My latest column for Moonshine Ink, “Art Is a Highway,” has a roadside theme as I came across quite a few cool projects that use the road as an audience, impetus or way of existence: The Nevada Museum of Art is showing a vintage neon sign exhibit, Sierra Nevada College recently purchased a Streamline trailer that’s functioning as a mobile gallery space, and San Francisco artist Jane Kim is working on a series of Highway 395 murals (part one of her Migrating Mural) to raise awareness about big horn sheep migration routes.
Buffalo neon sign photo courtesy the collection of Will Durham
When you work from home, it’s a lot harder to say no to things… especially volunteering (and accompanying friends to the beach). So, this month, I donated some 12 hours or so to helping the Nevada Museum of Art out with the installation of To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum, as well as ushering at the sold-out matinee talk from Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian minister of antiquities.
Besides the art and artifacts themselves, I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibit’s mural, which I saw in process but not completed, and the large fabric room dividers we worked on hanging during one of my volunteer days.
I think I’m in love with quilts. Like big modern canvases, they are geometric, and not afraid of color. But better than a painting or sculpture, they have a function. Thus, I am thrilled to see some highly renowned examples of the craft at the Nevada Museum of Art this month.
Opening tomorrow (and showing through April 11), A Survey of Gee’s Bend Quilts takes a look at the quilts and traditions of the women from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The New York Times called them “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” Now if only I could snuggle up in one.
Nettie Young, Sampler Quilt, early 1970s. Corduroy, 84 x 77 inches. Courtesy of Tinwood Alliance
Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2006. Denim, cotton/polyester twill, polyester, 79 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Tinwood Alliance
The latest Moonshine Ink is out, featuring my DiStill Life art column on Raphael and Rembrandt visiting the Nevada Museum of Art as well as my handiwork editing the Wellness & Learning section.
Check it out on stands around the lake… lotsa good stuff in this one!
The Nevada Museum of Art’s E.L. Cord Museum School has a good thing going. With instruction on everything from watercolor painting to Burning Man illuminated costume-making, the class menu leaves no art unturned.
Thursday October 8 the school’s instructors are hosting an open house, 6–8pm, to discuss their upcoming classes and display and demo their work.
And why should you go?
1) it’s free! *just stepping inside the architecturally beautiful building is worth the trip alone
2) class tuition discounts! *museum members get 10% off, and non-members get member pricing
3) you’ll be inspired to take a class (or gift one, like I did for a friend’s birthday last year), and then you’ll have a new skill
For more info, visit nevadaart.org or check out the flyer.