By Amanda Horn
Winter and early spring in Reno/Tahoe have no shortage of activities to pursue. Beyond incredible mountain views, craft brews, and locally flavored restaurants, a world of top-notch cultural experiences await.
The Nevada Museum of Art, conveniently situated on Liberty Street between Downtown and Midtown Reno, offers globally renowned exhibitions that will delight any traveler. Here are the season’s highlights:
Decorative Arms: Treasures from the Robert M. Lee Collection
Through February 16, 2020
Decorative Arms includes more than 190 objects dating from as early as the 1500s through the modern era that showcase the skills of some of the most renowned arms makers and engravers in the world. Featuring historical suits of armor, antique firearms, swords, and modern arms, the exhibition is drawn from the private collection of Mr. Robert M. Lee — known to an international community of enthusiasts as one of the finest arms collections in the United States.
America’s Art, Nevada’s Choice: Community Selections from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Through April 19, 2020
Last summer, the Nevada Museum of Art launched a month-long community wide campaign where the public voted to decide which artworks would come to the museum from Washington D.C. The three paintings on view are the “winners” that received the most public votes: The South Ledges, Appledore, 1913, by Childe Hassam; Ryder’s House, 1933, by Edward Hopper; and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hibiscus with Plumeria, 1939.
This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative. America’s Art, Nevada’s Choice at the Nevada Museum of Art is exclusively sponsored by the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative and the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.
The World Stage: Contemporary Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
March 14 – May 24, 2020
The World Stage assembles more than 100 contemporary artworks by 40 American artists, including Andy Warhol, Mickalene Thomas, Wendy Red Star, Robert Rauschenberg, Kehinde Wiley, and many others. The title The World Stage is borrowed from the name of a series of paintings by Wiley, an artist best known for his presidential portrait of Barack Obama which today hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. The artists featured in the show are unified by the country in which they live, though they possess widely diverse backgrounds, worldviews and approaches to art making.
To learn more about these and other exhibitions, visit nevadaart.org.