Exhibits Archive



East Gallery: Preservation

Sept. 29, 2017 - January 20, 2018
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017 (5 - 9 p.m.)

This project explores aspects of preservation–of land, legacies, histories, and the biological. The exhibition includes international contemporary artists Adam Bateman, Laurie Brown, Moritz Fehr, Cayetano Ferrer, Brigid McCaffrey with Elizabeth Knafo, Ian James, Candice Lin, Ocean Earth, Marina Pinsky, Gala Porras-Kim, and Max Hooper Schneider, and is curated by Aurora Tang. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


West Gallery: liminal

Sept. 29, 2017 - January 20, 2018
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017 (5–9 p.m.)

To be "liminal" means to be at the threshold or border of something-- a physical space, an ideology or concept, or even between categories of identity. The works in this exhibition invite viewers to ponder the ways in which they are "in between" and what this liminal state truly means. Curated by Shelly Volsche, Visiting Lecturer COLA 100E; Doctoral Student, Dept. of Anthropology.

Katarina Jerinic

Garden: Katarina Jerinic

Astronomy of the Asphalt Ecliptic

May 26 - January 20, 2018

New York artist Katarina Jerinic intervenes in built environments with site-specific photography, mixed-media projects, and public installations. Located in the Baepler Xeric Garden and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art lobby, her Astronomy of the Asphalt Ecliptic charts constellations of visible and invisible phenomena in the surrounding city.

Center for Land Use Interpretation

Auditorium: Center for Land Use Interpretation

Waiting for the Flood

Sept. 29, 2017–Jan. 20, 2018

This recent video from the Center For Land Use Interpretation’s research into the flood control structures of Las Vegas offers viewers a quietly dramatic perspective on an essential but overlooked aspect of the city’s architectural ingenuity. Not only an experience in its own right, it also introduces us to the subject of Preservation’s sister show, Center for Land Use Interpretation: Peripheral Flood Control Structures of Las Vegas, on view at UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery from 9/29/17–11/11/17.

Flood Control

Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery: Center for Land Use Interpretation

Peripheral Flood Control Structures of Las Vegas

Sept. 29, 2017–Nov. 11, 2017
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017 (5–9 p.m.)

The nation’s supreme desert city, Las Vegas lies in a riverless valley, baking in the sun. When it rains, storms can be sudden and strong, generating flash floods that threaten the city. Defense against this attack has grown with the expanding urban land itself, and there are now more than 100 detention basins in and around Las Vegas. They are massive marginal sculptures of aridity and stasis, waiting for the flood. This exhibition features recent photography and video from the Center for Land Use Interpretation. For more related works, visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art's exhibition Preservation.

An art piece from the Preservation exhibition.

Grant Hall Gallery: Colosseum

Moritz Fehr

Sept. 29, 2017–Oct. 26th, 2017
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017 (5–9 p.m.)

Moritz Fehr works in sound, experimental film, and photography to create immersive installations. Colosseum is a stereoscopic 3D film that uses image and sound to transport the viewer to a former open pit gold and copper mine, pulling the viewer into its spiral. This piece is part of the exhibition Preservation, on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art's East Gallery.

Casey Roberts

Auditorium: Casey Roberts

"Sometimes I Dream of Myself As Two People and Other Stories"

May 26 - September 16, 2017. Screening times: Tuesdays (11- 12pm), Friday and Saturday (1-4pm) and by appointment

The Barrick is screening three of Robert's short films: I Think I Know What the Problem Is (2012), Sometimes I Dream of Myself as Two People (2015), and The Bird Sessions (2016).


Braunstein Gallery: Masking, curated by Karen Roop

January 27 – December 16, 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.

Play on, Gary, Play on

West Gallery: Play on, Gary, Play on, curated by D.K. Sole

May 26 - September 16, 2017

Play On, Gary, Play On is a meditation on the point in time between an action being anticipated and the moment when it is carried out. Imaginatively it reinterprets the delay through a series of objects: a wooden wall sculpture by the New York artist Richard Francisco, an assembly of traditional Mexican masks, and a number of rarely-seen historical objects from the Barrick Collection. Curated by D.K. Sole.

Tested Ground

East Gallery: Tested Ground

May 26 – September 16, 2017

From the firing range imagery of photographer Alexa Hoyer, to the anthropological trash project of Jenny Odell - from Joan Linder’s meticulous radioactive waste site drawings, to Nicolas Shake’s and Andreana Donahue’s investigations of desert debris and urban artifacts - Tested Ground represents a thought-provoking cross-examination of the American landscape.

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.

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 of Art, 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.

Auditorium: Josh Azzarella Screenings

January 28 – May 13, 2017

The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art 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.


