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The Barrick Museum: people, place, past present. Inside the Museum
Barrick Museum News. Issue 5: September 11


Hello Friends

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School’s back in session and the Barrick has a great semester lined up! There’s still time to see UNLV alumnus Lincoln Maynard’s monumental new work, Urbis Octaptych along with a retrospective of his older work, as well as an amazing collection of photography spotlighting the harsh beauty of Nevada’s Great Basin in Great Basin Exteriors. On September 14, we celebrate a new academic year and a new mission for the UNLV Barrick Museum with the Rebel Art Party, followed up with our first-ever benefit show, We Will Survive opening on September 24. On September 30, joins us again for the opening of Seduction of the Innocent, an exploration of censorship in comic books and the closing event in their “Yelp Geeks Out” month. More comic books come to the Barrick with the launch of Tales from Fremont Street in November and an exhibition of original drawings, scripts, and other material from the making of the book. And, just for fun, the Barrick celebrates moist, delicious cake starting October 17 in our exhibition Let Them Eat Cake! All this and more in the months to come! “Like” us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @unlvmuseum to keep up on the latest developments.

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Current Exhibitions

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Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey.

July 12 – September 14
Great Basin Exteriors is an exhibition of 30 photographs by three regional artists – Adam Jahiel, Daniel Cheek and Nolan Preece – that examines loss, change and abandonment in the American West. This exhibit was organized by the Nevada Arts Council. Great Basin Exteriors: A Photographic Survey is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature.

Urbis Octaptych: The City . . . the times, the promise.

July 15 – September 15
Local artist Lincoln Maynard has created a series of eight new paintings specifically for this exhibition. Each is an untitled part of the whole, and each a window, a mirror, and a portrait. In addition, the show will include a retrospective component with a selection of works from the artists collection.

Nature’s Colors.

August 19 – September 17           
Photographer Michael Braunstein brings his collection of vibrant underwater and landscape imagery to the walls of the Barrick in this exhibition. Possessed by a lifelong love of photography, Braunstein’s work closely documents the sea life of the South Pacific, Caribbean, and elsewhere around the world, as well as the wind-carved desert landscape around his Las Vegas home. Braunstein’s bright images capture the wonder and amazement of these fragile ecosystems.

Video Installation – Bamboo Road: Meditation Through the Shakuhachi.

September 1 – 14
This lyrical video essay reflects and refracts the moments of an artist, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, performing and making his art—the Japanese flute called shakuhachi. In lieu of describing the history of the instrument, the director, James Sang Cho, contemplates the blurring of boundaries between formal musical performance, rehearsal and the brief flutter of notes. Fundamentally, these artists explore the type and space of musical performance, and the possibilities for commentary in those realms through classical media.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

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Rebel Art Party.

September 14, 7 - 9 pm
The Barrick Museum is throwing a bash to welcome everyone back to campus. Here’s your chance to learn more about the Museum, our programs, events, and how you can become more involved -- while having a great time! Free food and drink, airbrush tattoos, spin art, live painting by local artists, a DJ spinning tunes -- and of course lots of great art in our galleries. Join us for an evening of art, food, and music in the Museum’s historic exhibition hall. Free. Get your art on!

We Will Survive.

September 24 - November 9
In our first ever benefit show, the UNLV Barrick Museum draws together work by Las Vegas artists -- with every piece available to buy through silent auction at the close of the show. The Museum will host a “sneak peek” reception on September 23rd, 7 – 9 pm for a first look at the show. On November 9th, a closing reception and silent auction will be held, with bidding on all the work included in the exhibition. Food and refreshments during the benefit auction will be provided by Wild Truffles catering. Proceeds from art sales will directly support the Museum.

There's still time to donate, send an email or call (702) 895-3381.

Seduction of the Innocent.

