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In celebration of the exhibition “TAHOE: A Visual History” and to honor Nevada Day, the E. L. Wiegand Foundation presents a day of free activities at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30, visitors to the museum will be able to access the museum free of charge all day.

As part of the exhibition, “TAHOE: A Visual History,” the Nevada Museum of Art has gathered the largest collection of Washoe baskets ever assembled.

From noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30, the public is invited to bring their Native American baskets to the museum for analysis by a panel of basket experts.  At the turn of the 20th century, a “basket craze” swept the West. As a result, many people throughout the community possess Washoe or other Native American baskets. A panel of prominent basket experts will help identify and describe the origins of people’s baskets. Panelists include Brian Bibby, Marvin Cohodas, Catherine Fowler, Gene Hattori and SueAnn Monteleone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as many baskets as they like.

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of one of America’s most beloved landscapes. “TAHOE: A Visual History” spans more than two centuries of cultural and creative production related to Tahoe and features more than 400 artworks by 175 painters, photographers, architects, basket weavers and sculptors. A 488-page book by the same name, co-published with Skira Rizzoli and distributed by Random House, accompanies the exhibition. The exhibit is on view through Jan. 10 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, 160 W. Liberty St.

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