LAS VEGAS–As part of the Nevada Humanities Exhibition Series, a new exhibition, Personal Space: Stereoscopic Nevada, which is curated by Bryan McCormick, will be on display at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Las Vegas from April 4 – May 29. This is an exhibition of historic and contemporary Nevada stereoscopic photography, vintage analog cameras, and antique to modern viewers. Contemporary work was also created for the exhibition using vintage analog stereo cameras by Nevada artists Samantha Forbes, Bryan McCormick, and Krystal Ramirez.
Artist and curator Bryan McCormick notes, “The show is really two shows in one. First, it is about viewing and the one-to-one experience that a stereoscopic device offers – like your own private theater. The second part of the show is about the process of being a maker, both in earlier times and in terms of how we utilized vintage analog stereo cameras and methods for the contemporary works.”
McCormick states, “There has been a long and varied history of stereo images of Nevada. Each distinct period of technological change in devices has corresponded with changes in how Nevada was seen by the world; from western wilderness, mining boom state, the engineering marvel of the Boulder/Hoover Dam, tourist destinations, and the spectacle of Las Vegas both downtown and on The Strip. Stereo images really need to be experienced directly by you the viewer in person.”
Personal Space: Stereoscopic Nevada will feature a range of images from rare stereo cabinet cards from the second Powell expedition to View-Master and stereo views that are more contemporary. It is a rare opportunity to see Nevada history and contemporary works through the magic of stereoscopy.
“History that can be experienced through the technology of any given era is a vital way we can share the stories and memories of the past,” said Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities. This exhibition helps us see Nevada in ways that generations before us saw the state, and also in novel ways that we see the state today – this is very exciting.”
Personal Space: Stereoscopic Nevada will be on display, from April 4 – May 29, 2019, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, which is located in the Art Square Garden Courtyard downtown in the Las Vegas Arts District at 1017 S. First Street, #190. The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 pm, and until 9 pm on Preview Thursdays and the first Friday of each month. McCormick will be available on selected dates from 1:30 to 5 pm throughout the duration of the exhibition to tour visitors through the exhibition and offer quick lessons on how to use his stereographic viewers included in the display. Please contact Nevada Humanities for information on the available tour dates.
Nevada Humanities will host a reception for Personal Space: Stereoscopic Nevada on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm, with a curator’s talk at 7:00 pm, at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First Street, #190, Las Vegas.
About Nevada Humanities: Nevada Humanities is one of 56 independent, nonprofit state and territorial humanities councils affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. With offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities creates public programs and supports public projects statewide that define the Nevada experience and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to the people of Nevada and their communities. For more information about Nevada Humanities visit nevadahumanities.org.