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Unsettled at the Nevada Museum of Art: Upending Notions of the West in Tumultuous Times

The specific geographic focus of Unsettled begins in Alaska and continues down the west coast of North America, through Central America, concluding in Colombia.

Unsettled amasses 200 artworks by 80 artists living and/or working in a super-region we call the Greater West, a geographic area that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia, and from Australia to the American West. Though ranging across thousands of miles, this region shares many similarities: vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. ​

The specific geographic focus of Unsettled begins in Alaska and continues down the west coast of North America, through Central America, concluding in Colombia. ​Works included span 2,000 years, ranging from Pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art. Organized by Nevada Museum of Art Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art JoAnne Northrup with Collaborating Curator, iconic Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha, Unsettled makes connections among the diverse cultures and artistic practices of this super-region.

As part of the exhibition, artist and perfumer Bruno Fazzolari has created a bespoke, commissioned scent, Unsettled Eau de Parfum, available for purchase in the Museum Shop. A major publication also accompanies the exhibition and serves as the field guide for the 2017 Art + Environment Conference. Published by Hirmer Verlag and designed by Brad Bartlett, Unsettled comprises 224 pages and features 110 color images.

Unsettled is on view at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno August 26–January 21. It will travel to both the Anchorage Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum.

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