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The Barrick Museum: people, place, past present. Inside the Museum
Issue 2: November 2010




Fall has been great at the Barrick Museum, with a wide range of events and a handful of new shows spotlighting local as well as global talent. As we move towards the end of the semester, we have a newly-opened show featuring the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo alongside a gallery of ofrendas by UNLV student groups honoring Frida’s favorite holiday, the Day of the Dead. In our community gallery, we have a show of work by UNLV artists as well as a show celebrating local comic book artists. And of course our permanent exhibition highlighting life in the Americas is always worth a visit.

The Barrick Museum has always been a great place to gather your thoughts, with lunchtime yoga and tai chi classes three times a week (see below) and free coffee every Monday morning. Be sure to stop by during study week to blow off steam in our Wii tournament or just have a bit of a lie-down during our nap-in! All part of the way we strive to be your museum.

At the Museum

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Current  Exhibits

¡Viva Frida! - October 27 - December 18, 2010.

Discover one of Mexico’s most famous artists through images and reproductions of her renowned paintings. Frida Kahlo – recognized as both a pre-eminent folk artist and as the wife of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera – has grown in popularity since her death in the 1950s to become a cultural icon and arguably the face of the Mexican folk art movement. This exhibit, presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and co-sponsored by the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, includes images of Kahlo's art and life and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Also on display will be pieces from the Barrick Museum’s Pre-Colombian and Ethnographic Art Collection that are directly reflected in Frida’s painting. She and her husband were avid collectors and this influence can be seen in the subject matter and style of her paintings. The exhibition opens just days before Frida’s beloved holiday, the Day of the Dead. To commemorate this holiday, several University student groups will be creating ofrendas (altars to honor the memory of the dead) in the exhibit hall.

Drawn in the Dust - October 22 - December 10, 2010.
Curated by Dustin Wax

Drawn in the Dust brings together original artwork by Las Vegas comic book artists, exploring both the connections between them and the diversity of styles and expressions among local sequential artists. Including work ranging from intensely personal, self-published comic books to material from national franchises published by comics mega-publishers DC and Marvel, the show is a testimony to the creativity, talent, and skill of a part of our local artistic community that rarely gets noticed.

Artists whose work will appear in the show include: Daniel Blodgett, Noelle Garcia, Laurenn McCubbin, Tori Morris, Justin Newberry, Ivera Pennent, Pj Perez, Deryl Skelton, and Mark Zeilman.

Smells like Rebel Spirit - October 22 - December 10, 2010.
Curated by Barrick Arts Collective

Smells like Rebel Spirit is an exhibit showcasing artwork from UNLV students, faculty and alumni. The some pieces are representative of upcoming/passed holidays (Halloween, Day of the Dead, and Homecoming). Come see this fun and diverse exhibit from UNLV affiliates from past, present and future all under one roof!


Visit the Museum's website for more information on exhibition programming.

Museum Events

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University Forum Lecture Series
Join leading scholars from around the nation throughout the month as they explore the latest findings and controversies from across the disciplines. All lectures are free, open to the public and start at 7:30pm. Visit the UNLV Liberal Arts website for more information.

  • November 3 - “The Other Sex Work: The Stigma of Sexuality Research in American Culture”, Janice M. Irvine
  • November 4 -  “Portraiture and the Fear of Death”, Cynthia Freeland
  • November 17 - “’Rivers Last Longer’: A Fiction Reading”, Richard Burgin
  • November 18 - “Predicting Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions: What Can and Can’t We Do?”, Stephen D. Malone
  • November 30 - “The Challenge of Creating a National Museum”, Lonnie G. Bunch

Visiting Artist Lecture Series
The annual series returns once again to the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, courtesy of the faculty of the Department of Art and the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission. All lectures are free, open to the public and start at 7pm. Visit the lecture series website for more information. Remaining lectures include:

  • November 2 - Martin Kersels
  • November 9 - Alix Pearlstein
  • November 16 - Barbara Grygutis

Anthropology Lecture - November 10, 2010, 11:30 - 12pm.
Misty Fields, UNLV Anthropology Department, “Women and the Agricultural Transition: Dental Health and Early Farming Females at La Playa (1600 BCE – 200 CE).”

