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TMCC and Nevada Museum of Art host Mixed Blessings Symposium


tmcc-logo-1pms-block-150-6388501-2409923Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) and the Nevada Museum of Art (Museum) have joined together to host the Mixed Blessings Symposium. The symposium, inspired by Lucy R. Lippard’s book, “Mixed Blessings, New Art in Multicultural America,” examines the cross-cultural process taking place in the work of contemporary Latino, Native, African and Asian-American artists.  The symposium will be held Nov. 8-10 with a special opening program and artist reception from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Museum.  Symposium tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for members/students and include free admission to the artist reception and TMCC’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Presented in collaboration with the Museum’s exhibition The Way We Live: Contemporary American Indian Art of the Great Basin & Sierra Nevada, the Mixed Blessings Symposium will feature presentations and creative projects inspired by American artists of mixed ethnic identities. These projects explore the complex relationship individuals have with their cultures and its changing role in society. The symposium will embrace many of the issues addressed in Lippard’s book, such as uncertainty of exile, the confusion of identity in attempts to separate from the ‘melting pot ‘ and reversing stereotypes to reclaim history and memory. Presentations and creative projects will be featured at TMCC and the Museum.

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Nevada Museum of Art

5-6 p.m.                               The Way We Live – Opening Program with panel discussion and performance

6-8 p.m.                               Reception to recognize participating artists


Friday, Nov. 9 – TMCC

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                Ceramics RAKU

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Presentation by Myrton Running Wolf

12 p.m.                                 TMCC galleries tour guided by Candace Nicol, TMCC Galleries Curator

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.            Panel Discussion, “A Symbolic Geography of Cross Cultural Art and Language”

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.                  Artists’ Reception

7 p.m.                                   Distinguished Speaker Series and Mixed Blessings Keynote Speaker, Lucy R. Lippard


Saturday, Nov. 10 – Nevada Museum of Art

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.                hands/ON! Rhythms of the Great Basin: American Indian Art

11 a.m. –2 p.m.                 Water-Based Screenprinting Collaboration

3 p.m.                                   Closing Presentation, speaker Melanie Yazzi


The symposium is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Humanities, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Nevada Arts Council, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Museum’s The Way We Live exhibit will be presented through Sunday, March 3, 2013 and is sponsored by Barrick Gold of North America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Premiere and Program sponsorship is provided by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies with additional funding provided by The Nevada Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information on Mixed Blessings or to view a complete event schedule, visit www.tmcc.edu/dss  or call 775-672-7182. To purchase tickets to Mixed Blessings Symposium, visit www.nevadaart.org/tickets . Additionally, for tickets to the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Lucy Lippard, visit www.showtix4U.com.

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