A digital collage featuring two images of Black women facing one another over a pink and purple background.

Faylita Hicks and Erica Vital-Lazare. Courtesy of the Black Mountain Institute. 

Nov. 18, 2021

Seeing/Seen | Faylita Hicks & Erica Vital-Lazare In Conversation

co-presented by the Black Mountain Institute and the UNLV's Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

Friday, December 3, 2021, 7 - 9 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. Please RSVP to this event here

Erica Vital-Lazare & Faylita Hicks discuss the joy, resilience, and infinite spaces of memory and possibility of Black women.

Confronting and correcting both hypervisibility and invisibility, Erica Vital-Lazare explores the contemporary and historical presence of Black women in Seeing/Seen, an exhibition at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. 

On December 3, Vital-Lazare will further discuss the joy, resilience, and infinite spaces of memory and possibility of Black women with artist Faylita Hicks, whose words are featured throughout the exhibition. 

Seeing/Seen is made possible by Spiegelworld, MGM Resorts International and 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, Nevada Humanities, and the National Endownment for the Humanities. Further assistance has been provided from the Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, community wellness leader and Peaceful Warrior Realtor Maticia Sudah, and the UNLV Jean Nidetch Care Center. 


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 as soon as possible to discuss your needs: barrick.museum@unlv.edu


About the Speakers

Faylita Hicks is the author of HoodWitch, a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Biseual Poetry Review, among other accolades. They are the former Editor-in- Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and the 2021 Poet-inResidence of Civil Rights Corps. Their work has been published in American Poetry Review, Longreads, Poetry, Slate, Texas Observer, Yale Review, and others. They have an MFA from Sierra Nevada University and has recieved fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, The Dots Between, and the Right of Return USA. 

Erica Vital-Lazare is a professor of creative writing and Marginalized Voice in Dystopian Literature at the College of Southern Nevada. She has received grants and awards from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University's Hilliard Endownment, and the Nevada Arts Council. Her work has been featured in Catalyst, Sojourner, Thrice, and Collaloo II. She is co-producer of the photo-narrative installation Obsidian & Neon: Building Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas and editor of Of the Diaspora, a series revisiting classic Black works in literature with McSweeney's Press.

About the Museum

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).

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 for free on this day.