Oil is an examination of one the most important subjects of our time by one of the most respected and recognized contemporary photographers in the world. Over 15 years, Burtynsky traveled internationally to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of this critical fuel. In addition to revealing the rarely seen mechanics of its manufacture, he photographs the effects of oil on our lives, depicting landscapes altered by its extraction from the Earth and by the sprawl generated around its use. These images tell an epic story of mankind expressed through our discovery, exploitation, and celebration of this vital natural resource.
Museum members are invited to be the first to view this groundbreaking exhibition of over fifty large-scale photographs, by acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music by The Whitney Myer Band. Cash bar available. Admission is free for Museum members with valid member card. $5 Kids Open Studio available from 5 to 7 p.m.
First Thursday with Burnin’ Earl
Grab a beer, groove to the live music, and check out the galleries at First Thursday, today from 5 to 7 p.m. Reno Bike Project provides free bike valet. Sponsored annually by The X 100.1 FM Radio and Great Basin Brewing Company. Bring the kids for Kids Open Art Studio, available from 5 to 7 p.m. for $5 per child. Admission is free for Museum members or with general admission.
Art Afternoon: Workshop & Social for Seniors
Expand your interests with a docent-guided tour and studio art class Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Light refreshments. No art background necessary. Cost for two sessions: $12 or $10 for museum members. Sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation.
Venue launch event
Museum members are invited to meet Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG and Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography, both co-directors of Columbia University’s Studio-X NYC, for the launch of Venue on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Venue is an event platform, mobile interview studio, and forward-operating landscape research base that will pop up at sites across North America between spring 2012 and fall 2013. In cities, parks, labs, offices, homes, farms, wildlife corridors, and malls across the continent, Venue will meet the innovators, trendsetters, business people, and design practitioners at the forefront of ideas today. Admission is free for Museum members with valid member card.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Art + Environment, Future Plural and Columbia University Studio-X Global Network Initiative. Funding is provided by the Western States Arts Federation (Westaf), Nevada Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Slick Kids: oil resists and altered landscapes
Introduce your family and friends to the Museum for free Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation. Join us for gallery activities, storytelling, cultural events, and open studio hands-on art projects each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Mathewson CLAT #4, Sato Foundation, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission and Dermody Properties Foundation. Admission is free.
Film: Event Horizon
Celebrate the premiere of Event Horizon, a new Reno-produced Burning Man documentary on June 14 at 6 p.m. “Burning Man, Burning Reno, a Documentary Look at Burning Man’s Impact on Reno” examines the impacts of Burning Man on the Reno area. The event is $10 or $8 for museum members.
Learn from biologist Guy Hoelzer about the slime molds featured in Gail Wight’s Hydraphilia on June 15 at noon. Free for Museum members and with paid admission.
KUNR Sunday jazz brunch with Chuck DiLaura Trio
Catch a live jazz performance hosted by KUNR Radio and dine from the à la carte brunch menu from Café Musée on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. À la carte menu items range from $5 to $15.
Film: The Big Fix
On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. The Big Fix explores the historical precedents that put the pursuit of profit over all other human and environmental needs on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 or $8 for museum members.
The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno.