The Auction is the annual silent sales of works from UNLV graduate students, undergrads, faculty, alumni and a supportive art community of Southern Nevada. Proceeds will benefit the UNLV Art MFA Program and will be used to support the development of MFA candidates with visits to museums, galleries, alternative spaces, artist studios and a major Spring trip.
This year's auction will be held at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Las Vegas Blvd S. Ste 150) on Friday March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Works can be previewed February 25 through 28. For details, or to donate art, or simply donate, email pasha.rafat (at) unlv.edu.
Here is a quick look at some art-related happenings for and at UNLV.
Courtesy Elizabeth Johnson
The Donna Beam Gallery host a slate of UNLV MFA Thesis Art Exhibitions. First up is Elizabeth Johnson with "Erotic Sovereignty," her photographic installation that "explores individuals who live beyond the static binary of heterocentric and homocentric labeling." Look for the postcards. Johnson's sovereignty runs through Feb. .19. An artist reception will be Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m..
Courtesy Maureen Halligan
Incoming Thesis Art Exhibitions: Maureen Halligan "Temporary Fix" is Feb. 22 through March 4. Her reception is Friday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Also coming in will be works from Wendy Chambers from March 7 through March 18, and a reception March 11; Audrey Barcio is next on March 29 through April 8 with her reception on April 1.
Ellsworth Kelly is the exhibition of the late master of color and shape organized by Michele C. Quinn for the Marjorie Barrick Museum’s INNER GALLERY. That runs from Feb. 12 through May 14. The works are on loan from Gemini G.E.L and several private Las Vegas collections. In the main gallery, "Unseen Selections: Las Vegas Art Museum Collection" will be seen during the same dates of Feb. 12 through May 14.
Marco Cochrane's "Bliss Dance." a 40-foot dancer from the 2010 Burning Man portfolio., will be installed at The Park, a new district coming to the Strip, reports Vital Vegas.
Clark County Parks and Recreation will soon review exhibit proposals for the Winchester Cultural Center and Clark County Government Center Rotunda galleries’ 2016 - 2017 exhibition season, which runs from October 2016 to September 2017 . The deadline for RFPs is Sunday, February 21, 2016 I Clark County PDF
Las Vegas Weekly on the Barrick Museum's program that is designed to give UNLV faculty a chance to curate exhibits by selecting works buried in collections. "Initiated by Susanna Newbury, assistant professor of contemporary art history, criticism and theory, Barrick’s Teaching Gallery grants access similar to what she had at Oberlin College and later as grad student at Yale."
Dawn-Michelle Baude on Brent Holmes’ "Ignominious Refuse" Winchester Cultural Center gallery I Las Vegas Weekly
Rachel Aston of Las Vegas Review-Journal on graffiti artist "Save Me" who is localizing a trend to paint tags on model trains. "As a legal alternative, it doesn't halt artists from painting real trains, but monetizes their hobby. Some artists take a photo of the real train they painted, then paint the same work on a model train. Like an architect executing his plan, he says." I The RJ
Its the end of "Jubilee" I The R-J
More on the Nevada Museum of Art's launch of a $6.2 million rooftop dubbed Sky Room I RGJ
Some backstory on one of those rural billboards used for The Painted Desert Project I Jetsonorama
In San Francisco, "Listen to this wall" is a minimal conceptual art piece by Rich Hansen, who got some help from
JR I SFWeekly
On the University of Denver campus, murals created by the DU College Republicans, have been getting vandalized I KDVR Denver
The Guggenheim used a ten-point motivational sign to hype a retrospective of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The original sign was found in a factory in Thailand, says the artists I Brooklyn Street Art
Two murals decorating the old National Stadium in Japan, the main venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics , are being revived by architect Kengo Kuma I The Japan News
The Norton Simon's "Duchamp to Pop" explores Duchamp's seismic influence on Pop artists. It opens March 4 I LATimes
"Tijuana's Generation Art: A cultural flowering in this Mexican city of possibilities" I LA Times
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Gallery LA "ups the ante in what's possible at commercial gallery level," says @cmonstah at LATimes
Studies for murals by Hans Hofmann, the influential Abstract Expressionist painter and theorist, are getting attention. Even if the murals were never completed, the Hofmann studies are a lesson on how to read abstract art I INDYWEEK
Hans Hofmann: "Chimbote Mural Fragment of Part II" photo by Doug Young. Courtesy of the Renate, Hans, and Maria Hofmann Trust
Indigenous Linguistics (2015) at "EXPANDED: UNLV Fine Art Exhibition" at Sahara West held November 2015 to January 2016.
MESSAGE MAKING: I met Fawn Douglas while she was a fine art undergrad at UNLV and I was struck by her dedication to art and activism. Late last year I asked her if she would be the subject for my first work as a MFA Fine Art candidate. At first it was to be large-scale digital collage piece using the composition and medium I've used before. However, it was clear the complicated cultural message would be easier to read if the visual codes of advertising were used.
TOO SLICK: "It looks like a Gap ad" later said one observer on my final piece, which was my general intent, and not necessarily taking on "normcore" pop fashion irony. When you consider how underfunded grassroots messages are up against image makers of a dominate culture, in this case the NFL and Washington D.C. pro football fans, playing up polished becomes about joining the conversation.
ANOTHER NOTE: Fawn's activism is a family tradition. Her aunt is Suzan Shown Harjo, the poet and lecturer who, among other things, has been bringing awareness on mascots based on Native Americans for years and recently won a court victory. In 2014, Harjo was awarded the Medal of Freedom, another bullet point for a long list of achievements.
LARGER PLATFORM: As it happens, the National Congress of American Indians released an elegant 30 second spot in time for the Super Bowl that also says “Native Americans call themselves many things” but they don't use “Redskin.” The ad is titled “Proud To Be” and supports various movements, like ChangeTheMascot, but wasn't submitted to the Super Bowl for placement since the NFL doesn’t air activist messages. It is safe to guess the $5 million for 30 seconds of Super Bowl air time had as much to do with keeping two minute spot from being seen during the game's broadcast. Nonetheless, the NCAI adopted the trend of using social media to get their message to a Super Bowl audience.
Proud To Be National Congress of American Indians.