, Michael Willrich
- September 29th - “Children, Teenagers, and Grandmothers in Evolutionary Perspective”, Barry Bogin
- October 7th - "The Amargosa Opera House: A Celebration of Art in the Desert”, Timothy Jones and Rich Regnell
- October 11th - “Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of Medical Electricity”, Stanley Finger
- October 14th - “The Scientific Case for Global Warming: Problems and Prospects”, John Farley
UNLV Blood Drive September 23rd 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Donate and save three lives. Free t-shirt or voucher for all participating donors. Make your appointment at United Blood Services or by calling 702-895-5622. Walk-ins are always welcome! Please remember to eat a hearty breakfast and to bring a valid ID. Drive will located inside of the museum's exhibit hall.
Visiting Artist Lecture Series
The annual series returns once again to the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, courtesy of the faculty of the Department of Art and the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission. Visit the College of Fine Arts website for more information. Lectures to be held in the museum's auditorium starting September 28th, all lectures start at 7:30 pm.
- September 28th - Elizabeth East
- October 5th - Diana Guerrero
- October 12th - Zach Rockhill & Kerry Laitala
The Marjorie Barrick Museum Horror Film Festival
Friday nights are getting spookier on campus! Join us Friday nights in October (October 1, 8, 15, & 22) from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for an evening of terrifying short films and features hosted by UNLV Film Department and Short Film Archive
Associate Professor and feature film writer-director, David Schmoeller.
- October 1st - Short film Oh, My God! and feature film Evil Dead II (directed by Sam Raimi, director of the Spiderman series)
- October 8th - Shorts films Doodlebug (by the director of Inception & Batman: The Dark Night) and Please Kill Mr. Kinski (short documentary by host David Schmoeller) with feature film Tourist Trap (based on Student Oscar-nominated short by David Schmoeller)
- October 15th - Short film Special Delivery (Oscar winner, Best Animated Short) and feature film Puppetmaster (first in the Paramount hit series; Puppetmaster 10 has just been released at ComicCon)
- October 22nd - Short film Ryan (Oscar winner, Best Animated Short) with feature film Scream (directed by the Master of Horror, Wes Craven)
Tai Chi and Yoga
Get your relax on with these free Tai Chi and Yoga workouts held in the museum’s main gallery. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat for Yoga.
Tai Chi, Every Monday and Thursday, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Yoga, Every Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
All events are free and open to the public.
Calling All Artists
Community Gallery: Smells Like Rebel Spirit
We are accepting submissions for the Marjorie Barrick Museum’s next Community Gallery titled “It Smells like Rebel Spirit”, which will run October 22 through December 10.
The gallery will showcase artwork by UNLV students, faculty, and alumni. Submissions can be any subject matter. However, since there are a few holidays/events around the corner of the opening we thought it would be a great idea to have art work represented in these themes: Day of the Dead, Halloween, Homecoming, or other. Work can be in any medium. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 13 at 4:00 pm. So be creative, spontaneous and tenacious! *All art work is subject to approval by curator.
The opening reception is October 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and following is the closing night for the Barrick Museum and UNLV Film Department’s Horror Film Festival from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Sponsored by Marjorie Barrick Museum and Barrick Arts Collective.
Around the Web
Vegas Seven: New Dark Ages
Vegas’ Seven wrote a great preview of Stephen Hendee’s post-apocalyptic vision, “The Textiles of Dark Age Era North America” with “The Ice Next Time”.
Las Vegas Review Journal: 'Ice Next Time' imagines starting over in a post-apocalyptic world
Another positive review of Hendee’s exhibition.
CACBlog: Interview with Stephen Hendee
Stephen Hendee and The Contemporary Arts Center’s Mark Dombrosky discuss Hendee’s influences, science fiction, and the shape of modern society in this insightful interview.
Museo: The Barrick Museum’s blog
Item of the Week: Tupiliak Figurines
“Tupilak figurines represent not just a concept from Inuit culture and history but the mutual influence and emerging relationship between Inuit and Danes in Eastern Greenland.”