FUTURE RELICS: Artifacts for a New World
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, West Gallery
Curated by the GULCH Collective
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and GULCH Collective are proud to present FUTURE RELICS: Artifacts for a New World, a powerful presentation by a new generation of Latinx artists who are bringing performance and the visual arts together to challenge the inequitable relationship between Eurocentric museum practices and artifacts looted from colonized societies in the Americas.
As cultural institutions like the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art begin the process of reevaluating their Latin American collections, we look to artists to show us possible avenues of transfiguration. Who will interpret these objects in the future? What will survive to tell our stories? FUTURE RELICS will develop in three phases over a period of eleven months, each phase building on the one before. The artists will create their own systems of analytical, whimsical, and absurd responses to objects selected from the Marjorie Barrick’s pre-Columbian collection, questioning notions of “the exotic” and “the authentic” as they seek to extend the transformation of our present world from within the museum outwards.
GULCH is an intersectional artist collective based in Las Vegas that supports arts projects, champions artists, and strives to amplify the voices and ideas of marginalized communities through: Curated exhibitions, projects, workshops, performances, and critical dialogue. The GULCH collective organizers are Justin Favela, Jennifer Kleven, Quindo Miller, Krystal Ramirez, Lance L. Smith, and Mikayla Whitmore. More information about GULCH can be found on Instagram @gulchcollective.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund which was established as part of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s COVID-19 response to sustain the arts and humanities.