Nevada Museum of Art curatorial director JoAnne Northrup has partnered with Las Vegas-based art advisor Michele Quinn to co-curate "Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada."
The exhibit seeks to bridge the gap between the Northern and Southern Nevada communities, by providing a broad overview and deep understanding of the most accomplished work being created by more than 30 artists living and working in Nevada today.
A more inclusive view
“These are artists living and working here in the state. They are committed to this community,” said Quinn. “We chose works from artists that have a mature development in their work and that were continuing to evolve. It was important to find something of long-term value, works that could resonate over time.”
The last exhibit that focused on contemporary Nevada art was "Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland" which was displayed at the Las Vegas Art Museum in 2007. The exhibit featured art exclusively from graduates of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "Tilting the Basin" seeks to bring a more inclusive view to Nevada art.
Art as a tool for growth
“Nevada artists are creating innovative work ranging from painting, sculpture and installation, to photography, interactive and sound art. Their work is informed by popular culture, the natural environment and landscape, as well as cultural identity, politics and current events,” said Northrup. “The exhibition aspires to provide contemporary dialogue aimed at enlightening our broader audiences to the richness of our entire arts community and how it can be a powerful tool in the growth of the great state of Nevada.”
"Tilting the Basin" will highlight the work of six artists in depth: Galen Brown, Justin Favela, Katie Lewis, David Ryan, Brent Sommerhauser, and Rachel Stiff. There will also be works that will live exclusively on social media, such as the work of Reno photographer Megan Berner. Berner plans to post daily photos of the Northern Nevada sky throughout the duration of the exhibit. The images will be posted to the Nevada Museum of Art Instagram account. (@nevadaart on Instagram)
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