Friday, July 30, 2010

Through the Grapevine

[Below, from CLUI, whose director Matthew Coolidge was a featured CCAI "Nevada Neighbor" in March. CCAI's fall programs will focus on art and ecology. Stay tuned for announcements!]

The Center for Land Use Interpretation
9331 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Thursday August 12
Through the Grapevine Bus Tour

"Join us for a tour of a place meant to be passed through - a tour, essentially, of a highway. We will visit contemporary and historic lines of conveyance through the transitional geography between Central and Southern California - the epic Tejon Pass region.

The tour is part of the CLUI exhibit Through the Grapevine: Streams of Transit in Southern California's Great Pass, on display through August 29.

The bus will depart from the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Los Angeles location at 9 AM and return by 7 PM.

Tour ticket price is $30. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 3rd @ 12 noon PST, and must be purchased online."

[Text and graphic from CLUI press mailing. Cross-posted to Signal Fire.]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

City Center | CENTERpiece | Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter
CENTERpiece Gallery 

Las Vegas
Gallery Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Daily

"At an average of 62 inches tall, the c-prints could easily fall pray to the overwrought trend of immersive large-format photography. Instead, the prints offer intimate amplifications of vulnerable, messy moments in fractured color."

CENTERpiece is located at CityCenter, one of the Radiant City's most ambitious new development initiatives, noteworthy in particular at this moment when Las Vegas and Nevada are experiencing exceptionally difficult economic hard times.

Through August 31.

[Graphic and quote from "Marilyn Minter exhibit reason enough to check out CENTERpiece," July 27 article by Danielle Kelly in the electronic edition of the Las Vegas Sun. Caption: "Marilyn Minter’s “Splish Splash”

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Explore the World

Carson City Library
900 N Roop
Carson City, NV 89701

Thursday, July 29 | 6 pm

Explore the World at Your Library: Tunisia and Djibouti.

Library Auditorium

Presented by Steve and Zohra McGoff. Both have traveled extensively and lived in Tunisia and Djibouti.

"Explore the World at Your Library" is a bimonthly travel program featuring people from other countries or who have traveled internationally.

[Information from an article in the Nevada Appeal. Graphic from Google images search for 'North Africa.]

Monday, July 26, 2010


Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

Center for Art + Environment

Bill Gilbert

Using a GPS unit and a compass, New Mexico-based artist Bill Gilbert attempts to walk carefully pre-determined routes in both space and time across landscapes in the American West. His carefully-made plans are invariably disrupted by the realities of terrain and the limitations of the human body. In the tradition of British artists such as Richard Long and Chris Drury, Gilbert's "Physiocartography" performances chart the distance between the map and the terrain, and are documented in drawings, video, and audio recordings.

Through September 26.

[Text and graphic from Museuem website. Caption: "Bill Gilbert. 'For John Wesley Powell, Attempts to Walk the Grid, Sand Canyon, September 27, 2006.'  Digital print, 40 x 40 inches, one-hour walk in each cardinal direction, orientation: magnetic north." Click on image to enlarge.]

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How Soccer Explains the World

The World Cup may be over, but enthusiasm for the global sport continues at the Courthouse Gallery, site of Goal 2010!, CCAI's exhibition of World Cup fine art posters – and at the Carson City Library. The  Library currently features a display of soccer books from  their collection of books on the subject –suitable for all interest and age levels.

 A recent addition to their holdings is "How Soccer Explains the World." Subtitled "an {unlikely} theory of globalization,"  this remarkable collection of ten essays by New Republic Editor Franklin Foer explores issues ranging from ethnic strife in the former Yugoslavia and the role of Red Star Belgrade supporters, to America's ambivalence towards the most popular game on the planet. The book encourages  a view of soccer and its myriad social contexts as ideal for social, political and  existential reflection on the world. It's a fun, serious read!

You can browse all the library's soccer holdings by visiting the library -- or by visiting its online catalog. A library card provides premium access.

[Photograph of Carson City Library display courtesy of Youth Services Librarian Amber Sady.]

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tahoe 2010 ARTour

"Thirty-two talented local artists will open their studios to the public this year throughout the North Tahoe-Truckee Region for two weekends of celebrating the visual arts! ARTour is a self-directed studio tour offering numerous opportunities to meet artists in their work environment, to learn about a variety of art mediums, and to buy directly from the artists. In its seventeenth year, Tahoe ARTour is proud to welcome 22 returning artists as well as 10 new artists. A variety of art mediums are featured, including watercolor, acrylics, oil and pastel paintings, in addition to weaving, glass, fabric art, ceramics, pottery, sculpture, mixed media, woodworking and photography.

Many of the artists are well established with others being emerging artists. All have been juried into ARTour to ensure a high level of quality."


[Graphic and text from North Tahoe Arts.]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Never Ender is back!

"clothes, accessories and art by emerging artists"

[graphic from store website.]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Holland 0-1 Spain [and now back to life as we usually know it ...]

[As the World Cup ends and with it, our month-long soccer indulgence, we feature one last bit of World Cup media - a deft English salute to the ultimate game. Do note that "Goal 2010!" CCAI's exhibition of the FIFA Fine Art Poster PortfolioGoal 2010! continues at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery continues through September 10, and we'll periodically feature prints from the exhibition, and soccer books at the Carson City Library.]

Brick-by-brick fussball: World Cup Final: Holland 0-1 Spain

A recreation of the 2010 World Cup final "in which Spain kept all their pieces together despite dirty play from the Dutch" from the brilliant and sadder-but-wiser mates staffing the Guardian sports desk.

One of a suite of their riveting marriages of stop frame animation Legos and actual match audio.

WATCH  to relive the yellow cards held high – and Iniesta's ball finding the back of the net.

