Activist Ms. Ruby Duncan: Knocking & Walking


Feb. 25, 2022, 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Person looking at art on the wall

Seeing/Seen, curated by Erica Vital-Lazare, 2021. Installation image by Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services.


Activist Ms. Ruby Duncan: Knocking & Walking 

Seeing/Seen  | curated by Erica Vital-Lazare

Everyone is welcome.

Prominent welfare rights leader Ruby Duncan joins us for an hour of storytelling and conversation to uplift the closing days of Seeing/Seen. Beginning with Strip-stopping protest marches, eat-ins, and the founding of the Nevada Welfare Rights Organization in the 1970s, Duncan has championed the rights of low-income Nevadans in Las Vegas and across the state. She has been named a Distinguished Nevadan, with honorary degrees from UNLV and the Community College of Southern Nevada. This event will be an opportunity to commune with one another and bring our stories as we sit at the feet of this living legend. 

A historic photo portrait of Duncan from the archives of UNLV Special Collections will be on view in Seeing/Seen until February 26th. Curated by Erica Vital-Lazare, the exhibition is centered on "the ways in which the lives of Black women can differ in kind and at the same time reflect a potency born of a shared history, majesty, and a hard-earned shaping of future selves."

The conversation with Duncan will take place at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 25, at 12:30 p.m. A closing reception for Seeing/Seen will be held the same evening from 5 - 8 p.m. Entry to both these events is free. All are welcome. 

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 by end of day on Feb. 23 to discuss your needs:


Free admission. All are welcome.

Admission Information


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.


Contact Information

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

External Sponsor

Seeing/Seen is made possible 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. 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.