Due to worsening weather conditions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel today's programming. The Museum and galleries remain open today.

1927: Maynard Dixon in Northwestern Nevada

During the late summer of 1927, Maynard Dixon headed for Nevada’s northwest corner, initially planning only a two-week excursion, but the trip turned into four extraordinarily productive months. Join author and poet Carolyn Dufurrena of Nevada’s Quinn River Ranch, as she re-traces Dixon’s 1927 journey with stops along the way at Onion Valley, Alder Creek Ranch, and Rainbow Ridge.

Griff Durham on Maynard Dixon’s 1901 Nevada Horseback Journey

In 1901, Maynard Dixon and his artist-friend Edward Borein rode horseback from Oakland, California, into Carson City, Nevada, on the first leg of an epic thousand-mile-ride through the northern Great Basin. Along the way, both men sketched and studied cowboy life and the ranches they visited. Join Griff Durham as he traces their journey through northwestern Nevada, northeastern California, and Southern Oregon, with a special focus on their illustrations. Griff Durham is an historian who has been interested in cowboy horse gear and Great Basin ranching traditions for over 50 years and has guest curated and consulted on exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, NV.

 

Fallen Leaf Lake: Anita Baldwin hosts Maynard Dixon

Maynard Dixon’s longtime friend and patron Anita Baldwin hosted the artist and his photographer-wife Dorothea Lange, and their twin-boys, at her 2,000-acre estate at Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe in 1932. Anita was the daughter of E. J. “Lucky” Baldwin, who made his fortune on the Comstock Lode in the 1870s. Join Marilyn Long, a longtime volunteer at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Tallac Historic Site, as she shares photographs and stories of Anita Baldwin and her Fallen Leaf Lake estate. 

The Politics of Water: In Conversation with Sophia Borgias, Ph.D. and Kate Berry, Ph.D.

Sophia Borgias, Ph.D. and Kate Berry, Ph.D. discuss the politics of water as they relate to Charlotte Skinner’s time in Lone Pine, California during the Los Angeles Water Wars.

Sophia Borgias, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Programs at Boise State University, is a human-environment geographer whose research and teaching focuses on water and environmental governance in the arid Americas. Her most recent research has focused on conflicts over rural-urban water transfers in the Great Basin region, as well as the “unlikely alliances” of environmentalists, ranchers, and Tribes that have formed to protect rural landscapes and livelihoods from their impacts. She is also engaged in ongoing collaborative research about Indigenous land and water rights in Payahuunadü, the Nüümü/Newe territory encompassing the Owens and Mono basins in eastern California. Her prior research focused on social mobilization in response to large dam and hydropower development in central and southern Chile. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography at the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon.

 

Kate A. Berry, Ph.D. is a Professor in Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research interests focus on water governance, geographies of social identity, and resource extraction. She has experience in water and environmental conflict analysis and studies the cultural politics of water, working extensively on Indigenous water issues.

The Cultures of Collage: Camouflage, Fantasy, and Utopic Failure in Nick Larsen’s Work

Collage, as a mode of visual culture, has long been associated with the prospect of rewriting history. Relatedly, it is a site for the material realization of visual trickery, fantasy, time travel, and much more. This talk, given by Brett M. Van Hoesen, Ph.D., examines the history and culture of collage in conjunction with the exhibition of Nick Larsen’s “Old Haunts, Lower Reaches.” 

Dr. Brett M. Van Hoesen is Associate Professor and Area Head of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has published extensively on the history of photomontage and Dada. In 2019, she received Nevada Humanities’ Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. 

Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernandez, Ph.D., on Guillermo Bert

Explore the arc of Latin American art and Guillermo Bert’s place in that history with Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernández, Assistant Professor of History of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

About Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernández: 

Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernández’s interdisciplinary research in modern and contemporary art and visual culture focuses on the crossing between decoloniality, memory, violence, performance, gender, moving image, and photography in the Americas and the Global South. His research has been published in reputed journals such as TDR The Drama Review, Photographies, Cinergie—Il Cinema e le altre Arti, Revista Chilena de Literatura, and edited books (see Publications). He is currently working on two book projects. His research and teaching have been awarded merit-based grants such as the National Research Grant in Visual Arts, The National Research Grant in Dance, and the merit-based travel Grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center. He was also awarded the National Prize in Art Criticism. Guerrero Hernández has organized international symposia in contemporary art history and performance philosophy and has been a keynote speaker at art and academic events. He has directed interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations, master’s thesis, and undergraduate projects in Art History, Art, and Architecture, and is interested in advising graduate and undergraduate research, community-engaged, and curatorial projects at the University of Nevada at Reno. Before joining the University, Guerrero Hernández served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at Kalamazoo College and Assistant Professor at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).

Musica Sierra Presents Carolyn Enger’s Resonating Earth

Musica Sierra and Carolyn Enger, critically acclaimed pianist, engage in an inspiring musical performance and conversation about climate change.  Resonating Earth is a multimedia solo piano performance that creates a meditative space for listeners to engage with music and environmental art in order to directly inspire environmental action afterwards.

About Musica Sierra: 

Musica Sierra was conceived in 2019 by musicians who desire to bring the benefits and enrichment of the fine and performing arts to the Sierra County community in Northern California. Seeing a need for both educational experiences in the public school system and arts engagement in the local community, the group has and continues to build programming and outreach that serves both these groups. Musica Sierra is now the sole provider of music education to hundreds of children and is growing the influence of the arts in the region.

Art Bite: Apsara DiQuinzio on Adaline Kent

Join Apsara DiQuinzio, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, for the closing program associated with Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity, the first major retrospective of Kent’s work in more than sixty years. DiQuinzio will discuss Kent’s life and work, rooted in modernism and the natural world.   

 

CANCELLED: Gallery Gathering with Artist Ben Aleck

Join Ben Aleck, independent curator and artist Melissa Melero-Moose, and chief curator Ann M. Wolfe for casual conversation in the gallery. Light reception to follow.

The Art of Ben Aleck features more than thirty works, this exhibition honors the career of artist Ben Aleck, a lifelong educator and enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Kooyooe Tukadu/cui-ui fish eaters.)

Numu (The People) and Pyramid Lake

Billie Jean Guerrero, Director of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor’s Center, shares history and cultural insights on Pyramid Lake, the Numu people, and relationships and continued stewardship of the surrounding landscape.