Edward Burtynsky: Oil

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

Showing the Need for Connection

Fall 2016

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).

Female Figurines from the Braunstein Collection

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.



Deborah Aschheim, Erin Cosgrove, Lucky DeBellevue, Ash Ferlito, and David Gilbert

May 20–September 10, 2016

Featuring paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, and photographs from contemporary artists based in LA and New York. Materiality, attitude, and wit tie their work together, as well as their past participation in the ongoing UNLV Artist-in-Residence Program.

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly

February 12–May 14, 2016

A collection of more than 20 print editions by renowned artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923 - 2015), has been organized by Michele C. Quinn for this exhibition. Kelly was an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker who created works of cleanly juxtaposed colors and shapes and is largely considered to be one of the leading abstract artists of the postwar period. The minimal quality of his works should not be confused with being simplistic. The artist discovered a way to translate what he observed -- a shadow on a wall, a curve of a hill, of the space between buildings -- into paintings that drew from reality but became abstractions. All of the works in this exhibition were created during the last two decades of his collaboration with Gemini G.E.L, the now-legendary print workshop located in Los Angeles.

Unseen Selections

Unseen Selections: Las Vegas Art Museum Collection

February 12–May 14, 2016

Unseen Selections draws from the Las Vegas Art Museum Collection and includes works that have been on long-term loan to The Smith Center. This exhibition includes works by Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Red Grooms, Billy Al Bengston, Tim Bavington, Shawn Hummel, and David Ryan.

In 2012 the Las Vegas Art Museum (LVAM) collection moved to the Barrick Museum, as part of a partnership between LVAM and UNLV. Works in the collection include national and international artists such as Llyn Foulkes and William T. Wiley, as well as a significant representation of UNLV graduates.

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Spring Semester 2016

Ever wonder what objects from the collection the folks who spend all day at the Museum treasure most? This exhibition features pieces from the Barrick Cultural Collection, the Barrick Art Collection, and the Las Vegas Art Museum Collection. Each hand-selected by members of the Barrick staff who want to share them with you.

Glass Object

Style Moderne: Art Glass from the Ruth and Mel Wolzinger Collection

July 24 – January 23, 2016

This exhibition presents a rich selection of glass objects from the Barrick Museum’s Art Glass Collection, including objects by Tiffany, Quezal, Steuben, Loetz, and Daum Nancy. The collection was built by Ruth Wolzinger, an avid fan and collector of art glass, over the course of 30+ years. She gave the collection to UNLV in 1995 to ensure that this unique art form would be preserved, appreciated and could potentially serve as a teaching tool.

Kveck, Russ & Stellmon: Break Ups & Tear Downs

Kveck, Russ & Stellmon: Break Ups & Tear Downs

October 23–January 23, 2016

Wendy Kveck, JK Russ and Erin Stellmon will fill the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art with an exhibition of their work. These three Las Vegas artists offer unique bodies of work that spring from a common practice of breaking down their subject, then reorganizing and reordering the pieces. The results, whether paintings, collages, photographs or constructions, are stunning and thoughtful revisualizations of contemporary themes.


Recent Acquisitions

Recent Acquisitions

June 19 – October 10, 2015

This exhibition brings together recently acquired works to the Barrick Museum and Las Vegas Art Museum collections. Many of the artists included in Recent Acquisitions have ties to Las Vegas. As a cross section of the diverse practices pursued by contemporary artists this exhibition reaffirms the Barrick’s commitment to collecting art of the present. The vast majority of the works will be on display for the first time since entering the Museum’s collections.

Artists: Rita Abbey, ŸJason Adkins, ŸPhil Argent, ŸRobert Beckmann, ŸErik Beehn, Mark Brandvik, Thomas Burke, ŸPatricia Burns, ŸCarole Caroompas, ŸKevin Chupik, Sam Davis, ŸJack Endewelt, ŸJustin Favela, ŸSush Machida Gaikotsu, ŸShawn Hummel, Daniel Habegger, ŸAngela Kallus, ŸDanielle Kelly, Wendy Kveck, Brian Porray, Michael Reafsnyder, Javier Sanchez, David Sanchez-Burr, Marshall Scheuttle, Rachel Stiff, Nicolas Shake, Brent Sommerhauser, Erin Stellmon, John Stoelting, Marty Walsh, Yek, Brian Zimmerman

Vogel Collection

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

June 19 – September 30, 2015

Beginning in 1962, New York postal clerk, Herbert Vogel, and his librarian wife, Dorothy, began collecting contemporary works of art. The couple dedicated all of Herb's salary to buying art, and in a few decades had amassed a collection encompassing some 4,000 works. Today, these works form one of the most remarkable collections of contemporary art in America. Motivated by the desire to share their collection with the public, the couple developed a program to gift 50 works to one institution in each of the 50 states, including UNLV. This program became known as Vogel 50x50.

