Adam Batemen "Monolith" at the Barrick Museum of Art.
Candlelight vigils with strangers or quiet company with friends gives us room to think in times like these. Those with a connection to art will seek refuge in a gallery for reflection. On Friday, UNLV’s art galleries will be open in an evening planned to celebrate anniversaries of the campus and the museum.
I may find it a way to be with others who give Las Vegas the spirit of a small town. I'll spend time staring at shapes. I will catch up to see if anyone in the art community was affected by it. Or I may just stand under the trees between the Barrick and Beam at dusk to watch the day fade away.
I am not one to instantly claim that all art heals. I will say that being with people who share an interest in art, and who love their city, is sometimes another path to solace.
The UNLV Opening Celebration and Art Walk is October 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is free.
An edited press release is after the jump.
The 60th anniversary of UNLV and the 50th anniversary of the Barrick Museum is celebrated with an art walk featuring opening receptions for UNLV's Fall art exhibitions. College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher says it is a way to "honor the Las Vegas Arts Community for its dedicated support of the arts and culture in Southern Nevada."
Preservation : The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art presents Preservation, a group exhibition exploring aspects of preservation–of land, legacies, histories, and the biological. It will be on view at the Barrick Museum through January 20, 2018, and in Grant Hall Gallery through October 26, 2017.
"Forget industrial-strength art. Think species-scale plumbing." - LA Times David Pagel on Center for Land Use's Culver City edition of this exhibition.
Center for Land Use Interpretation: Peripheral Flood Control Structures of Las Vegas: The nation’s supreme desert city, Las Vegas lies in a riverless valley, baking in the sun. When it rains, storms can be sudden and strong, generating flash floods that threaten the city. Defense against this attack has grown with the expanding urban land itself, and there are now more than 100 detention basins in and around Las Vegas to absorb the shock of flood, and hundreds of miles of concrete channels to contain the flow through the city. The headworks of this system are a battery of bulwarks that ring the city at its outermost edge, beyond which little is built. They are massive marginal sculptures of aridity and stasis, waiting for the flood. Through November 10.
Adding context to this is Waiting for the Flood, currently screening at The Barrick, and offers quietly dramatic perspective on an essential but overlooked aspect of the city’s architectural ingenuity. Through November 11, 2017.
liminal This idea of in between, overlap, or liminality asks us to think about our own roles in society, as well as the roles of others. We can focus on specific identities or turn our attention to the space where components of identity overlap. Are pets “just animals” or are they “becoming persons”? How do ancestry and nationality create an ethnic identity? Can we take the role of “the other” by donning a mask and viewing the world through their eyes? To be "liminal" means to be at the threshold or border of something-- a physical space, an ideology or concept, or even between categories of identity. Curated by Shelly Volsche and featuring work by China Adams, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Kara Joslyn, Michael Ogilvie, and Brent Sommerhauser, liminal invites viewers to ponder the ways in which they are "in between" and what this state truly means. Shelly Volsche is a Visiting Lecturer with the Academic Success Center and a Doctoral Candidate with the Department of Anthropology. Through January 20, 2018.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.