Exhibits Archive


  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • October 3 through 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.

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  • May 9 through 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.

    • Untitled, 1970. Color Photo. 11" x 14" |
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  • March 27 through 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.

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  • May 9 through 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.

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  • 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
    Located inside Emergency Arts
    520 Fremont Street
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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 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.

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  • October 11 through 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.

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  • July 12 through 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.

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  • July 12 through 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?

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