Masking, curated by Karen Roop, assistant director of English Composition January 27, 2017 - December 30, 2017, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein Gallery
Opening Reception: January 27, 5-8 p.m.
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. A native of Nevada, Karen Roop has taught courses in English ranging from Composition I to Early American Literature at UNLV, Austin Community College, and the University of Texas, Austin. As assistant director of English Composition, she oversees and teaches ENG 101 and co-teaches ENG 791, a practicum for new graduate teaching assistants in the English department. Her 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.
IMAGE: Mask, Dandy/Catrin (reverse), ca. late 1950, wood, metal, string, and pigment, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum Collection, courtesy Bernice Harner, photo by John Stoelting