Vivian Zavataro is the curator and director of the Lilley Museum of Art at UNR. She knows that a lot of people find museums irrelevant, unwelcoming, or unnecessary. She also knows why.

“The problem is that a lot of people don’t see themselves being represented in museums,” she said. In episode 13 of the Double Scoop Podcast, she talked about how the Lilley is working to fix that.

We also talked about how the current exhibition, En Medio | Senses of Migration, makes a solid case for seeing artwork IRL sometimes instead of on a screen.

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Images of En Medio at the Lilley Museum


Rafael Blanco, a UNR graduate who is now an art professor in Chicago, made an installation for En Medio that includes a 6-foot painting of his wife and a recording that addresses her status as a “dreamer” who can not legally visit her family in Mexico, her home country. Photo: Kris Vagner


“Coyotlalli Techpanoltih (The Border Crossed Us)” is a short video by Indigenous Mexican artist and activist Josué Rivas. Photo: Kris Vagner


Guillermo Galindo is a sculptor and experimental composer. Some of his found-object pieces double as musical instruments. This one is played like a pan flute. Photo: Kris Vagner


“Tres Fronteras” is an oil painting by Kiara Aileen Machado, an artist who lives in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. The title, which translates to “three borders,” refers to the boundary lines between countries that Salvdoran immigrants cross—from El Salvador to Guatemala to Mexico to the U.S. Photo: Kris Vagner

The exhibition En Medio | Senses of Migrations is on view at the Lilley Museum of Art at UNR through Jan. 15, 2022.

On Nov. 5, artist and composer Guillermo Galindo, whose found-object musical instruments are in the exhibition, will give a talk at the Nevada Museum of Art from noon-1 pm and a performance, Sonic Borders, at the Lilley at 6 pm.

Cover photo: Courtesy Vivian Zavataro

This episode of the Double Scoop Podcast received support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.