Fall 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Las Vegas

Opening Celebration and Art Walk, opening receptions for UNLV Fall exhibitions and a celebration of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art’s 50th Anniversary, Friday, October 6 from 5-9PM. 


Laurie Brown, Arena Harena, 1994. Image courtesy the artist and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

Organized by renowned Los Angeles curator Aurora Tang, Preservation explores themes of survival and renewal in a group exhibition that introduces Las Vegas to numerous artists of international stature including Max Hooper Schneider, Candice Lin, and German sound artist Moritz Fehr. Through January 20, 2018. Moritz Fehr, Colosseum, a stereoscopic 3D film that uses image and sound to transport the viewer to a former open pit gold and copper mine, pulling the viewer into its spiral. At Grant Hall Gallery through October 26. 


Moritz Fehr, Colosseum (still), 2015. Image courtesy the artist and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

Waiting for the Flood, at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Auditorium. This recent video from the Center For Land Use Interpretation’s research into the flood control structures of Las Vegas offers viewers a quietly dramatic perspective on an essential but overlooked aspect of the city’s architectural ingenuity. Through January 20, 2018. 

Peripheral Flood Control Structures of Las Vegas, at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. Curated by the multifaceted Center For Land Use InterpretationFlood Control grants us a bird’s-eye view of the extraordinary architecture on the margins of our city.

Shelly Volsche’s liminal asks us to question the enigmatic territory between different modes of being with an eclectic installation of artworks drawn from the Museum’s own collection. 

Mikayla Whitmore, There is No Right Time, Jessie Metcalf Gallery, TAM Alumni Center, UNLV. 


Mikayla Whitmore, from “There is No Right Time” at the Jessie Metcalf Gallery at UNLV. Image courtesy the artist.


Lolita Develay, Elegant Creatures at West Charleston Library, Opening Reception October 8 3-4:30PM. 


Desert Cathedrals: Rhetorical Structures That Make America a talk by Adam Bateman, artist and curator at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Auditorium, October 24, 7-9PM. 


UNLV Visiting Artist Fall Lecture Series:

OCTOBER 5: Visiting Artist Lecture by Amir H. Fallah

OCTOBER 12: Visiting Artist Lecture by Asher Hartman.

OCTOBER 19: Visiting Artist Lecture by Marcos Ramirez Erre.

OCTOBER 26: Visiting Artist Lecture by Wendy White.

NOVEMBER 2: Visiting Artist Lecture by Fiona Connor.

NOVEMBER 9: Visiting Artist Lecture by Brigid McCaffrey.

NOVEMBER 16: Visiting Artist Lecture by Walter Robinson.

DECEMBER 7: Visiting Artist Lecture by Candice Lin.


Wendy White, UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series


UNLV MFA/BFA Fall Midway exhibitions:

Jennifer Henry, SUPERCELL at the Cube, downtown Las Vegas. Opening reception and performance, October 5, 6-9PM. Through October 29. 

Christopher Jones, Midway, December 10-23 at Grant Hall Gallery, UNLV

BFA Midway Exhibition, November 27- December 8 at Grant Hall Gallery, UNLV 


Raymond Pettibon, drawings and prints at MCQ Fine Art in downtown Las Vegas through November 3. 


Jennifer Kleven, Urban Naturalism, Again at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery through October 12. 



Jennifer Kleven, Urban Naturalism, Again at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery. Image courtesy the artist. 


Martina Shenal, Secondary Nature at the College of Southern Nevada Artspace Gallery through November 4. 


Martina Shenal, Secondary Nature at the College of Southern Nevada Artspace Gallery.  Image courtesy the artist.

Brian Henry, Perfect Circle at the Cube, November 2-December 16. Opening reception November 2 6-9PM.  


Benjamin Schmitt, Celestial Abstractions at Patricia Fowler Fine Art, November 2, 2017-January 27, 2018. Opening receptions, November 2 and 3 at 5PM for Preview Thursday and First Friday. 


Tim Bavington, Tim Bavington:Sounds of Silence at MCQ Fine Art, November 8 through January 5. Opening Reception November 8 from 6-8PM. 


Margaret Nobel, Resonating Objects at the College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery, November 10-January 20, 2018. Artist Reception and Talk, November 9 at 6PM. 


Anthony Bondi, The House Edge: Collage, Photography and Interactive Sculpture and Laurens Tan, Babalogic in the Desert at the Sahara West Galleries through November 11. 


Title image: 

“The nation’s supreme desert city, Las Vegas lies in a riverless valley, baking in the sun. When it rains, storms can be sudden and strong, generating flash floods that threaten the city. Defense against this attack has grown with the expanding urban land itself, and there are now more than 100 detention basins in and around Las Vegas to absorb the shock of flood, and hundreds of miles of concrete channels to contain the flow through the city. The headworks of this system are a battery of bulwarks that ring the city at its outermost edge, beyond which little is built. They are massive marginal sculptures of aridity and stasis, waiting for the flood.

This exhibition features recent photography and video from the Center for Land Use Interpretation.  Founded in 1994, the Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. The Center produces exhibitions, presentations, tours, publications, online resources, and other public programs that examine, describe, and explain the built landscape of the United States.”

Image credit: Center for Land Use Interpretation Archive


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