Opening Reception: Connective Tissue


Sep. 13, 2019, 5pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, East Gallery
A piece of art.


Exhibition Dates: September 13 - February 22, 2020

Remarks | 7 p.m.

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is pleased to present Connective Tissue, the first large-scale assembly of works by renowned neuroscientist-turned-artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. The exhibition features large scale murals and interactive installations enriched by Phingbodhipakkiya’s belief that power and impact are created through connections and networks. “Just as a flawless pirouette requires recruitment and control of nearly every muscle group in a dancer’s body, the things we hope to achieve as a society cannot be done by individual effort alone,” she says, “they require collective action.” 

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is an internationally recognized artist whose multidisciplinary practice uses interactive installation, augmented reality, and biodesign to bring science and society closer together. She is the founder of several large-scale collaborative initiatives, including The Leading Strand, which pairs scientists and designers to create accessible explanations of complex scientific concepts; ATOMIC by Design, a science-positive fashion line and afterschool science & maker club for girls; and Beyond Curie, a dynamic portrait series of pioneering women scientists and mathematicians. Her work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the International Design Awards, and the New York Times. 

She is currently partnering with the Smithsonian Institution to take her exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on tour to museums and Smithsonian affiliates around the world. Community of Microbes, her design exhibition about the impact of microorganisms on the human experience, will be shown at Cooper Union, New York, from October - November 2019. She has created public artworks in Breda, the Netherlands; at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; and in Atlanta, Georgia, where she collaborated with young local artists to paint a large-scale mural. Phingbodhipakkiya is a public speaker, whose presentations for TED, Harvard University, and Google explore how artists, designers, and storytellers can encourage understanding between different disciplines. Working to create interactive experiences that reward closeness and group engagement, she strives to bring more play and belonging into our world.

Connective Tissue has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The project is also supported by the College of Fine Arts, Google, Sherwin-Williams, PPG Paint, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, UNLV Department of Art, UNLV Department of Dance, and the Women's Research Institute of Nevada. Connective Tissue is in collaboration with the Clark County School District Career & Technical Education Program, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, the UNLV School of Music, and the UNLV Scientista Foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay written by New York-based technologist and playwright, Kat Mustatea.

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The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located in the heart of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.

The museum is easily accessed from the west side of campus at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and Swenson Street. 

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Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Suggested voluntary contribution: 

  • $5 adults;
  • $2 child and senior.

Contact Information

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

External Sponsor

UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, UNLV College of Fine Arts, UNLV Women's Council, UNLV Department of Art, UNLV Department of Dance, UNLV School of Music, UNLV Scientista Foundation, Google, Women's Research Institute of Nevada, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment of the Arts, PPG Paints, Sherwin-Williams, and The Home Depot