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Leisa Smith Moseley. Political Strategist, Activist. Photo by Carl Summerlin

Sep. 14, 2021

Opening Event  

Friday, September 24, 5 - 8 pm 
Remarks 6 - 7 pm 

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art invites you to join us in an opening event for three new exhibitions - Human Resource Exploitation: A Family Album, I Am Here, Seeing/Seen  - and a dynamic workshop project carried out by UNLV’s Department of Anthropology: Hostile Terrain 94
The reception will run from 5 - 8 p.m. on September 24, 2021, with remarks by curators Elena Brokaw (Human Resource Exploitation: A Family Album) and Erica Vital-Lazare (Seeing/Seen) between 6 and 7 p.m.. ASL interpreters will be present throughout the remarks. Entry to the reception is free and open to everyone. Visitor parking on the UNLV campus during the reception is also free. 
From this reception until the end of February 2022, the museum will be dedicated to stories that contextualize family legacies, explore the infinite possibilities of Black women, listen to the personal narratives of contemporary artists, and search for justice through the lens of anthropological research. 
Incorporating painting, sculpture, photography, video, historical ephemera, installations, and a Sarno block, these exhibitions highlight a range of national and local artists who are evaluating the past, critiquing the present, and making space for an equitable future.
The featured artists and curators include: Catherine Angel, Elena Brokaw, Tomoko Daido, Claudia DeMonte, Justin Favela, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Carla Jay Harris (with Dr. Brenda Stevenson), Clarity Haynes, Brent Holmes, Q’Shaundra James, Chase McCurdy, A. Moss, Krystal Ramirez, Heidi Rider, Jay Sarno (et al), Jeff Scheid, Lester Sloan, Lance L. Smith, Carl Summerlin, Erica Vital-Lazare, and Mikayla Whitmore. Visitors will be able to experience a new care space created in partnership with Inside Style and UNLV’s Jean Nidetch Care Center. Seeing/Seen is presented in partnership with the Womxn of Color Arts Festival.
Seeing/Seen was made possible by Spiegelworld, MGM Resorts International, the Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and community wellness leader and Peaceful Warrior Realtor Maticia Sudah. Support for all of the exhibitions was provided by the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund, a relief grant developed in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support arts organizations in the 13-state western region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Human Resource Exploitation: A Family Album was funded in part with support from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The loan of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (L.A.) to the Marjorie Barrick Museum is made possible from the collection of the Art Bridges Foundation, a private operating foundation whose mission is to increase access to American art across the U.S. 

Content Notice
The exhibitions in our galleries contain historical images of racist language and advertising, descriptions of death and decomposition, dehumanizing and/or strong language, images of breast cancer scar tissue, and references to the violent effects of government policies.
Please approach our staff if you need support. In the West Gallery you will find space and resources for self-care. 

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 the most racially diverse university 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).
Visit Us
The Barrick Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Note: The Museum is closed from July 25 - September 23, 2021 for a lighting renovation. Students, employees, and members of the public, regardless of vaccine status, are required to wear a face covering while inside any building or structure on any UNLV campus or property. Face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose.
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.