Exhibition: Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

Nov. 21, 2016

Spring 2017 Teaching Gallery: Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here, curated by Lee Cannarozzo 

Exhibition Dates: January 27 - May 13, 2017 

Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here is an exhibition of two complete editions of Salvador Dali illustrated artist books: The Divine Comedy written by Dante Alighieri and The Decameron written by Giovanni Boccaccio. These books, completed in 1960 and 1972 respectively, together contain 110 prints authorized by the artist. A part of the Las Vegas Art Museum collection currently housed in the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, this exhibition presents these illustrated texts in a dynamic manner. Contained within four display cases, the pages of these books will be turned every Tuesday and Friday throughout the course of the exhibition to reveal a new set of illustrations to the public. This constantly evolving exhibition is an invitation for students, scholars, and faculty to view these surreal works of art and to participate in a conversation about the cultural resonance of Medieval Italian texts.

The Abandon All Hope Film Series is an extension of the exhibition of Salvador Dali prints.  During the month of February the museum will screen films that either relate to the artist or the Italian literary works that inspired the illustrations currently on display.  This eclectic film series is meant to further the public’s knowledge of Salvador Dali and to demonstrate the cultural resonance of Medieval Italian literature. All films screen at 7pm, Barrick Museum Auditorium. 

02/03 Un Chien Andalou / Salvador Dali: His Life Through His Paintings

Un Chien Andalou was written by Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel and is regarded as a highly influential work of surrealist cinema.  Created in 1929 this short film is noted for its lack of a conventional plot and use of powerful graphic symbolism. A screening of Salvador Dali: His Life Through His Paintings, a documentary produced shortly after the artist’s death, will follow the screening of Un Chien Andolou. 

02/10 Dante’s Inferno (1911)

Produced in 1911, Dante's Inferno was the first feature-length Italian film. Filled with early special effects and allusions to Gustav Doré's illustrations of Dante's Inferno, this stunning silent cinematic masterpiece stands today as one of the finest film adaptations of Dante's work. 

02/14 L’Age D’Or

L’Age D’Or was produced in 1930 as one of France's first sound films.  Written by Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, this surrealist love story takes a critical and whimsical look at the social mores of bourgeois society.  

02/17 The Decameron

The Decameron is a cinematic work of art by the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, inspired by the literary classic The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.  Known as a controversial film at the time of its production, this visual tour de force stands today as one of the most beautiful representations of Boccaccio’s acclaimed work.  The Decameron contains abundant nudity, sex, and adult oriented scenes not suitable for audiences under the age of 18. 

Curated by Lee Cannarozzo

A native Las Vegan with a professional background in figurative oil painting, Lee Cannarozzo has been working with the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum since 2015. Earlier this year at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery he curated Disconnected: the History of an American Phenomenon, an ambitious exhibition featuring selections from the Neon Museum’s collection of classic Las Vegas signage. Lee Cannarozzo is completing his senior year in Art History at UNLV. His current practice focuses on conceptual art manifested through installations, land art, and non-traditional mediums.

The Barrick believes that art has a fundamental place in teaching and learning across all disciplines. We are pleased to present the Teaching Gallery as an opportunity to explore the role works of art play across the University, and to teach us all.