nevada museum of art
EIGHTY ARTISTS AND TWO HUNDRED WORKS NARRATE THE GREATER WEST.
A deliberately ambiguous title, the one of the exhibition inaugurated on August, 26th, and on show until January 21st, 2018 at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
The adjective ‘unsettled’ has numerous connotations and nuances and resonates on many levels depending on the chosen meaning of the term. The works presented reverberate with one or more meanings of the adjective ‘unsettled,’ including lacking stability; worried and uneasy; liable to change. As well as unpredictability, deciduousity.
Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art (AAM – The American Alliance of Museums – Nevada State), and curated by JoAnne Nortrup, wn collaboration with legendary artist Ed Ruscha, Ed Ruscha, the US artist who in the long artistic career ranged from pop art, graphics and photography, Unsettled talks about The Greater West – the vast region that goes from Alaska to Patagonia, from Australia to western America – through 200 works, 80 artists from North and South America, different techniques and genres.
A boundless geographical area, the one on display, a territory rich in natural resources, indigenous peoples of different backgrounds, giving stage in the ages to many rough conflicts and developed behind the specter of colonialism.
The exhibited works look ahead to the future, but never stop honoring the memory of the past – the ancient ancestors that forged modern cultures, building places here, before they later became unstable and ‘unsettled’.
Trait d’union of the exhibition is exactly the work of Ed Ruscha, who draws freely from his vast archive (among the works exhibited there is also the iconic Chocolate Room, presented for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 1970), enriched by ad hoc loans from partners such as the Anchorage Museum and the Palm Spring Art Museum.
Unsettled is divided into five thematic areas, which overlap and reinforce each other. They are: “Shifting Ground” (geology as agency for creation and destruction); “Colliding Cultures” (successive peoples settling and resettling territories); “Colonizing Resources ” (natural resources as necessities or property); “The Sublime Open ” (sublime landscapes elevating curiosity to profound enchantment and terror); and “Experimental Diversity ” (peoples giving rise to artistic practices—traditional, technological, visionary—that converge and converse over time).
Until January 21st, 2018.
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