Edward Burtynsky: Oil
September 23 - January 14, 2017
Edward Burtynsky: Oil, an exhibition of large-scale color landscape photographs by internationally renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, examines one of the most important subjects of our time: the reliance on oil.
From 1997 to 2009, Burtynsky chronicled the production, distribution, and use of oil, revealing the rarely-seen mechanics of its manufacture and the altered landscapes formed by its extraction. He organizes his work thematically, passing from oil fields to massive refineries, highway interchanges, gatherings of motor culture aficionados, and the debris that oil leaves in its wake: car scrapyards, mammoth ship breaking operations, and fields of decrepit equipment. Burtynsky also visited the car-dependent suburban housing developments of Las Vegas; his images of the city provoke questions about the types of communities people choose to build, and human dependence on natural resources to meet the demands of our suburban infrastructure.
All of the photographs in Edward Burtynsky: Oil are drawn from the Nevada Museum of Art, Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography Collection.
Showing the Need for Connection
Today, in our media-drenched life of Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, emails, etc., the need for the human connection is of dire importance. The installation currently set up in the Barrick Museum’s Teaching Gallery encourages museum visitors to find and explore parallels and points of connection not only between art objects but also to reflect on the time periods from which these items were produced.
The exhibition is curated by Lucky DeBellevue (Spring 2016 UNLV Artist in Residence), Audrey Barcio (UNLV MFA ’16), and Robert Tracy (UNLV Associate Professor of Art History).
In Transition: Female Figurines from the Braunstein Collection
As one of the most commonly found objects from the pre-Hispanic era, figurines bring us closer to understanding the cultures of Mesoamerica, South America, and Central America. The small-scale of these objects triggers memory and personal engagement. Figurines are uniquely suited to embody personal powers, histories, accomplishments, and losses, and represent the people that created them. These figurines reveal details of daily life that are impossible to reconstruct through other media, thus providing a glimpse into the lives and cultures of these ancient peoples. This exhibition focuses on the female figurine — specifically those forms depicting women transitioning from maiden to motherhood.