September 30 - October 29
Geeks unite! The Barrick has teamed up with Yelp and the  Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival to put together Seduction of the Innocent, an exploration of censorship in comic books. The opening reception on Friday, September 30th, 6 – 8 pm will feature tours of the exhibition, local comic book stores selling comics, caricature drawings, representatives of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and will also be the closing celebration for’s “Yelp Geeks Out”, a month of geek culture across the Valley. RSVP is required.

Let Them Eat Cake!

October 16 - December 16
Come celebrate the most deliciously sponge-like of treats with an exhibition of artwork depicting and inspired by... cake! Opening on the anniversary of cake advocate and French monarch Marie Antoinette’s beheading, Let Them Eat Cake offers Las Vegas artists’ many-layered look at the popular dessert item. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 16th,  6 - 8 pm. Cake and milk will be served, of course.

Submissions will be excepted until September 16th, send an email or call (702) 895-3381 for more information.

Tales from Fremont Street.

November 2 - December 3
On November 2nd, 6 - 8 pm come celebrate the release of locally produced noir comic book Tales from Fremont Street, an anthology of tales set right here in Las Vegas and written and illustrated by Las Vegas comic book artists. View original art, conceptual drawings, and scripts from the comic book. Copies will be available for sale, with proceeds and benefiting the Museum and the Las Vegas/Clark County Library District. The artists will be on site to sign copies of the book.


Ongoing Events


Sketch Saturdays. Every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. FREE. Sketch materials are provided. Visitors are free to sketch any object in the Museum. A drawing instructor will be on hand for any questions or assistance needed.

Storytime at the Museum with Courtney and pals! Every Saturday from 1 to 1:30pm in the center gallery. FREE. Our own storytime narrator, Courtney, provides entertainment and FUN for the kiddos through literature

Tai Chi. Learn the art of relaxation among the Museum’s galleries. Classes meet every Thursday from 12-1 pm in the Museum’s exhibition hall and are free to all UNLV staff, faculty, and students. Wear something comfortable. Beginners welcome.

Family Game Day. Join us every Sunday for Family Game Day. Gather ‘round the table and play a game with family and friends. There will be a wide variety of games available to play. See you there!

Barrick Student Association


Want to get more involved with the Museum? Join us for the first Barrick Student Association meeting of the new school year September 22nd, 6 – 8 pm. The Barrick Student Association is looking for students who share a common interest in and an appreciation for museums. The mission of the BSA is to promote awareness of the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and resources. The group will advise on organizing special programs/events and will help promote awareness and appreciation of the Barrick Museum.

New Collectors Club


Calling all art fans! Collecting art can be fun, spiritually enriching, intellectually edifying, and even financially rewarding -- but getting started can also be intimidating. What should you collect? Where should you buy art? How do you know if you’re getting ripped off? The New Collectors Workshop aims to take the sting out of starting and building up your collection by providing beginning and intermediate art collectors with the opportunity to meet personally with local gallery owners, artists, and other collectors.

We'll soon be launching our New Collectors Club, providing beginning and intermediate art collectors with the opportunity to meet with local gallery owners, artists, and other collectors. Interested? Send an email to or call (702) 895-3381.

In the News

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2011 Fall A+E Guide: Culture from Beethoven to banned comics - Las Vegas Weekly, September 8, 2011

Campus museum loses state funding - The Rebel Yell, September 8, 2011

Museum unveils a new artistic direction - The Rebel Yell, September 8, 2011

Days may be numbered for Barrick Museum in Las Vegas - Indian Country, August 31, 2011

End of state funding imperils UNLV's Barrick Museum - Las Vegas Review Journal, August 28, 2011

Got an idea for a Barrick exhibit? Post it! - Las Vegas Weekly, August 24, 2011

Neon Son: Artist Lincoln Maynard goes back to school with Urbis Octaptych - Vegas Seven, July 14, 2011

Art Notes: Art and meaning at the Barrick - Las Vegas Citylife, July 7, 2011

Support the Barrick


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