Kara Joslyn (detail) courtesy the artist and Mark Moore Fine Art.
The process of artists, Mexican masks, and Salvador Dali as a page-turner are the three exhibitions sharing the opening reception, "One Night / Three Exhibitions / Fifty Years," at the Barrick Museum of Art. The evening opens a year of programming marking fifty years of the UNLV institution first established on Maryland Parkway by the Desert Research Institute to exhibit and house its collection. Ownership of the collection was transferred to UNLV, and in 1975 the museum took up residency in the original gym renamed the UNLV Museum of Natural History. In 2012 The Barrick refocused its mission to serve primarily as a contemporary art museum.
The programming and rotating exhibitions make the museum an art lab for UNLV's College of Fine Arts, and students from CSN and NSC. It's now under the watch of Alisha Kerlin, interim director of the Barrick. "It’s really important to see artwork in person. I remember the first time I saw an artwork in person that I had only seen in a flat magazine," Kerlin says in an recent interview at Las Vegas Weekly "It was a crazy experience. And we get to see a version of that here almost every day when we’re busy—we get to see people have those reactions."
"One Night / Three Exhibitions / Fifty Years" at The Barrick Museum of Art will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition information below comes from The Barrick.
Kim Rugg, Sunset Wave, 2011, reconfigured postage stamp and envelope, 8 x 12.5 inches
"Process" Curated by Matthew Gardocki: Featuring work by: John Bauer, Chris Duncan, Kara Joslyn, Lester Monzon, Julie Oppermann, Kim Rugg, Christopher Russell, Heidi Schwegler, Meghan Smythe, and Ryan Wallace, courtesy of Mark Moore Fine Art. Visitors can expect to encounter a fresh and perhaps unfamiliar field of art-making in which energy is celebrated and the finished object is not always the principal focus. On view in the Barrick Museum’s Main Gallery.
"Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here" Curated by Lee Cannarozzo: Four books, two classic texts. Twice a week we will turn the pages to reveal new illustrations from Salvador Dali’s little-known print series for Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. A part of the Las Vegas Art Museum collection currently housed in the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, these books will be presented together in dynamic proximity. The display will be accompanied by a compelling program of film screenings and public readings. On view in the Barrick Museum’s Teaching Gallery.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.