NHS Exhibition Lecture – Wed., July 27, 2022

NHS Exhibition Lecture
July 27, 2022
5 – 5:30pm Wine and Cheese Reception
5:30 – 6:30pm Exhibition Talk

Program title: Find Your Folklife: We Are the Folk, All of Us

Alex Daw, Wolfie Jr.
Alex Daw, Wolfie Jr.
Anastacio Duran, Axteca dance outfit
Anastacio Duran, Axteca dance outfit

Join us for our first in-person changing exhibit lecture with Rebecca Snetselarr, curator who will discuss the inspiration that led to development of the “Find Your Folklife” exhibit and will share anecdotes and insights from her experiences in discovering and documenting folk arts that are practiced and celebrated in Nevada.

The exhibit features 22 photographs of Nevadans dressed to represent different cultural identities, each paired with a photograph of the same person in “everyday” dress as they might appear at home, work, or enjoying recreational activities. These photo pairs have been combined on “lenticular two-flip” panels so that as the viewer approaches, they see just one of the photos. As they begin to pass by the panel, it “flips” to the other image as though by magic. The effect is created by interleaving the images on narrow strips that are refracted through an overlying lens to create the startling “two-flip” effect. Each image pair is accompanied by a statement in the model’s own words that speaks to some aspect of cultural community or identity.

“This exhibit is a fun way to think about who we are as Nevadans in the 21st century,” exhibit curator Rebecca Snetselaar, who also photographed the models for the exhibit, said. “Cultural identity is complicated. Most of us identify with more than one cultural community and we may express different aspects of that depending on where we are or who we are with at any given time.”

Folklife, folk arts, and folklore all spring from cultural identity, which comes from belonging to a social group. Family heritage — national or ethnic — often informs a person’s sense of self. Cultural identity also may derive from language, gender, religion, age, occupation, and sense of place. Culture is something we share with others in a social group. It’s our folklife: our common values and beliefs, the creative ways we express identity in a group, the knowledge we share, the objects that hold significance and meaning, the activities we engage in as a community.

This exhibition will be on display beginning June 8, 2022 through September 2, 2022. 

Rebecca Snetselarr, Folklife Specialist, NAC


Guest Speaker/Curator Bio:

Rebecca Snetselaar joined the Nevada Arts Council staff in 2006 as a Folklife Specialist. She works with artists and organizations statewide to discover, develop, and support traditional and heritage-based artistic practices in Nevada. Her work documents the diversity and vitality of cultural communities in the Silver State. She also manages the Nevada Folklife Archives–folk art objects, recorded interviews, and photographs that document the development of Nevada’s rich and varied folk art traditions over the past 37 years.