• Ongoing Programs

    Barrio Block Party

    Saturday July 8, 2017 / 10 am – 6 pm

    Presented by Bank of America

    Join us for a blowout summer block party! Enjoy a free day at the Museum, live performances, food and craft vendors and hands-on art projects. Have your face painted, tour the galleries, drop in the E.L. Cord Museum School for free art projects while enjoying the sounds of live music! Activities run from 10 am – 4 pm. FREE admission to the Museum continues until 6 pm.

    View Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art, works from the Bank of America Collection , and City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man.

    Kenji’s | Lazy Sundae Ice Cream Truck | St. Lawrence Pizza | La Favorita

    Rock Climbing Wall | Face Painting | Tissue Paper Flowers | Drop-in Drawing | Printed Postcards hosted by the Holland Project | Hula-hooping and Sidewalk Chalk | Fish Flower Press Bicycle Press

    Meet the artist, Peter Hazel, and see his maquette of the large-scale Burning Man sculpture “Bloom.” Join him and help create a gift for Burning Man this year. Learn more about Bloom and how you can help be a part of the project here.

    Live Music by Ritmo Ardiente | Performances by Danza De Matlachines Guadalupana | DJ by Amplified Entertainment

    Collaborative Painting Project

    Eastern Slopes Clay Works | Elevation Hoops | Faith Colors | Grace Hayes | Infinite Glass | Jiggler Designs | Barbara Kallestad | Louise Noel Silk Paintings | Meridian Press | Pottery by Leigh | Rock NV Jewelry | Shelby McAuliffe | Sierra Essentials | Tahoe Teas | Wild Sierra Soap

    Lead sponsorship for the Hands ON! program through 2024 is provided by the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation. Additional sponsorship by NV Energy, the Sato Foundation, the Thomas P. Raley Foundation, US Bank, and the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission. Free admission on Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation. Media sponsorship by Entravision and El Sol de Nevada.


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    Permanent Collection Galleries

    City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man

    through January 7, 2018

    For the first time ever, explore the remarkable story of how the legendary Nevada gathering known as Burning Man evolved through collaborative ritual from humble... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Nightingale Sky Room

    View from the Playa: Photographs by Eleanor Preger

    through January 7, 2018

    A decade ago, Eleanor Preger never imagined herself taking photographs at Burning Man. Highlights of this Incline Village-based photographer’s work will be on view... more »

    Included with Admission

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    through January 21, 2018

    Unsettled amasses 200 artworks by 80 artists living and/or working in a super-region we call the Greater West, a geographic area that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia,... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains

    through May 11, 2018

    Across the desert south of Las Vegas, Nevada, rises a large, colorful anomaly. Seven colossal stone forms defy gravity with their teetering formations. The... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall

    Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector

    through September 30, 2018

    The fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall is a model for a future artwork by contemporary artist Trevor... more »

    Included with Admission

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    Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall

    Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl

    through December 31, 2018

    Andrea Zittel’s Wallsprawl #4 (Las Vegas, Next to Nellis Air Force Base), is based on an aerial photograph of the southern Nevada military installation known... more »

    Included with Admission