Due to construction, Museum parking may be limited at the time of your visit. Look for additional parking in free or metered spaces along nearby streets.

Opening Talk: Artist April Bey in Dialogue with Carmen Beals

April Bey’s art explores themes of imagined and alternative futures for marginalized people that contrast with and challenge histories of colonialism. Join artist April Bey and associate curator Carmen Beals as they explore Bey’s themes of Afrofuturism and visions for alternative futures driven by science fiction and fantasy in contemporary art as seen in Bey’s exhibition: Atlantica, The Gilda Region
Doors open at 5:00 pm with a cash bar. 
A program of the Debra and Dennis Scholl Distinguished Speaker Series

Symphony No. 3: Altered Landscape – A Discussion

Jimmy López Bellido, a world-renowned, Finnish-trained, Peruvian-American composer, was invited by Laura Jackson, Music Director of the Reno Philharmonic, to work with curators at the Nevada Museum of Art to select photographs from the Museum’s Carol Franc Buck Altered Landscape Photography Collection to inspire his brand-new composition, Symphony No. 3: Altered Landscape.

The symphony explores the dynamic interconnectedness of humans and the Earth and envisions a hypothetical future where people exist in harmony with the natural environment.

Join us for a discussion with Jimmy López Bellido, Laura Jackson and Director of the Center for Art + Environment, William L. Fox. For tickets to the world premiere symphony, please visit renophil.com

Summer of Soul Film Screening

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten–until now. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

Summer of Soul is presented in partnership with Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society. 

Run time: 1 hour 57 minutes

Free. Advanced registration is required.

The Longest Fight – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

In 1906, Goldfield was Nevada’s largest and most prosperous city and the epicenter of America’s last great gold rush. On September 3rd of that year, Baltimore’s Joe Gans, the first African American champion, defended his lightweight crown against Oscar “Battling” Nelson, a white brawler, in a fight that had no scheduled duration. It was a fight to the finish.

In this film, documentary filmmaker Ted Faye introduces the story by exploring Goldfield at its boom, the impact, and importance of the fight, and the way in which residents have memorialized its history.

Film is approximately 30 minutes in length. A panel discussion will follow the screening and includes Kenny Dalton, President, Our Story, Inc., Dr. Elisabeth Raymond, Professor of History, Emerita, UNR, Mike Martino, Nevada Boxing Consultant, and filmmaker, Ted Faye.

Produced in association with Our Story, Inc. with support from Nevada Humanities.

Picasso In Clay

Vivienne Hall, Owner and Director of Squire Fine Arts in Los Gatos, California discusses the exhibition Picasso in Clay and shares insight on the shaping of the Robert Felton and Lindsay Wallis Collection.  

This program will be hosted in person as well as streamed live on Zoom. 

Lessons from Picasso’s Ceramics

Dr. Brett M. Van Hoesen, Associate Professor and Area Head of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno, explores three key lessons in conjunction with Picasso’s ceramics: the importance of playfulness, the necessity for experimentation, and the culture of collaboration.

Program support and free program registration for students from the Core Humanities Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

A Community Forum: Reckoning with Nevada’s Boarding School Past

NOTE: Pre-sale in-person tickets have sold out. Please join us virtually.

PASSCODE: 975563 

Beginning in 1890, thousands of American Indian children were sent to Stewart Indian Boarding School in Carson City, Nevada as part of the U.S. government’s policy of forced assimilation. This community forum provides an opportunity to learn about and discuss this history and the traumatic legacy that remains. Participants include Stacey Montooth, Executive Director of the Nevada Indian Commission;  Dr. Debra Harry, Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity, University of Nevada, Reno; and the debut of Jean LaMarr’s performance, They Danced, They Sang, Until the Matron Came. 

This program is a hybrid presentation. 

Co-presented by Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, Carson City, Nevada 

For questions about registration, please email claire.munoz@nevadaart.org

I Heard the Song of My Grandmother: Art and Indigenous Feminisms

Join us for a gathering with artists, writers, and curators to consider how activist art continues to subvert stereotypes and advance rights for Indigenous women. Participants include Dr. Anya Montiel, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo, Professor, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles; Kristen Dorsey, doctoral student, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA; and Las Vegas-based artist Fawn Douglas. Film screening of Purple Flower Girlproduced and directed by Tsanavi Spoonhunter. 

This event is presented in-person and on Zoom.

Paid registration includes live in-person access to the symposium, hosted on the fourth floor Nightingale Sky Room. Paid registration also includes morning coffee/tea and lunch.

You may also access the symposium for free on Zoom. Click here to register in advance for virtual access.

*Scholarships available. Click here to apply for a scholarship, or contact claire.munoz@nevadaart.org for more information.

Book Launch: “On the Trail of the Jackalope” with author Michael Branch

Join us for a book launch with celebrated author, Michael Branch for the release of his new book, On the Trail of the Jackalope. Discover the never-before-told story of the horned rabbit—the myths, the hoaxes, the very real scientific breakthrough it inspired—and how it became a cultural touchstone of the American West.  

Doors open at 5 pm for book sales and hosted beer. Book signing to follow.  

Michael Branch is University Foundation Professor of English at UNR. His nine books include three works of humorous creative nonfiction inspired by the Great Basin Desert: Raising Wild (2016), Rants from the Hill (2017), and How to Cuss in Western (2018). Mike has published more than 300 essays and reviews, including pieces recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and the humor collection The Best American Non-required Reading. He is the recipient of Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award, the Western Literature Association Frederick Manfred Award for Creative Writing, and the Montana Prize for Humor.

An Evening of Black Springs Stories (Virtual)

Join Nevada Humanities and Our Story Inc. for An Introduction to Black Springs, a conversation about the history of Black Springs, Nevada, a neighborhood located in the North Valleys, approximately six miles from downtown Reno.

The conversation will be moderated by Angie Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer for Guardian Quest, Inc., and the event will feature past and present residents and community supporters of Black Springs, including Helen Townsell-Parker and Demetrice Dalton, with an overview of some ongoing collaborative projects to document and promote the neighborhood’s history from historian Alicia Barber. We will discuss the development and growth of this area from the 1940s to today, including the struggle and fight for basic infrastructure for the residents of Black Springs. Additionally, the story will be shared of how Black families purchased homes in Black Springs against seemingly insurmountable odds, including a lack of electricity, water, sewers, and paved roads, and began to build a lasting community.

This is a FREE program.

This program will be hosted live online via zoom. Click here to join this program for free. 

Image Credit: Nevada Black History Project, UNRS-P1977-56-0782, Special Collections and University Archives Department, University of Nevada, Reno.