Study Summary:
This study examined dental health differences between adult women and men from an early farming population in present day northwest Mexico. With the adoption of agriculture, populations grew rapidly as a consequence of rising fertility rates associated with shorter birth spacing and readily available weaning foods. The nature of these changes and their effects to women in the past is not well understood, but clinical research has shown that hormonal-related changes can compromise maternal health by facilitating the development of dental disease. The study found that, over their lifetimes, La Playa women lost twice as many teeth as La Playa men. The study emphasizes the importance of dental health care for reproductive age women, particularly with diets limited to grains and starches. Moreover, the study highlights far-reaching effects of the subsistence transition in the lives of women.

Homecoming Week Open House - November 10, 2010, 2 - 5pm.
The Museum is holding a party to welcome students, families, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to campus. We'll provide food and entertainment! Come by the Museum check our new exhibitions and everything we have to offer.

A Tribute to the Life and Death of Frida Kahlo: Love, Sex and Revolution - November 15, 2010,  7 - 9pm.
This event is co-sponsored by the the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, Women's Studies Department and United Coalition for Im/migrant Rights.

¡Viva Frida! Family Day  - November 20, 2010, 10 – 12pm.
Story time: listen to a bilingual reading of Frida, by Jonah Winter, a playful story about the artist’s life and work. Art: Design your own version of a Frida Kahlo portrait filled with the people, places, and things you love in this collage activity directly inspired by Kahlo’s work.

Study Week: Wii Tournament @ the Museum - November 30, 2010 10 - 2pm.
Take a needed break from studying. If you think your Wii gaming skills are up to it and you need a break from studying, prove your worth by attending the Barrick Museum Wii tournament. Prizes, drinks and snacks provided.

Study Week: Take a Nap @ the Museum - December 02, 2010 11 - 1pm.
First biannual nap-in. Take a needed break during study week and take a nap at the Museum. Studies show naps improve memory consolidation better than caffeine. Bring mats, sleeping bags, pillows and teddy bears to the Marjorie Barrick Museum to recharge.

Tai Chi, Every Monday and Thursday, 12 - 1pm; Yoga, Every Wednesday, 12 - 1pm.
Get your relax on with these free Tai Chi and Yoga workouts held in the museum’s main gallery amidst the artwork. Dress comfortably and bring your own mat for Yoga.

Visit the Museum's website for more information on public programming.


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Join us at Blackbird Studios on 1551 South Commerce Street for First Friday (November 5th). We'll be creating an ofrenda as part of the Día de los Muertos Group Show.

Have you visited the Museum? Did you take photos or video? We're putting together a digital photoalbum to be displayed in the exhibit hall and need visitor contributions. Email your submissions to or visit our Facebook page for more information.

The Barrick Museum would love to show artwork inspired by our collection. If you have created work that you would like to display at the museum, please contact Adriana Hernandez.

The Barrick Student Association and Barrick Arts Collective are organizing a book drive for the Jackie Gaughan Boys and Girls Club.  New books and gently used books can be dropped off at the Museum November 15 - December 10.

Next time you're at the museum let us know what you think on our blackboard.  

Around the Web


Stephen Hendee's exhibit "Ice Next Time" garners support
Stephen Hendee’s latest exhibition, “The Ice Next Time,” which closed on October 23, has received several recent reviews from local and national media sources. “Ice Next Time” and “The Textiles of Dark Age Era North America: True Artifacts and Reproductions, From 2026-2280″ imagines human society after an electromagnetic pulse forces apart technology and human progress.

  • Las Vegas Weekly’s Kristen Peterson calls “Ice Next Time” one of the “otherworldly exhibits you really need to see.” Her article is available online at the Las Vegas Weekly’s website.
  • Rebel Yell reporter Garrett Estrada recently reviewed the show for the Rebel Yell. His article is available from the Rebel Yell website.
  • Steve Bornfield of the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a lengthier and more in-depth review of the show in the September 3 edition.
  • io9 recently reviewed the show as well, and included a significant number of pictures and descriptions.
  • Marc Dombrowsky of the Contemporary Art Center’s CAC Blog interviewed Hendee about the show in early September. Previously, CAC Blog discussed the exhibition’s opening.