Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and curated in collaboration with Ed Ruscha, Unsettled features 200 artworks in a variety of media spanning two millennia by 80 artists. It opens in Reno August 26, 2017. Unsettled amasses 200 artworks by 80 artists spanning 2,000 years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist.
Through a broad selection of art and artifacts, the story of the Greater West– a super-region bounded from Alaska to Patagonia, and from Australia to the American West– unfolds through this landmark exhibition. Curated by Nevada Museum of Art Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art JoAnne Northrup in collaboration with legendary artist Ed Ruscha, Unsettled remains on view through January 21, 2018 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery located in downtown Reno, Nevada. The show will travel to the Anchorage Museum, followed by the Palm Springs Art Museum.
“The artists selected for Unsettled foretell the world’s future while simultaneously looking back to honor indigenous ancestors who created cultures and made places here millennia before it was declared ‘unsettled.’ The title of the show is intentionally ambiguous and resonates on many levels depending on the chosen meaning of the term,” said Northrup. “The works presented reverberate with one or more meanings of the adjective ‘unsettled,’ including lacking stability; worried and uneasy; liable to change; unpredictable; not yet resolved; not yet paid; and having no settlers or inhabitants.”