"Honest Horses," an exhibit of original photographs and narratives about wild horses, will be showing in the College Gallery at Western Nevada Community College, 2201 W. College Parkway, Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Oct. 21. There is an artist's reception in the gallery Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Honest Horses exhibition presents an uncommon view of the significance of the wild horse to the Great Basin. Wild horses conjure up an image of mythical proportions. Not only are they a reminder of our country's emergence as a nation, their role in the evolution and history of the American West and their impact on Native American culture is profound.
The original photographs and narratives were made during 1999-2001, during which time Paula Morin photographed wild horse herds in their natural surroundings and recorded her discussions with people whose lives are most intimately connected with them. A synergy of image and word portrays the intricate relationship of wild horses to the culture and landscape of the Great Basin -- from yesteryear to the present. The exhibition contains 21 giclee prints made from Morin's original hand-painted black and white photographs.
Honest Horses is presented as part of the Nevada Touring Initiative, a program made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Program, and through partnerships with the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Museum of Art, and Western Folklife Center. The Nevada Touring Initiative is designed to increase access to cultural events and experiences at the local level, particularly in communities that have typically been underserved, while supporting the work of artists.
Press Release: August 4, 2005
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