A headshot of a man with curly dark-brown hair and a small mustache smiling slightly at the camera. He is wearing a lavender shirt and a beaded chain around his neck.

Dr. Emmanuel Ortega Rodríguez. Image courtesy of NMSU Art Museum.

Apr. 4, 2024

Contemporary Ex-votos: A Tour with the Curator, Dr. Emmanuel Ortega Rodríguez

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
April 20, 2024
1-2:30 p.m.
Take a deep dive into a world of beauty and resilience with Dr. Emmanuel Ortega Rodríguez, the curator of Contemporary Ex-votos: Devotion Beyond Medium. On Saturday, April 20, Dr. Ortega will lead a free live tour of the newly-opened exhibition, illuminating the history of traditional Mexican ex-voto paintings, and sharing his insights into the contemporary Latinx artists whose work is on view.
Dr. Ortega is the Marilynn Thoma Scholar and Assistant Professor in Art of the Spanish Americas at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of the upcoming book, Visualizing Franciscan Anxiety and the Distortion of Native Resistance: The Domesticating Mission
Contemporary Ex-votos: Devotion Beyond Medium will be on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art from April 19 – November 23, 2024. 
This exhibition has been graciously supported by: The National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico–Devasthali Family Foundation Fund, NMSU College of Arts & Sciences, NMSU Department of Art’s Lilian Steinman Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series; Friends of the University Art Museum; Mullennix Art Museum Fund; George and Lucy Gray Endowed Art Fund; and several private donors. The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art would like to thank the UNLV Makerspace for the use of their facilities. Programming in Las Vegas is supported in part by Meow Wolf.

All of the museum’s galleries are accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who cannot use stairs. Services such as sign language interpretation can be arranged. Please contact the museum to discuss your needs: barrick.museum@unlv.edu, 702-895-3381.
About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to art that challenges our understanding of the present and inspires us to create a future that holds space for us all. Located on the campus of one of the most racially diverse universities in the U.S., we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for everyone to develop a deeper knowledge of contemporary art in Southern Nevada. The Barrick Museum is part of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Find Us
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located in the heart of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The museum is easily accessed from the west side of campus at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and University Center Drive. Drive east on East Harmon Ave until the road enters the campus and terminates in a parking lot. The Museum will be on your right, next to a desert landscape garden. Directions here.
Visitors may park in metered, staff, and student spots free of charge after 7 pm on weekdays, 1 pm on Fridays, and all day Saturday.
Daily, weekly, or monthly permits can be purchased from Parking and Transportation Services.
Metered parking spaces for visitors can be found in the parking lot outside the Barrick’s entrance, along East Harmon Ave, and in the lot behind the Lied Library. Other metered green zones are available in the Cottage Grove Avenue Parking Garage and parking areas throughout campus. Download the “PayByPhone Parking” app from Google Play or the iTunes app store.