Liminal – Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV

Sep. 29, 2017 to Jan. 20, 2018

Winter Garbage Chunks, 2008,

Winter Garbage Chunks, 2008,

This idea of in between, overlap, or liminality asks us to think about our own roles in society, as well as the roles of others. We can focus on specific identities or turn our attention to the space where components of identity overlap. Are pets “just animals” or are they “becoming persons”? How do ancestry and nationality create an ethnic identity? Can we take the role of “the other” by donning a mask and viewing the world through their eyes? To be “liminal” means to be at the threshold or border of something– a physical space, an ideology or concept, or even between categories of identity. Curated by Shelly Volsche and featuring work by China Adams, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Kara Joslyn, Michael Ogilvie, and Brent Sommerhauser, liminal invites viewers to ponder the ways in which they are “in between” and what this state truly means.

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