Artists: Stephen Antonakos, Charles Clough, Neil Jenney, Steve Keister, Mark Kostabi, Joseph Nechvatal, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Richard Tuttle, Bettina Werner

John Millei's Painting

John Millei: If 6 Turned Out To Be 9, Selected Work

March 20 – June 6, 2015

This is the first time Millei's bold and painterly large scale paintings are to be shown in Las Vegas. The California based artist has maintained an extensive career with exhibitions of his work seen throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His critically recognized paintings have been described as a mixture with historical roots and contemporary application. The Las Vegas exhibition is courtesy of George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco.

Millei has collaborated on two occasions with the late poet Robert Creeley and his work is documented in two shorts by Full Figured Films, "Maritime" and "Woman in a Chair”. He is adjunct Professor of Painting at Claremont University and serves on the Fine Art Faculty of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

For more information about John Millei, visit George Lawson Gallery or the artist's website.

Deborah Aschheim's Drawing

Deborah Aschheim: Kennedy Obsession

March 20 – June 6, 2015

Aschheim, noted for her installations, brings to the museum a new series of drawings. The drawings, made from photographs found at historical archives, are of people responding to the presence and loss of President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. The drawings are intended to reveal viewer’s memories of the past to help understand the present. Aschheim served as Artist-in-Residence for the UNLV Department of Art in the Spring of 2015.

For more information about Deborah Aschheim and her work, visit the artist's website.

Yesterday & Today

Yesterday & Today

October 3–May 30, 2015

Curated by Aurore Giguet "Yesterday & Today" demonstrates a continuum of making by the Southern Paiute and Western Shoshone in southern Nevada. The exhibition features basketry and pottery from the Barrick’s cultural collection as well as objects from the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas; The Lost City Museum; Nevada Folklife Archives-Nevada Arts Council, and works by contemporary artists Loretta Burden, Fawn Douglas, and Everett Pickyavit.

In this exhibition, objects are looked at as works of a continued vitality, not as archaeological or unearthed anthropological objects. The objects provide a connection to the beliefs and traditions of their makers and owners. They become visible manifestations; they encode, keep, or convey particular types of information that continue to shape the indigenous peoples of Nevada.

David Sanchez Burr

David Sanchez Burr: Citizen Speak Description (Lobby)

April 27 - May 20, 2015

The Neon Museum inaugurates it's Artist-in-Residence program with Las Vegas-based artist David Sanchez Burr (UNLV MFA '09). His work, titled citizen speak, will be built and exhibited in the Neon Museum’s North Gallery on April 18 and 19, before being transferred to the Barrick Museum.

A partnership between the Neon Museum and the Barrick Museum, the residency calls for artist-parents to create work inspired and enjoyed by their children—and, by extension, children of all ages. The first part of the project is housed at the Neon Museum and the second part at the Barrick Museum.

Citizen speak is an interactive work of art involving audio and video media, modified specifically for children. For this project, Sanchez Burr created a portable version of his project nowhereradio, which began in 2011 as part of a personal journey to produce an artwork that would encourage meaning and interactivity with the audience as a social event and broadcast.

For more information about the artists and partnership, please visit the event page.

Reflecting and Projecting

Reflecting and Projecting: Twenty Years of Design Excellence

December 10, 2014 - February 28, 2015

Although all of us spend the majority of our lives in and around buildings, few stop to think about why we like certain spaces. What goes into designing great buildings? What kind of physical world do we want to live in? What people, processes, tools and ideas allow us to give form to our aspirations? Everyday our values, ideas and aspirations influence the things we build and the environments we create. Reflecting and Projecting provides a unique opportunity to ponder these important questions while celebrating the great architecture produced by architects in Nevada over the past 20 years.

This exhibition of the AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Award-winning projects from 1994 - 2014 is presented by the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in collaboration with the UNLV School of Architecture, UNLV Galleries and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.




October 3 – November 26, 2014

The third in a series of traveling exhibits showcasing the recipients of the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Award in the visual arts, "PANORAMA: Selections from the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program".

Participating artists include: Catherine Borg, formerly of Las Vegas, photography; Dean Burton of Reno, photography; Shan Michael Evans of Las Vegas, digital media and animation; Stephen Hendee, formerly of Las Vegas, textiles; Zoltan Janvary of Reno, printmaking and drawing; Robert Morrison of Reno, sculpture; Candace Nicol of Reno, printmaking; Nolan Preece of Reno, chemigram printing; Heather Protz of Las Vegas, photography; Tamara Scronce of Reno, mixed media and sculpture; Christine Siemens, formerly of Las Vegas, photography; and Mary Warner, formerly of Las Vegas, painting.

