‘Spirit of the Land’ exhibit at Barrick Museum honors Avi Kwa Ame

UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art hosts ‘Spirit of the Land’, described as a love letter to the flora, fauna, geology, history and people of the landscape of East Mojave and the southern tip of Nevada.

The exhibit features the work of 40 artists and musicians celebrating the country around Spirit Mountain, known in the Mojave language as Avi Kwa Ame.

According to a Battle Born Progress press release, the mountain is considered sacred by ten Yuman-speaking tribes, as well as the Hopi and Chemehuevi Paiute.

“Spirit of the Land reflects the continued spiritual importance of this revered wilderness and the past and future of nearby rural communities such as Searchlight, Nelson, Cal-Nev-Ari and Ft. Mojave, all of whom seek ways that will move them forward towards a sustainable future. Through painting, photography, sculpture, video and more, the exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the complex beauty of this unique desert terrain,” they told about the exhibition.

Curator Kim Garrison Means said they hoped the exhibit would confront the idea of ​​the desert as wasteland or a place to be exploited.

The exhibition is in partnership with community satellite sites and will be held at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, as well as the Searchlight Community Center, from March 25 to July 23, and the Laughlin Library from April 10 to June 25.

The Opening Reception will be held in Las Vegas on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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