Professor’s art exhibit rouses love, music and sense of community

2/12/2008 - By: Natalie Savidge

Prepare to rock to the tunes of music performed by Panic Opera, the Juvinals, and DJ Andrew, all while making crafty valentines and a communal art display.

The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) and the Holland Project present Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – an art project and live music event on Friday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 11 p.m. inspired by the NMA’s feature exhibition Like, Love, Lust: Michael Sarich. This exhibit showcases the multi-layered artworks that overflow with personal symbols and icons. Like, Love, Lust: Michael Sarich is available to view until March 30.

“The Nevada Museum of Art strives to offer a variety of art experiences,” NMA Communications Associate Megan Klein said. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is an opportunity to combine the raw emotion of Michael Sarich’s work with live music and interactive art projects.”

This Friday, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang invites guests to participate in two on-site art projects: CTRL ALT DELETE and the Valentine Factory.

For CTRL ALT DELETE, guests may bring personal icons, symbols, or small objects to the event to create a communal altar, a work that reflects those who have come together to create it.

For the Valentine Factory, special guest participants sit side-by-side in assembly-line fashion to write, type, stamp, glue, scribble, draw and cut one-of-a-kind valentines. A series of bells and beeps will serve as code signaling when to pass the valentine to the next person. The completed valentines will be displayed for guests to view or given directly to people in the audience.

Tickets for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang are $8 for general admission or $10 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at the NMA admissions desk or online at the Nevada Museum of Art.

The Holland Project is an all-ages art and music initiative made for and by the young people in Reno and beyond. Based on Seattle's successful Vera Project, Holland strives to empower young people, primarily teens ages 13-18, through access to music, art, diverse workshop opportunities, and community service and activism.

The Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery is located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno. The galleries are open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. The exhibit is closed Mondays and national holidays.

For more information on the event, call (775) 329-3333 or visit the Nevada Museum of Art.


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