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Barrick Museum reopening

[ART] JULY 12-SEPT. 28

UNLV’s Barrick Museum reopens after a two-month spring freshen-up with some heavy-duty exhibits.

Pre-Columbian Sacrifice: The Burden of the Elite explores the ancient culture of blood-letting and god-appeasement through figurines and artifacts from centuries-old Mexican and Central American societies. (Any resemblance to the modern culture of blood-letting and god-appeasement is strictly coincidental.) The remarkably detailed artifacts depict feasts, ritual sports, religious hallucinations and sacrifice, all activities the ancients believed were required to keep their societies safe.

Simultaneously, The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection presents works of contemporary art gathered by the famed collectors. Amassing more than 4,000 pieces over the years, the Vogels, in an extraordinary act of philanthropy, gave 50 works apiece to one institution in each state. Originally slated for the Las Vegas Art Museum, this trove wound up at UNLV when the museum closed.

July 12-Sept. 28, Barrick Museum, UNLV,, free.