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Works in Progress: Artist Sydney Cain (aka sage stargate)

Sydney Cain (aka sage stargate) (she/them), is a visual artist born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Their work reflects encounters with unseen realities. Cain’s work draws on their ancestry at the confluence of landscape, afterlives, and spiritual well-being of Black people. Join us as Cain discusses their practice and current artist residency in Nevada. Cain’s work, And They Are Not Afraid of the Night Because They Are the Color of It, 2021 is part of the Museum’s permanent collections and was on view in the 2022 exhibition In Frequencies

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.

Art Bite: Visions of Smoke Creek with Artist Michael Moore

Artist Michael Moore spends three to five months a year living and painting at his Smoke Creek studio. While in the desert, Moore rises each morning to paint the landscape of the Smoke Creek playa. Join us for a conversation with Michael Moore and William L. Fox, the Peter E. Pool Director of the Center for Art + Environment. 

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

(Virtual) Art as Cultural Communication and the Intersections of Contemporary Native Life

Susan Lobo is a cultural anthropologist specializing in research and community-based advocacy work in urban and rural Native communities in the United States and Latin America. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley where she was the coordinator of the Center for Latin American Studies, at U.C. Davis, and at the University of Arizona. Between 1978-1995 she was the coordinator of the Community History Project, located at Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland where she and artist Jean LaMarr first became friends. More recently she has worked for Tohono O’odham Community Action. Her publications include The Sweet Smell of Home: The Life and Art of Leonard F. Chana, the textbook Native American Voices, editor of American Indians and the Urban Experience and Organización Social, Patrones de Residencia e Idetidad en Comunidades Indígenas Urbanas en Estados Unidos. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona and Tacuarembó, Uruguay. 

Join us for a conversation as Lobo explores art as cultural communication and the intersections of contemporary Native life, while also exploring the work of Jean LaMarr.

NOTE: This program is hosted virtually on Zoom. 

Guillermo Galindo Presents Sonic Borders

Experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist, and visual media artist Guillermo Galindo joins us for a talk about his work Sonic Borders. By showing moments of disruption on the land, Galindo’s work introduces a complicated look at policing the boundary. 

The extent of the work of experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist, and visual media creator Guillermo Galindo, redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition, and the intersections between all art disciplines, politics, and spirituality. 

Galindo’s artistic practice emerges from the crossroads between sound, sight, and performance and includes everything from orchestral compositions, instrumental works, and opera, to sculpture, visual arts, computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, filmmaking, instrument building, three-dimensional installation, and live improvisation. His acoustic compositions include major chamber and solo works, two symphonies commissioned by the UNAM (Mexico university symphony orchestra), the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and choir, and two operas.

Galindo is a Senior Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts, Stanford’s 2018 Mohr Visiting artist as well as the 2019 Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Rollins Cornell Arts Museum. 



Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang: Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victorian Era

Art historian and author Kirsty Stonell Walker explores the colorful histories of women of the era in her book, Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang. She will introduce an enchanting and revolutionary band of women – artists, sculptors, inventors, models, wives, sisters, and muses – who provide inspiration for groundbreakers and troublemakers today.

Stonell Walker became a “historian of the Victorian,” mainly because it rhymed. In almost twenty years’ worth of study, she has written the only biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s most notorious model and muse, Fanny Cornforth. In 2012, she updated the text to cover all-new research and material that has arisen since the publication of the first edition in 2006, including the BBC series Desperate Romantics. She is also the author of A Curl of Copper and Pearl, published in Spring 2014. In 2015 she published a novel, We Are Villains All, a murder mystery centered on the lives of a Victorian poet and his best friend, a photographer. She has written The Kissed Mouth blog since 2011, airing Victorian dirty linen in a humorous and thought-provoking way.

Program hosted on Zoom. For registration support or questions, email christian.davies@nevadaart.org.

Reigning Queens: Frank Smigiel on Andy Warhol

The Museum welcomes Frank Smigiel, Director of Arts Programming & Partnerships at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) in San Francisco, for the final public program related to The World Stage. Smigiel, who holds a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Delaware, leads a lively discussion on Andy Warhol’s Reigning Queens series, the artist’s use of queer imagery, and embrace of kitsch.

Program hosted on Zoom. For registration support or questions, email christian.davies@nevadaart.org.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Sky with Dr. Brett M. Van Hoesen

Georgia O’Keeffe saw the modern world in unique ways, including the way in which she perceived the sky. Blue tones, clouds, and unusual perspectives of the horizon characterize much of her work. This talk will focus on O’Keeffe’s representation of the southwest sky in her paintings and fashion as well as in photographs of the artist.

Dr. Brett M. Van Hoesen is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Art Bite series is supported by Nevada Humanities.

Meet the Artist: Michelle Lassaline

The central theme of artist Michelle Lassaline’s work can be described by the Portuguese word saudade, which roughly translates to “homesickness,” but also carries the meaning of invented memories. For example, you may feel saudade for your childhood home, a place much grander in your memory than the building that now sits at the same address. Saudade is the homesickness for somewhere that never existed except in the form of that fleeting land called childhood. Learn about these ideas of place and their relation to this emerging artist’s work.