“Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII” is a collection of original relief posters and memorabilia that provides new understanding of a watershed event in our nation’s history. It is the first exhibit to challenge our traditional memory of World War II, putting relief efforts at the forefront through poster art, poster stamps, photographs, banners, and programs issued by various relief agencies and the National War Fund.

This is not the story of courage in combat, rather it is the story of those who came together to do something about the carnage and chaos left behind when the battles subsided and the armies moved on. Hundreds of relief organizations in big cities and small towns found ways to mobilize Americans and collectively raise millions of dollars to help those in war zones. The posters used to fundraise, rarely seen and largely forgotten, will allow visitors to understand the effort to aid those in need.

The exhibit will be available through Sunday, October 7, 2018. The Wilbur D. May Museum is in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 785-5961.

Source: Press release from the Wilbur D. May Museum.

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There is a lot of curiosity about the unique event known at Burning Man. This gathering in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno has grown into an international phenomenon, attracting attendees and attention from around the world. The event’s huge popularity has resulted in way more people wanting tickets than are available, even though about 70,000 will be sold in 2018.

Should you be one of those who tried for tickets and failed, there are still ways to get a feel for what goes on in Black Rock City during Burning Man.

On YouTube, the “Burning Man Live Stream” is broadcast during the event. It offers an expansive view of Black Rock City and the surrounding Black Rock Desert playa.

There are numerous art installations around Reno that first appeared at Burning Man. Two of the most prominent are the “BELIEVE” and “Space Whale” sculptures in City Plaza, across from City Hall and next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Others include “Portal of Evolution” at Bicentennial Park and “Pentamonium” at the Lear Theater. The “Reno Playa Art Trail” features more Burning Man art. Part of it is the Reno Playa Art Park, located in the 500 block of N. Virginia Street, across from Circus Circus.

Space Whale, Burning Man sculpture, City Plaza, Reno, Nevada

“Space Whale” was at Burning Man 2016. It is now installed in City Plaza in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Reno is offering some outstanding exhibits in August. Some will end soon, so get over to the NMA soon to enjoy the works of art. Here is a partial list of the current displays…

  • Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada
  • Manet to Maya Lin
  • Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary: Michal Rovner and Tal Shochat
  • The Nuclear Landscape
  • Judith Belzer: The Panama Project
  • Andrea Zittel: Wallsprawl
  • Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains
  • Maya Lin: Pin River – Tahoe Watershed
  • BLOOM: Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas, and Martin Wattenberg
  • The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych
  • History of Transportation: A Mural Study by Helen Lundeberg

“Hands ON! Second Saturdays” is the monthly free family event at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA). On Saturday, August 11, 2018, Museum visitors can enjoy activities related to Burning Man. Each month, Hands ON! has a different focus, frequently related to one of the current exhibits or a significant northern Nevada event.

Even if you don’t participate in Hands ON!, admission to the NMA on this day is free for all visitors. Learn more about the current exhibits, activities, and classes by following the links from my “Enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno” article. For more information, call the NMA at (775) 329-3333.

Source: Nevada Museum of Art