The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Reno hosts a wide variety of events and activities each month. There are things to do and see for families and children as well as cultural and art events designed for adults. Here are some of the things you can enjoy this month at the Nevada Museum of Art. For details and information about even more exhibits and goings on at the Nevada Museum of Art, visit the Museum's Event Calendar.
Events and Exhibits at the Nevada Museum of Art - May, 2013
A Real Van Gogh? An Unsolved Art World Mystery - through August 25, 2013. In 1948, William Goetz, the famed Hollywood producer, purchased a painting attributed to Vincent Van Gogh. Although it was acquired from a reputable art dealer and deemed genuine by a prominent Van Gogh expert at the time, debate about the painting's authenticity ignited an art world controversy that impacted U.S. foreign affairs. This unique presentation invites viewers and scholars to draw their own conclusions and weigh in on this great Van Gogh debate.
Voces y Visiones: Highlights from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York - through July 7, 2013. A wide ranging and diverse survey of the stellar art collection from New York's El Museo del Barrio, the leading Latino cultural institution in the U.S. dedicated to Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean art. This lively exhibition presents over fifty objects, including sculpture, painting, prints, photographs, and mixed media installations addressing themes such as identity politics, colonialism, emotional connections to homeland, and contemporary visual culture. Artworks created by living artists are contextualized with a concise selection of ancient Taíno stone carvings. This exhibition was jointly organized by the El Museo del Barrio and the Nevada Museum of Art.
Special Events at the Nevada Museum of Art
Art Bite - Linda Besemer on Sine Language - Friday, May 3, 12 noon. Join artist Linda Besemer for an exploration of her optical works that upend commonly held notions of what makes a painting. Admission $10, free for Museum members. Buy tickets online.
Art Bite - Tamara Kostianovsky on Meat, Sculpture, and Identity - Friday, May 17, 12 noon. New York-based Argentine artist Tamara Kostianovsky explores ideas about identity, geography, culture, and history in her fabric sculptures of meat. Join her for a dialogue about her remarkable art in Voces y Visiones. Admission $10, free for Museum members. Buy tickets online.
3-Minute Film Competition Screening - Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Budding filmmakers were invited to submit films for the 5th annual 3-minute film competition. Join us for the screening of the top films selected by jurors the Museum, the Holland Project and KNPB. Audience members will participate by voting on their favorite film. Admission $5, $5 for Museum members. Buy tickets online.
Mother's Day Trunk Show - Saturday, May 11, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Find the perfect gift for that special woman at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Mother’s Day Trunk Show, featuring ceramics artist Dane Meier. Meier has been exploring clay most of his life. The inspiration for many of his pieces is centers around a deep love of nature and the fun and inquisitive style of crafting with clay. Typically altered by hand, or enhanced with porcelain slip, his clay pieces are fired using a high fire kiln or a wood kiln at his studio nestled at the base of Peavine Mountain. Free admission.
Ignite Reno 12 - Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Once in a while a handful of Reno's most gifted and geeky creatives gather to share some of their best ideas in a series of five-minute, 20-slide presentations about a good idea. Ignite's "lightning-presentation" format encourages speakers to keep their wits about them, enjoy the camaraderie of quick thinkers, and enjoy a drink at the cash bar run by Composition Café. Ignite Reno 12 takes place in the Museum's Founders' Room.
Regularly Scheduled Events
First Thursday featuring Drinking with Clowns - Thursday, May 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grab a drink, groove to the live music, and check out the galleries. Sponsorship by Barrick Gold of North America and hosted by The X 100.1 FM Radio and Great Basin Brewing Company. Wine bar sponsored by Whispering Vine Wine Company and bottled water donated by Sam's Club. Bring the kids for Kids Open Art Studio, available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $5 per child. Admission is free for Museum members and there is no additional charge for visitors with paid regular admission.
hands/ON! on 2nd Saturdays - Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free monthly family program is titled Art Rocks. The day will include hands-on art projects and storytelling. Admission is free for everyone on 2nd Saturdays. Here is the schedule for hands/ON! this month...
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Rock Necklaces - Redfield Learning Center.
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - DIY Terrariums - Theater Lobby.
- 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. - Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery.
- 1 p.m. - Public Tour (adult focus) - 3rd Floor
- 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery.
Senior Art Afternoon - Friday, May 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Seniors are invited to expand their interests with a guided tour and a studio art class designed for participants of all skill levels. Light refreshments will be served. Cost for a single session is $7, $6 Museum members. Two sessions are $12 / $10. Three sessions are $18 / $15. Register at the front desk the day of or call (775) 398-7260 to make a reservation. Sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation.
Sunday Music Brunch - Scot and Graham Marshall - Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy brunch presented by Composition Café, accompanied by live acoustical music. Menu features Eggs Benedict, fresh fruit Mimosas and an omelet station. Doors open at 10 a.m. Presented in partnership with KUNR Radio. Sponsored by the attorneys at Holland & Hart. A la carte menu from $3. Museum members receive 10 percent savings.
Guided Tours at the Museum - Several guided tours per month are available free to NMA members and visitors with paid admission. Space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not needed. For times, dates, and more information, call (775) 329-3333. There are also school and group tours available.
E.L. Cord Museum School
Classes at the E.L. Cord Museum School - The E.L. Cord Museum School offers art classes on a year-around schedule. There are a wide range of classes for people of all ages, skills, and technical abilities to foster their creativity. Toddlers, children, teens, adults and seniors are welcome to explore their artistic side. Class topics include painting, life drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, design courses, and book arts. Learn more from the Museum School Class Schedule.
Upcoming classes include Kids' Croner: Spring Splash, Photoshop for Beginners, Intermediate Tapestry Weaving, Travel Book Journaling in Watercolor, Art High: Sketching the Figure, El Arte: Art for Kids in Spanish, DSLR Basics: Recording Memories, Plein Air Painting, and many, many more.
Current and Upcoming Exhibits at the Nevada Museum of Art
- Voces y Visiones Highlights from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York (through July 7, 2013)
- A Real Van Gogh? An Unsolved Art World Mystery (through August 25, 2013)
- Jean-Pierre Bonfort: Travelling (through May 5, 2013)
- Linda Besemer: Sine Language (through May 19, 2013)
- Frohawk Two Feathers: 'And Those Figures Through the Leaves. And That Light Through the Smoke,' Part Two of "The Americas" (through June 9, 2013)
- BLOOM: Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas, and Martin Wattenberg (through June 16, 2013)
- Jacob Hashimoto: Here in Sleep, a World, Muted to a Whisper (through June 16, 2013)
- Erika Osborne: The Back of the Map (through November 17, 2013)
- Amerique Powell: Explosions and Possibilities (May 11 through September 1, 2013)
- In All Cases: A Collection Selection (May 18 through September 8, 2013)
Source: Nevada Museum of Art.