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Fall culture guide: Art

<p>The refurbished Barrick Museum</p>

The refurbished Barrick Museum

Machina ex Machina II, Brian Henry

In his latest exhibit, artist Brian Henry introduces mortality to his machines. His previous show, Immortal Machines, produced an infinite number of images on a screen reliant upon a computer script. The new works will be attached to a small, motorized device, this time limiting the number of possible visual permutations to the tens of thousands. Then: their metaphorical death, as the device recalculates and a new cycle begins. As the individual devices assume random positions, the rods occasionally pass within centimeters of each other in a motorized ballet of tension and time. (Sept. 6, Trifecta Gallery)

Night Sky, Alison O’Daniel

Don’t miss this one-night-only screening of the experimental film Night Sky by Alison O’Daniel. She collaborated with a crew of 30 hearing and deaf persons to craft a multilayered film that by turns overwhelms and denies the senses, allowing both hearing and nonhearing audiences to glimpse the other’s viewing experience. “I wanted to make one film where the narratives within would intersect, touch and separate for the deaf audience and for the hearing audience,” she says. (Sept. 20, Pop Up Art House)

First Friday turns 10

Remember those lean First Fridays where you could navigate The Arts Factory without bumping into anyone? A thing of the past, we’re happy to say. Our dominant cultural institution outside of the Strip turns 10 in October, thanks to the pluck of the Arts District, the expanding nightlife scene downtown and the four individuals (who comprise First Friday LLC, led by Joey Vanas) who came in and saved the limping event from withering away. Now, let’s have a party. (October, The Arts District)

The opening of ArtSquare

A host of art-tastic new businesses, such as CoLab Architecture and Design, Vexed by Design and Ryan Williams Gallery, are moving into ArtSquare, which will also feature a sculpture garden showing works by artists such as Randy Doering and Sharon Gainsburg. (Projected opening: early October)

Relative Perspectives, Javier Sanchez and Marlene Siu

Bright lights shine on the stage and casinos, leaving regular folks outside, looking in. Artists Marlene Siu and Javier Sanchez flip the focus. Siu casts the spotlight on the citizens of Las Vegas, relaxing, working and going about their day. Sanchez takes large-format portrait photographs of Las Vegas residents from various cultures and slices them into 4-inch-by-8-inch slats. The visually fractured images attempt to break up perceived cultural barriers. (Oct. 15, Rotunda Gallery at Clark County Government Center)

The opening of the Neon Museum Visitor Center

Get your mobster, Elvis or showgirl costume out for the Vintage Vegas Halloween Party, which will serve as the grand opening of the Neon Museum La Concha Visitor Center. The event marks the first opportunity for the public to enter the official new digs of the Neon Museum. Starting the next day, there will be an expanded schedule of guided tours through the famous Neon Boneyard. (Oct. 26, Neon Museum)

Visitor Center, Mary Anne Kluth

Mary Anne Kluth draws on the memories of her father as he relates the stories of geological finds from his rock collection. Based on the descriptions and stories, Kluth fabricates dioramas of remembered locations and rock specimens, commenting on the fertile rift between language and visual information. (Nov. 10, Contemporary Art Center)

How To’s, Jevijoe Vitug

There are two kinds of survival: surviving a life-threatening situation, and the mundane, day-to-day struggle to survive. Jevijoe Vitug’s paintings blend the two survival modes by mixing the artist’s survival of a natural disaster in the Philippines with his daily trials and tribulations as a recent emigrant to the United States. In one piece, rafting diagrams float on an unlikely flood rushing down the casino-lined Strip, in a colorful pastiche of early Asian painting elements and illustrations from manuals, offering viewers a colorful “how-to” survival guide. (Nov. 13, Winchester Cultural Center) JENESSA KENWAY, MIKE PREVATT

The Barrick is back, in a big way

After establishing a partnership with UNLV’s College of Fine Arts, as well as what remains of the Las Vegas Art Museum, the campus’ Barrick Museum closed its doors this spring. Walls were torn down, new interior gallery spaces were added, lighting was updated — all to ready the venerable institution for a new phase of existence.

Morebig changes arrived two weeks ago, as 200 pieces from the LVAM collection were unloaded and funneled in, awaiting unpacking and placement. “It’s like a puzzle,” said Jerry Schefcik, director of the Donna Beam Gallery, who will oversee the exhibiting of the LVAM collection, which will spill out of the Barrick and into the Donna Beam, as well as Artemus W. Ham Hall. The exhibit will present a number of works from former UNLV art students, such as Jack Halberg, Tim Bavington, David Ryan and Angela Kallus, as well as other art world notables including John Clem Clark, Robert Beckman and Italian master Modigliani.

“The hope is with the Barrick now under the College of Fine Arts, there will be this synergy between all the galleries,” says Aurore Giguet, the Barrick’s director. “So we’ll be able to go big with large shows, and have shows that work off each other.” (Sept. 18, UNLV) JENESSA KENWAY