Contemporary Art

The Museum’s rapidly expanding Contemporary Collection features work by regional, national, and international artists unified by a broad thematic focus on creative interactions with natural, built, and virtual environments. From paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by American artists Petah Coyne, Michael Heizer, Maya Lin, and Frohawk Two Feathers to new media works by Ken Goldberg, Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson, and Brigitte Zieger, the Contemporary Collection continues to grow through purchases and generous gifts from artists, galleries, and private collectors.


Brigitte Zieger, Shooting Wallpaper, 2006, animated film with sound. The Nevada Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased jointly with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund and the 2015 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisitions Committee (DA²). Michael Elmgreen, Ingar Dragset, Prada Marfa, 2005 Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas, and Martin Wattenberg, Bloom, 2013, custom software with live data feed. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by deaccessioning. Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Petah Coyne, Untitled #1205, (Virgil), 1997-2008. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Louise A. Tarble Foundation, Dorothy Lemelson, and Marion Gruden in memory of Shim Gruden © Petah Coyne, Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York. Maya Lin, Pin River—Tahoe Watershed, 2014, Straight pins. Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Marion Grudin in memory of Shim Grudin; Image courtesy of Pace Gallery.