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Art Reception: Find Your Folklife
October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Nevada State University’s Office for the Arts is pleased to announce the NTI-Traveling Exhibition: Find Your Folklife
August 28, 2023 – October 20, 2023
Nevada State University
Glenn & Ande Christenson School of Education Building (CEB), 2nd Floor
Henderson, NV 89002
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
6:00 -8:00 PM
Glenn & Ande Christenson School of Education Building (CEB), 2nd floor
Henderson, NV 89002, October 2, 2023 – Nevada State University’s Office for the Arts presents, Find Your Folklife, an innovative photo exhibit exploring cultural identity. Curated by the Nevada Arts Council Folklife Program to illustrate the vitality of folklife, folk arts, and folk communities that are resident in Nevada.
The exhibit features 22 photographs of Nevadans dressed to represent different cultural identities, each paired with a photograph of the same person in “everyday” dress as they might appear at home, work, or enjoying recreational activities. These photo pairs have been combined on “lenticular two-flip” panels so that as the viewer approaches, they see just one of the photos. As they begin to pass by the panel, it “flips” to the other image as though by magic. The effect is created by interleaving the images on narrow strips that are refracted through an overlying lens to create the startling “two-flip” effect. Each image pair is accompanied by a statement in the model’s own words that speaks to some aspect of cultural community or identity.
“This exhibit is a fun way to think about who we are as Nevadans in the 21st century,” exhibit curator Rebecca Snetselaar, who also photographed the models for the exhibit, said. “Cultural identity is complicated. Most of us identify with more than one cultural community and we may express different aspects of that depending on where we are or who we are with at any given time.”
Folklife, folk arts, and folklore all spring from cultural identity, which comes from belonging to a social group. Family heritage — national or ethnic — often informs a person’s sense of self. Cultural identity also may derive from language, gender, religion, age, occupation, and sense of place. Culture is something we share with others in a social group. It’s our folklife: our common values and beliefs, the creative ways we express identity in a group, the knowledge we share, the objects that hold significance and meaning, the activities we engage in as a community.
On Wednesday, October 11th reception attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Nevada Arts Council’s new Folklife Specialist, Brad McMullen. In addition, Nevada State University’s Foundation will provide a limited number of complimentary tickets for attendees to also attend the university’s interactive event that evening, Scorpion Stroll, which includes food and drinks.
The Nevada Arts Council is part of the Nevada Division of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Its mission is to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans