In March, as the pandemic reached critical mass, a new exhibition opened at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, then the institution’s doors closed two days later as the nation went into lock down.
The museum is again welcoming visitors, and the exhibition, : The World Stage: Contemporary Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, resumes for an extended run at the same time as its relevance is amplified by current events. Organized by JoAnne Northrup, the museum’s curator of contemporary art, The World Stage showcases 90 artworks by 35 renowned contemporary American artists.
“The exhibition is even more relevant and timely now,” said Amanda Horn, the museum’s senior vice president of communications. “The 35 artists share American identities, but are from very diverse backgrounds.” She said the exhibition is extended through early February to give community members a chance to experience the art and take part in programs and conversations with the artists, museum staff and each other.
Art and culture collide with current events
“We were very moved by the Black Lives Matter movement and determined it would be better for our whole community to leave this exhibition up for that extended period,” Horn said. “This exhibition provides a really powerful backdrop and platform to amplify artists of color, Black and indigenous artists, Chinese-American artists, Latinx artists who are in the exhibition. It provides the opportunity to have many public programs with these artists, virtually, in-person or a hybrid of those, to allow conversations — meaningful, critical conversations – to happen among those artists, members of the community and the museum staff.”
The exhibition title, The World Stage, is inspired by the name of a series of paintings by Kehinde Wiley, an artist in the exhibition who is best known for his presidential portrait of Barack Obama that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Other artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Wendy Red Star, and Mickalene Thomas. A YouTube video offers more details of the exhibition.
Reservations required, precautions observed
“We’re welcoming our community back to the museum,” Horn said. “Probably the biggest change is that we’re asking people to reserve tickets ahead of time. Members are admitted free, as always, but they also will need to make reservations.”
“We’re taking it slow, but the reopening is a sign of optimism. No big programs are planned, but there are many programs happening online, including classes and conversations… In a way, the pandemic has given us the opportunity to deliver many more programs through the hybrid model.”— Amanda Horn, vice president, Nevada Museum of Art.
Upcoming virtual programs announced
Other exhibitions invite visitors
“A Sweet Life: Nancy Peppin”: This Twinkie-inspired exhibition features work by a well-known and much-beloved Reno-based artist, Nancy Peppin, who died in 2015:
“Animal Crossings”: This exhibition just opened, and is organized with the pandemic in mind.
In addition, the museum hosts many recurring online art discussions in both English and Spanish that invite people to explore a variety of exhibitions and work from the permanent collections. For those seeking a deeper creative experience, the institution’s E.L. Cord Museum School is offering a variety of online classes.
The museum’s art-making component of its Hands ON! Second Saturday series continues with Hands ON! at Home projects accessible from anywhere. The museum continues to offer free admission for families on the second Saturday of every month. Tickets must be reserved in advance.