Sound & Video Installation: Derivative Presence by Yasmina Chavez & Javier Sanchez
Derivative Presence is an exhibit about what “presence” means in this day and age. We no longer only exist in an interpersonal physical form or “face-to-face.” Through social media a post means “here.” This project explores what it is to be present now, which pertains to the unawareness of our pervasive presence forever accessible in a digital condition.
Technology has made our presence available to all at any time, in any place and in any number of multiple locations, which in itself redefines what presence means. Our physical being is unnecessary and a derivative of our presence is a valid experience of an interaction with each other. This is evidence that our world is changing and our being has adapted to embrace technology driven presence as human presence.
“Derivative Presence” will run in two locations for the duration of the exhibit. Randomly searched and found youtube videos of people communicating directly to their audience will be exhibited inside TastySpace Gallery as an invasive spatial installation. The original sound corresponding to those videos will fill the Xeric Garden environment at the Marjorie Barrick Museum creating an isolating sound experience.
Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
January 30 – April 26, 2014
Art for Art's Sake was the rallying cry of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement, which believed that art should be enjoyed for its pure visual qualities. This exhibition reexamines this concept in a group of contemporary artists whose art focuses on sumptuous beauty and pure visual effects. Works by Mark Chariker, Iva Gueorguieva, Ali Smith as well as a number of artists who have resided or currently reside in Las Vegas including David Ryan, Tim Bavington, Brian Porray (born in LV), Thomas Burke, Yek and Jason Adkins allow us to revive Whistler's ideal that art should "appeal solely to the artistic sense of the eye."
This exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
Funding has been provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan
October 11–December 20, 2013
Featuring forty-two works from eleven Japanese artists, some internationally known, some relatively obscure, Passage to the Future is a tight yet broad-ranging demonstration of contemporary Japanese art, a sampling of sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting, ceramic ware, and installation work. Yoshihiro Suda carves a single small petal out of wood -- Miyuki Yokomizo assembles a room of soap bars big enough to walk in. Tabaimo makes satire out of street slang and historical references. Raku Kichizaemon the 15th refreshes his family tradition with a raku tea bowl. Tetsuya Nakamura is sleek and speedy. Tomoyasu Murata is handmade and nostalgic. The UNLV College of Fine Arts and the Marjorie Barrick Museum are proud to join The Japan Foundation, the Japan America Society of Nevada and the Office of the Honorary Consulate of Japan in the Southwestern debut of this internationally touring exhibition.
The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection
From July 12-Sept. 28, audiences will have the opportunity to view works selected from The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. In 2010, UNLV was the recipient of 50 contemporary works from the celebrated collectors. Beginning in 1962, New York postal clerk, Herbert Vogel, and his librarian wife, Dorothy, began collecting contemporary works of art. The couple dedicated all of Herb's salary to buying art, and in a few decades had amassed a collection encompassing some 4,000 works. Today, these works form one of the most remarkable collections of contemporary art in America. Motivated by the desire to share their collection with the public, the couple developed a program to gift 50 works to one institution in each of the 50 states, including UNLV. This program became known as Vogel 50x50. The collection includes the work by such notables as Stephen Antonakos, Neil Jenney, Lynda Benglis, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Bettina Werner and Richard Tuttle. The award-winning documentary, Herb & Dorothy, by filmmaker Megumi Sasaki, will be playing in the Barrick Museum to accompany the exhibition. The film tells the extraordinary story of the Vogels.
The Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence
Also on display from July 12-Sept. 28 The Spirit of Independence contains lithographs and screen prints by well known artists including: Alexander Calder, Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana, Colleen Browning, and Marisol Escobar. The works were created in response to the question,”What does independence mean to me?
Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite
This student-produced exhibition explores the central themes of ritual sacrifice, feasting, blood letting, and the ancient ballgame using artifacts from the Dr. Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Collection of Pre-Columbian Art.