Nevada Humanities Pop-Up Salon: Creativity and Healing After October 1

Identity Tapestry by Mary Corey March. UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Photo by Mikayla Whitmore 

Mary Corey March, Identity Tapestry, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Photo by Josh Hawkins. 

Apr. 16, 2018

Nevada Humanities and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art will host Nevada Humanities Pop-Up Salon: Creativity and Healing After October 1, on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in Las Vegas. 

Moderated by Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV University Libraries, the evening will bring together diverse thinkers to explore how art and creativity can help us chart a path towards healing after the October 1st shootings. Panelists include Mary Corey March, renowned artist and creator of Identity Tapestry; Susanna Newbury, Assistant Professor of Art History at UNLV; and Jill Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada.

The Pop-Up Salon program will begin with a pre-program reception in the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art gallery at 6:00 p.m. and the Salon conversation will begin in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Both the reception and the Salon program are free and open to all. Parking is free on Fridays on the UNLV campus after 1 p.m. For a campus location map to the Barrick Museum of Art and parking lots visit: https://www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum/contact

This Salon discussion is presented in conjunction with Identity Tapestry, an interactive work of art created by San Francisco-based artist Mary Corey March, and on display at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art through May 12, 2018. March’s work uses different fiber techniques to articulate identity and experience. Identity Tapestry is a 20-foot long panel installation made of hand-dyed yarn, with pins holding statements proclaiming different aspects of identity. When Identity Tapestry was first installed, more than 200 members of the public were invited to weave the yarn through the piece. The resulting tapestry represents the identity statements of more than 200 museum visitors. Visitors are also encouraged to add their thoughts to the wall of responses that accompanies the art piece. 

“March’s Identity Tapestry is a moving and engaging experience that offers us hope as we struggle to come to terms with the horror of the October 1st events. We hope that the Pop-Up Salon program on May 4th will offer us another way to talk about the role that creativity can play in community healing,” said Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities.

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and Nevada Humanities produced the exhibition and accompanying programs with support from the UNLV College of Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

For more information about Nevada Humanities, call 702-800-4760 or visit nevadahumanities.org. For more information about the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, call 702-895-3381 or visit unlv.edu/barrickmuseum.