Link to all the videos, including a painful recreation of Rob Green's 'awful moment' in the USA-England match.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sierra Arts
Northwest Reno Library Gallery

2325 Robb Drive, Reno

John Molezzo
"Visons of Reno"

"It’s late at night and I’m heading south through town on Virginia Street, maybe I’ll take a right on Second Street and drop by the El Cortez, say “Hi” to Bill Fong, or maybe I’ll keep going and pay my respects to Dorothy at Landrum’s, have a cup of joe and a slice of apple pie. It’s one of those midnight drives where the streets are full of gamblers and dreamers while the neon’s buzzing in reds and blues and yellows and greens. Maybe I’ll stop in at the Mapes, see if ol’ Blue is working the graveyard tonight. Maybe I’ll ride the elevator up to The Sky Room and stare out at the twinkling lights of the Biggest Little City just one more time before I head home."

Through September 2.

[Text and graphic from Sierra Arts website.]

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Saint Mary's Art Center
55 N. "R" Street
Virginia City 89440

Relic: Dominique Palladino

"Dominique Palladino is a sculptor/performance artist who recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Interested in the visceral and rich history of the formerly known hospital turned art center, Palladino relishes in the idea and duality of past and present, identity and placement, the sacred and the discarded, survival and surrender, and loss vs. gain. Rooted in her utilization of feminine symbology and bodily materials, Relic is a new body of work that explores Palladino’s level of relatedness to her surrounding environments by using the idea of ritual to interact with personal, surviving objects of something past; such as menstruation, animal remains, and artifacts from previous performance pieces. Relic displays an introspective strive to find comfort in an uncomfortable place."

Gallery hours: Tue - Sun 11am - 4pm

Soft Opening: Saturday, July 10th 12pm – 4pm
Exhibition through September 7

[Text and graphic from the artist. CCAI extends congratulations to best wishes to CCAI AIE artist Dominique, and SMAC!]

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bend It Like Beckham at the Carson City Library !

"Who wants to cook chapattis when you can bend a ball like Beckham?

If you're 18, love Beckham and can bend a ball like him the world's your oyster, right? Wrong. If you're Jess Bhamra  - 18, Indian and a girl - forget it. Do you think your marriage-obsessed folks will let you play a man's game?"

In conjunction with Goal 2010!, CCAI's exhibition of World Cup fine art posters at its Courthouse Gallery, the CCAI Blog! is delighted to feature related media at the Carson City Library and CLAN Cooperative Libraries Automated Network.

With this post, we  spotlight Bend It Like Beckham, a film directed and co-written by by  Gurinder Chadha. A DVD of the film is available through CLAN.

The film, a serious, thoughtful and hilarious comedy, lovingly depicts  the cultural challenges common to England's first and second generation immigrants  - and the more universal coming-of-age clashes well known to all parents and teens. And of course it's about a passion for soccer.

The 2003 film  stars Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, at the time relatively unknown actors. The former went on to play Dr. Neela Rasgotra on televisions long running situation drama "E.R." for no less than 129 episodes. The latter, now on Hollywood's A List, has wowed audiences in Pirates of the Carribean, Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.

The film received a PG-13 MPAA  rating for adult situations and language.

The Carson City Library and CLAN collections have an impressive number of tomes devoted to the 'beautiful game. You can browse all the library's soccer holdings by visiting the library -- or by visiting the library's online catalog. A library card will give you premium access.

[Graphic and opening quote from Cinematic Intelligence Agency web page for 'Bend It Like Beckham.']  

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

art form | ballet | religion

"To the aesthete it is an art form, an athletic ballet.  To the spiritually inclined it is a religion."

-- Paul Gardner

[Graphic from "Goal 2010!" exhibition of the FIFA Fine Art Poster Portfolio at the Capital City Arts Initiative Courthouse Gallery in Carson City, Nevada. Caption: "Stadia II." 2004. By Ethiopian born artist Julie Mehretu.]

Monday, July 05, 2010

July FWAC!

Wednesday, July 7 | 4:30-6 pm
First Wednesday Arts Coffee

The Bliss Mansion
Carson City

All CCAI Blog readers: you are cordially invited to attend CCAI's trademark caffeinated informal gathering at the incomparable Bliss Mansion. *

Please join us for coffee and conversation this Wednesday–and the first Wednesday of every month!

Specials thanks, as always, to our hosts Cindy and Steve Brenneman.

* located at the corner of Robinson and Elizabeth Streets in Carson City's Historic District across the street from the Governor's Mansion.

[graphic from Google image search for 'coffee club .']

Friday, July 02, 2010

Soccer at the Carson City Library !

In conjunction with Goal 2010!, CCAI's exhibition of World Cup fine art posters at its Courthouse Gallery, the CCAI Blog! is delighted to feature related books and media at the Carson City Library.

The library's collection has an impressive number of tomes devoted to the 'beautiful game. With this post, we  spotlight "Mia Hamm: Soccer Star" by Rob Kirkpatrick.

The 24 page book features information on the United States' most famous soccer player–with all due respect to Landon Donovan! It's a good introduction to Ms. Hamm and a fine 'read to,' 'look at together' book for parents and four to eight year-olds.

The text is pegged at a third grade level for young readers.

You can browse all the library's soccer books by visiting the library -- or by visiting the library's  online catalog.

[Graphic from Google Books]

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Kids around the world

"Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man."

-- Pele

[Graphic from "Goal 2010!" exhibition of the FIFA Fine Art Poster Portfolio at the Capital City Arts Initiative Courthouse Gallery. Caption: "World Cup SA 2010." 2009 By South African  artist Marlene Dumas, known for her ability to capture her subject with  frank honesty.  4th of 17 posts featuring the posters in the portfolio. Click on image to enlarge.]