Jerry Lewis: Painted Pictures

Jerry Lewis: Painted Pictures

May – September 27, 2014

PAINTED PICTURES, features original photographs by famed actor/director/comedian/singer/philanthropist, Jerry Lewis. An avid and obsessive photographer throughout his entire lifetime, Jerry Lewis created this unique body of work during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Known to always have a camera by his side, his knowledge and use of the camera as a vehicle for expression is notably extraordinary. It is the strength of these works that allows this multi-talented entertainer to add the title of "artist/photographer". The exhibition is curated by Michele C. Quinn, MCQ Fine Art.

Private/Public: Images of Devotion from 19th and Early 20th Century Mexico

Private/Public: Images of Devotion from 19th and Early 20th Century Mexico

March 27 – September 15, 2014

The images in this exhibition represent more than a group of small religious paintings. They embody the complicated artistic nature of Christian iconography, symbolism and private/public forms of devotion that were established in Mexico as the norm by the nineteenth century. Objects on display include ex-votos and retablos (small tin oil paintings presented as offerings in churches and sacred sites), wooden sculptures and milagros (small hand crafted silver offerings). These objects are the visual result of 400 years of private/public devotional practices that begun to take shape in Mexico after 1521. Their importance resides in the intricacies of the miracles narrated, the intended reception, and the type of information they reveal about private/public devotional practices in Mexico before and after the independence of 1821.

Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite

Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite

May 9 – March 28, 2014

This student-produced exhibition explores the central themes of ritual sacrifice, feasting, blood letting, and the ancient ballgame using artifacts from the Dr. Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Collection of Pre-Columbian Art.

Sound & Video Installation: Derivative Presence by Yasmina Chavez & Javier Sanchez

Sound Installation

Donald H. Baepler Xeric Garden
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
May 5 & June 21, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Video Installation

TastySpace Gallery
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May 23 – June 21, 2014

Derivative Presence is an exhibit about what "presence" means in this day and age. We no longer only exist in an interpersonal physical form or "face-to-face". Through social media a post means "here". This project explores what it is to be present now, which pertains to the unawareness of our pervasive presence forever accessible in a digital condition.

"Derivative Presence" will run in two locations for the duration of the exhibit. Randomly searched and found youtube videos of people communicating directly to their audience will be exhibited inside TastySpace Gallery as an invasive spatial installation. The original sound corresponding to those videos will fill the Xeric Garden environment at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art creating an isolating sound experience.

Art for Art's Sake

Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Art for Art's Sake was the rallying cry of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement, which believed that art should be enjoyed for its pure visual qualities. This exhibition reexamines this concept in a group of contemporary artists whose art focuses on sumptuous beauty and pure visual effects. Works by Mark Chariker, Iva Gueorguieva, Ali Smith as well as a number of artists who have resided or currently reside in Las Vegas including David Ryan, Tim Bavington, Brian Porray (born in LV), Thomas Burke, Yek and Jason Adkins allow us to revive Whistler's ideal that art should "appeal solely to the artistic sense of the eye."

This exhibition is curated by Billie Milam Weisman, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. Funding has been provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.


Passage to the Future

Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan

October 11 – December 20, 2013

The UNLV College of Fine Arts and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art are proud to join The Japan Foundation, the Japan America Society of Nevada and the Office of the Honorary Consulate of Japan in the Southwestern debut of this internationally touring exhibition. Featuring forty-two works from eleven Japanese artists, some internationally known, some relatively obscure, Passage to the Future is a tight yet broad-ranging demonstration of contemporary Japanese art, a sampling of sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting, ceramic ware, and installation work.

The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection

The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection

July 12 – September 28, 2013

Beginning in 1962, New York postal clerk, Herbert Vogel, and his librarian wife, Dorothy, began collecting contemporary works of art. The couple dedicated all of Herb's salary to buying art, and in a few decades had amassed a collection encompassing some 4,000 works. Today, these works form one of the most remarkable collections of contemporary art in America. Motivated by the desire to share their collection with the public, the couple developed a program to gift 50 works to one institution in each of the 50 states, including UNLV. This program became known as Vogel 50x50. The collection includes the work by such notables as Stephen Antonakos, Neil Jenney, Lynda Benglis, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Bettina Werner and Richard Tuttle. The award-winning documentary, Herb & Dorothy, by filmmaker Megumi Sasaki, will be playing in the Barrick Museum to accompany the exhibition. The film tells the extraordinary story of the Vogels.

The Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence

The Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence

July 12 – Sept. 28, 2013

The Spirit of Independence contains lithographs and screen prints by well known artists including: Alexander Calder, Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana, Colleen Browning, and Marisol Escobar. The works were created in response to the question,”What does independence mean to me?