Edward Burtynsky: Oil
September 23 - January 14, 2017
Edward Burtynsky: Oil, an exhibition of large-scale color landscape photographs by internationally renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, examines one of the most important subjects of our time: the reliance on oil.
From 1997 to 2009, Burtynsky chronicled the production, distribution, and use of oil, revealing the rarely-seen mechanics of its manufacture and the altered landscapes formed by its extraction. He organizes his work thematically, passing from oil fields to massive refineries, highway interchanges, gatherings of motor culture aficionados, and the debris that oil leaves in its wake: car scrapyards, mammoth ship breaking operations, and fields of decrepit equipment. Burtynsky also visited the car-dependent suburban housing developments of Las Vegas; his images of the city provoke questions about the types of communities people choose to build, and human dependence on natural resources to meet the demands of our suburban infrastructure.
All of the photographs in Edward Burtynsky: Oil are drawn from the Nevada Museum of Art, Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography Collection.
Showing the Need for Connection
Today, in our media-drenched life of Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, emails, etc., the need for the human connection is of dire importance. The installation currently set up in the Barrick Museum’s Teaching Gallery encourages museum visitors to find and explore parallels and points of connection not only between art objects but also to reflect on the time periods from which these items were produced.
The exhibition is curated by Lucky DeBellevue (Spring 2016 UNLV Artist in Residence), Audrey Barcio (UNLV MFA ’16), and Robert Tracy (UNLV Associate Professor of Art History).
In Transition: Female Figurines from the Braunstein Collection
As one of the most commonly found objects from the pre-Hispanic era, figurines bring us closer to understanding the cultures of Mesoamerica, South America, and Central America. The small-scale of these objects triggers memory and personal engagement. Figurines are uniquely suited to embody personal powers, histories, accomplishments, and losses, and represent the people that created them. These figurines reveal details of daily life that are impossible to reconstruct through other media, thus providing a glimpse into the lives and cultures of these ancient peoples. This exhibition focuses on the female figurine — specifically those forms depicting women transitioning from maiden to motherhood.
Process, curated by Matthew Gardocki
January 27 – May 13, 2017
Featuring work by: John Bauer, Christopher Duncan, Kara Joslyn, Lester Monzon, Julie Oppermann, Kim Rugg, Christopher Russell, Heidi Schwegler, Meghan Smythe, and Ryan Wallace, Process is a showcase of ten contemporary American artists who are reshaping the Process Art tradition into a profound expression of twenty-first century studio practice. Visitors can expect to encounter a fresh and perhaps unfamiliar field of art-making in which process is celebrated and the finished object is not always the principle focus.
Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here, curated by Lee Cannarozzo
January 27 – May 13, 2017
Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here is an exhibition of two complete editions of Salvador Dali illustrated artist books: The Divine Comedy written by Dante Alighieri and The Decameron written by Giovanni Boccaccio. These books, completed in 1960 and 1972 respectively, together contain 110 prints authorized by the artist. A part of the Las Vegas Art Museum collection currently housed in the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, this exhibition presents these illustrated texts in a dynamic manner. Contained within four display cases, the pages of these books will be turned every Tuesday and Friday throughout the course of the exhibition to reveal a new set of illustrations to the public. This constantly evolving exhibition is an invitation for students, scholars, and faculty to view these surreal works of art and to participate in a conversation about the cultural resonance of Medieval Italian texts.
Masking, curated by Karen Roop
January 27 – May 13, 2017
This exhibition combines traditional Mexican masks with contemporary artwork to blur the lines between art and artifice, self and other, being and nonbeing. Far from static artifacts, masks point to shifting meanings and challenge us to question notions of identity. Karen Roop's enthusiasm for new ways of diversifying UNLV’s English curriculum has led to years of fruitful collaboration with the Marjorie Barrick Museum, where students have learned to assimilate the visual arts into their critical vocabularies. Roop will integrate Masking, her first curation, into ENG 101 classes during the Fall semester.
Josh Azzarella Screenings
January 28 – May 13, 2017
The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum is pleased to present a semester-long video screening series featuring works by Josh Azzarella. Josh Azzarella creates videos and photographs that explore the power of context in the authorship of memory, oftentimes utilizing seminal moments in pop culture and news media to create accessible confrontations with historiography. By illuminating the individual encounter with communal experiences, Azzarella evaluates the perception of realness – which can ultimately be rooted in both the fantastic as much as the pragmatic.
Screenings occur every Thursday (4-7pm) and Saturday (1pm and 3pm), and by appointment in the Barrick Museum Auditorium. The 16 week series is divided into four programs detailed below.