Nevada Museum of Art / The Journey Exhibition
In his multi-media and conceptually layered works, Bert addresses the ways in which colonization and capitalistic systems contribute to cultural displacement and the loss of Indigenous identities, traditions, and religions. In series such as Encoded Textiles and Border Zone, Bert keeps old traditions alive through new technology, enticing the viewer to actively participate in his art while simultaneously transporting them into the realities of others. Through his different series, he gives voice to people who have been marginalized, silenced, and overlooked.
Bert was born in 1959, raised in Santiago, Chile, and left his home country in the early 1980s before immigrating to Los Angeles in 1981 in search of a more open and inclusive society. Bert worked as an Art Director at the Los Angeles Times and taught art at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, before dedicating his time exclusively to his own art and design.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major book published by the Nevada Museum of Art. The book will include an interview between Guest Curator Vivian Zavataro and artist Guillermo Bert. Additional scholarly essays by Alma Ruiz, an independent curator and Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Management of the Arts, Claremont Graduate University, and former senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Tressa Berman, Ph.D., an anthropologist, curator, and writer who lives and works in California and New Mexico; Ximena Keogh Serrano is a writer and transdisciplinary scholar based in Portland, Oregon.
Read the exhibition press release.
This 208-page hardcover book is published in conjunction with Guillermo Bert: The Journey. Contributions from Alma Ruiz, Vivian Zavataro, Ximena Keogh Serrano, Tressa Berman. English/Spanish. $65
The Book is available now for purchase directly from Guillermo Bert. Contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Nevada Museum
The Lilley Museum
John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art
University of Nevada, Reno
September 5, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Guillermo Bert makes artworks that explore the endurance of immigrants who have left their home countries behind. In his multi-media and conceptually layered works, Bert addresses the ways in which colonization and capitalistic systems contribute to cultural displacement and the loss of Indigenous identities, traditions, and religions. Bert was born in 1959, raised in Santiago, Chile, and left his home country in the early 1980s before immigrating to Los Angeles in 1981. A companion exhibition featuring Guillermo Bert’s work will be on view at Nevada Museum of Art from August 26, 2023 – January 14, 2024.