A white pedestal with vibrant marigolds, military boots, candles, letters and belongings of loved ones who have past.
Oct. 26, 2022


Celebrate the memories of your loved ones this Thursday, October 27th, by adding a special note, copies of photographs, or other objects to an ofrenda designed by students from UNLV’s History of Mexico and Latin American History classes. Construction of this one-day pop-up memorial will begin in the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at 12:45 and end at 6 p.m. All are welcome to contribute to this compassionate space and help us remember the lives you continue to honor.

This event is organized by UNLV Associate Professor of History Dr. Melton-Villanueva. Cultural critics often consider the Mexican ofrenda a purely contemporary practice. But Dr. Melton-Villanueva’s research has shown that this living tradition can be traced in written Nahuatl-language (Aztec) documents from the 16th century, when Day of the Dead was called miccailhuitl, and people remembered their beloved with incense, candles, and flowers. To learn more, see her "meticulously researched and highly accessible" book, Aztecs at Independence, Nahua Culture Makers in Central Mexico, 1799 - 1832.

Please note that the Marjorie Barrick Museum will not be able to host liquids, alcohol, or open flame on the ofrenda. Entry to the Museum is free.




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 United States, we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ groups. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts, especially for first-time visitors. To facilitate access for low-income guests we provide free entry to all our exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for researchers and scholars to develop a more extensive 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 (UNLV).

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.

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.