Duet #SisterMuseumsNV

Alexander Calder Untitled

Alexander Calder, Untitled (Pinwheels and Pyramids), circa 1970, Lithograph in colors, on wove paper, signed in pencil lower right. The Lilley Collection, UNR. #SisterMuseumsNV

Michael Lucero painting of a butterfly

Michael Lucero, Untitled, 1985-87, Watercolor on paper, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States. Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, UNLV. (Focalchrome)


May. 13, 2020


The Barrick Museum of Art and The Lilley Museum get to know each other through their collections. #SisterMuseumsNV
Bridging the distance between Nevada’s largest cities, the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art in Reno and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas are getting to know one another through social media. Every Friday throughout the summer, beginning Friday, May 15, 2020, the two university museums will post collaborative pairings of works from their respective collections on Instagram and Facebook. The images will be accompanied by captions discussing the ideas behind the curations. 
Inspired by the need to connect at a time when museums and galleries across Nevada have been closed by COVID-19 shutdown, Duet introduces online audiences at opposite ends of the state to potentially-unfamiliar artworks from the safety of their screens, paving the way for further pan-Nevadan partnerships between the two institutions.
“A collaboration between the state’s academic art museums is natural,” observes Marjorie Barrick’s executive director Alisha Kerlin. “Art in Nevada will be stronger if we work together. We want to get to know The Lilley and bring awareness to both museums while having fun curating miniature exhibitions from our collections.”
“Art creates community and can forge meaningful relationships. With that in mind, we wanted to initiate an ongoing dialogue between our two collections. Our intention is to establish a fruitful and glistening collaboration between these two sister museums,” says Vivian Zavataro,  director of The Lilley.
The pairings will be curated by both directors in collaboration with Marjorie Barrick researcher D.K. Sole.  The depth of the state’s university art collections enables the curators to consider work by historically recognized figures like Salvador Dalí and Pierre-Auguste Renoir alongside paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and photography by contemporary artists such as Deborah Aschheim, Lynda Benglis,  John Edmonds, Justin Favela, Wendy Red Star, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

About the UNLV College of Fine Arts

Located on the main campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the UNLV College of Fine Arts offers graduate degrees in Art, Architecture, Film, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Entertainment Engineering and Design, a unique discipline that combines engineering with technical theatre training. The College’s facilities include theaters and contemporary art galleries as well as the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. 

About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to the arts. Located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Barrick promotes a powerful awareness of the arts through programs of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities.  On Instagram at @unlvmuseum and Twitter at @unlvmuseum. On Facebook at facebook.com/unlvmuseum

About the UNR College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts is central to the intellectual and artistic life of the University of Nevada, Reno. We contribute to the University's efforts to provide undergraduate students with general and specialized education that will prepare them for advanced study, careers, and citizenship in a diverse world. The college offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. The quality and effectiveness of the college's departments and programs contribute greatly to the learning, discovery, and engagement of our students across all disciplines.

About the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art

The John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art (The Lilley) supports campus, regional and global viewers in an exploration of today's world through intellectual and creative inquiry. This mission is informed by values articulated by the department and The Lilley board of advisors who believe that our human community stands to gain from the development of cognitive, behavioral and affective arts learning that leads to informed and intentioned living. Committed to extend the excellence of the University of Nevada, Reno, The Lilley collects, conserves, exhibits and shares art research with the understanding that both our cultural heritage and our future belong to the publics we serve. On Instagram at @thelilleymuseum.  On Facebook at facebook.com/thelilleymuseum