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Nevada Museum of Art
Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts: E. L. Wiegand Gallery

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Icing on the Cake

A Recipe of Science & Art

In a year which has already seen Jacob Hashimoto’s lovely installation in the atrium, John James Audubon’s birds, Leo Villareal’s light sculptures, and a beautifully presented Egyptian show, it is not surprising to find that the Nevada Museum of Art has much more up its sleeve. First will be The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, opening on September 24, 2011. This is a comprehensive survey of the Museum’s unique and important collection of contemporary landscape photography. Thanks to the foresight and vision of several directors, curators and board members, the museum has put together a wide-ranging collection which includes work of American and international artists. Beginning with the work of the artists who exhibited in the New Typographics show in New York in 1975, as well as that of Hilla and Bernd Becher, the show brings us up to the present with its investigation into the intersection of nature and culture. The various photographers consider, savor, despair of, document and provide witness to this intersection. It is a powerful collection meant to make us look and think, but also to delight in the images. The Museum’s founders would be pleased!

landscapeAmy Stein, Howl, 2007. Chromogenic print, 24 x 30 inches. Collection of the Nevada, Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

In addition, the Museum is publishing a beautiful book of the Altered Landscape collection, edited by our curator Ann Wolfe.

Then, to wrap it all up, is the Art + Environment Conference, to be held from September 29 to October 1.

landscapeRobert Adams, Burning Oil Sludge, Boulder County, Colorado, 1974. Gelatin silverprint, 5 x 7 inches. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

The Museum has built upon the success of the 2008 conference, putting together a stellar list of participants, including artists, musicians, scholars, environmentalists, historians, architects, futurists, philosophers and dreamers. Among those returning are Geoff Manaugh and Fritz Haeg. Leo Villareal will be there, along with Bruce Sterling, Chris Jordan, Ed Burtynsky, John Reid and Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison.

Attendees will come for the great discussions, but also to learn about the extensive A + E archives put together by Bill Fox. During the conference there will be an installation by the Harrisons – Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation which will be, of course, a perfect example of art looking at environment. In addition there will be Fog Garden: The Architecture of Water in the A + E Gallery; Art, Science and the Arc of Inquiry on the Third Floor East, an exhibit documenting the story of Dr. Church, Charles Cutts and the Latimer Art Club; Australia’s Murray River by Richard Black in the library; a Robert Adams exhibit in the Altered Landscape Gallery; The Heavens are Blue by Jean-Luc Mylane in the Cassaza Gallery; and an exciting show guest-curated by Geoff Manaugh, Landscape Futures, in the Contemporary Gallery.

There it is. So many examples of the meeting of art and science, all housed in a museum dedicated to that very thing. Another toast is in order. Happy Birthday Nevada Museum of Art!

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News & Updates

ART + ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE Begins September 29th through October 1st. Be sure to register early or contact Rosalind for a volunteer’s view of this event.

Second Saturdays are Free. Thanks to the Nightingale Family Foundation, admission to the Museum is FREE every second Saturday throughout 2011.

First Thursday Enjoy a cool beverage 5 to 7 PM while listening to the Whitney Myer Band, August 4th and Max Yasgur’s Band, September 1st. Free valet parking for your bike, courtesy of Reno Bike Project. Admission $10/ Members FREE

Talk and Tasting: Tom Young, Jazz Aldrich, Ancient Egyptian Homebrew and Dr. Church’s Living Room Lager Enjoy an original brew and learn the process of recreating an authentic Egyptian beer in honor of Museum founder, James E. Church. Thursday, August 11th, 6 - 7 PM. $12/ $8 Members. Fee includes one beer, additional beer available for purchase.

Wander through the wilderness one last time. Don’t miss the imagery of Ansel Adams Distance and Detail. Exhibit ends August 14th.

Sunday Jazz Brunch 11 AM to 1 PM, welcomes Dickie Mills Group, Sunday, August 21st. On September 18th, enjoy the music of the Jackie Landrum Trio. Admission is FREE. A la carte brunch menu provided by Café Musée. Brunch menu $5-$15.

Join local bands, Very Pretty Pigeon and Memory Motel rooftop for an Indie Rock Night Thursday, August 18th. 6 - 7:30 PM. Admission is $3.

A Special Exhibition Art, Science and the Arc of Inquiry The Evolution of the Nevada Museum of Art, comprised of archival materials, including photographs, newspaper articles and artworks, from the Museum’s Collection and the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections. August 27th-29th. FREE with admission fee.

Art Break Bring a friend and peek “behind the scenes” with fellow Museum volunteers Thursday, September 8th. Lecture begins at 5 PM followed by Museum tour.

The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment opens Saturday, September 24th commemorating the Museum’s 80th anniversary of the institution’s signature photography collection examining human interaction and intervention with the environment.

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
Thursdays 10 AM to 8 PM
Closed Monday, Tuesday and National Holidays

Wednesday – Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM
1st Thursday 5 to 7 PM

Wednesday – Sunday 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Tuesday – Friday 9AM - 5PM

Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in serving on the volunteer board? Have you always wanted to explore being a docent? We are currently looking for help in these areas as well as the Annual Arts and Flowers Luncheon, support for planning volunteer recognition events and administration work. For more information, please contact Rosalind Bedell at rosalind.bedell@nevadaart.org.

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