LAS VEGAS– What and whom do we choose to memorialize? Nevada Humanities’ new virtual exhibition, New Monuments for a Future Las Vegas, curated by Wendy Kveck, seeks to answer that question and others. The exhibition opens online Dec. 4 and continues indefinitely.
The exhibit features collaborative work from creative teams of artists, as well as several independent artists. Curator Kveck along with some of the artists will participate in a Zoom event Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 to discuss the work.
“New Monuments for a Future Las Vegas brings together teams of Nevada artists to reflect on and envision Nevada’s monuments – both real and imagined,” said Christina Barr, Nevada Humanities Executive Director. “This exhibition reminds us how important it is to collaborate even when we are necessarily kept apart due to COVID-19 social distancing mandates. This is exactly what the humanities in this exhibition bring to this conversation – the ability to examine our present circumstances and collectively envision and reach for a reimagined world.”
Nevada Humanities, in a statement describing the exhibit, said New Monuments for a Future Las Vegas is “framed by the current conversations to remove Confederate monuments and mascots around the nation, and, alternately, the preservation of public lands and Native American sacred and cultural sites through Nevada’s National Monuments (Gold Butte and Basin and Range) and current work on a proposed monument (Avi Kwa Ame).
“Artists have responded to this historical moment with a call to the purpose of imagining a better tomorrow,” the statement said.
Visit the virtual exhibition on the Nevada Humanities website at nevadahumanities.org. A conversation between the curator and some participating artists will take place on Zoom on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7 pm. Register for this virtual event at nevadahumanities.org/exhibitionseries.