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Francisco Franco used to commute to school in a stock Oldsmobile in the late 1990s. When he was invited last year to bring the same car — now a custom lowrider — back for an art exhibit, it was a full-circle moment for the UNLV alumnus.
The event is free and includes hands-on activities, storytime, and more. All ages welcome.
Podcast hosts UNLV alumni Babelito and Favyfav and professor Erika Abad for a conversation about Latinx representation in the media and Las Vegas.
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya's 'Rest in Prowess' installation makes its Las Vegas debut at the Barrick Museum of Art Fall 2019.
A public celebration of the project will be held 2 - 5 p.m. April 6.
Founded in 2003, the hall honors people who have made significant contributions to the visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.
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Now in its third year, the Bus to the Barrick program provides free transportation for K-12 Clark County School District children to visit UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Most of the students in attendance have never been to an art museum prior to their field trip, and without free transportation and admission, many of them wouldn’t be able to afford the experience.
Sorry for the Mess, a joint exhibition by Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez, is an eye-opener. The 4,000-square-foot installation at UNLV’s Barrick Museum pays homage to the 85,000 Las Vegas casino employees who wash dishes, vacuum floors, clean rooms and mow lawns. Packed with sculptures and paintings made on-site (some in collaboration with Barrick Museum staff), Sorry for the Mess delivers wit, relevance and beauty.
Both as an artist and as the newly permanent executive director of the Barrick Museum of Art, Alisha Kerlin has been fixated on the moment of viewership: the thoughts and feelings you have when first viewing a piece of art. That’s a big upside of her job directing Las Vegas’ only existing art museum. “It’s such a privilege to do that,” she says. “I love that we’ve created a welcoming and safe place for dialogue here."
Alisha Kerlin holds up a white 3D print of a 2,000-year-old Mesoamerican animal sculpture like a proud mom at a soccer game. “I have a very intimate relationship with this collection,” she beams. For the duration of our museum tour, she carries the replica around, clutching it under her arm like a football. “I didn’t realize his toe was broken,” she says, as if she should have traveled back in time 2 millennia to stop the damage. If she could, she would.
Someone in the impromptu barbershop quartet jokes about performance art being “all bullshit,” setting off a rumble of laughter in an audience of artists, performers, art lovers, and writers, all familiar with the conflicted nature of the medium. It’s another evening of RADAR, a new, regular Downtown performance event. Frequently not as palatable as more traditional painting and sculpture, nor easily defined or understood, performance art can be a difficult medium to establish in a local art community, though it’s been a fixture in some cities for years. Still, it’s natural that an art movement such as this would grow in the shadow of the Strip — and it feels long overdue.
Artwork by more than 50 artists — including paintings, print material, photography, video and fashion — showcases artistic and cultural movements from the late 1960s to the 1990s in the traveling exhibition “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. unlv.edu/barrickmuseum