ART AND ABSURDITY LIVE IN RENO
NADADADA MOTEL 2013
June 12, 2013 Update!!
Nada's Bustin out all over! Downtown, Midtown, edge o'town! More artists are secured in rooms and are being listed!!! It's shaping up to be one of our best years. And venues will be easy to find, as we will have NadaDada Motel banners at each location to help you find us, and do our part for Reno sign clutter!
At this time, it appears we have this website as updated as possible. Yet, it should be noted that Nada is a self generated artist event, and it is possible, indeed likely that we missed something. So get out there, explore and see what it has to offer,
Click above for a map of locations and an ever growing list of participating artists.
May 29, 2013
Rex Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org 775-220-4220
Chad Sorg: email@example.com;
Erik Holland: firstname.lastname@example.org
NADADADA MOTEL 2013: CELEBRATING RENO ART AND ABSURDITY
Reno-based artists will again celebrate and create at the annual NadaDada Motel art event in specific downtown and midtown motels and venues, June 13 through 16, 2013. One of the most innovative and unique grass roots arts events in the nation, NadaDada Motel is perhaps best summed up with the six-word statement: “get a room- make a show”.
With a simple and brilliant idea, Nada-artists independently rent motel rooms in Reno and transform them into individual galleries, performance spaces and surrealistic art installations. Painting, sculptures, photography, print, music and performance art, blend and clash with political satire, social commentary beauty and the utterly weird.
Locations for NadaDada 2013 include two downtown venues- the Townhouse Motor Lodge on Second and Arlington, and Gallery 3, North Virginia St. near First St. There will be three midtown venues including the Best Bet Motor Lodge, 941 South Virginia St, The White House, 737 South Virginia St., and Happy Happy Joy Joy, 955 S. Virginia St. #102. Returning in 2013 is Wildflower Village at West Fourth St. near McCarran. One of the original Nada artists, Jeff Johnson, is planning to go room-less and will roam the venues and the city with his mobile art tribute to the Mizpah Hotel.
This very genuine Reno arts event had its beginning in 2007, largely as a rebellion against the larger corporate-sponsored ARTown event held annually in Reno during the month of July. A primary objection among the Nadaists, was, and still is, the focus on outside talent for Artown, leaving many Reno-based artists out of the spotlight. Most of the Nadaists regard themselves as part of the authentic fabric of the city, and embrace the quirky personality of Reno; perhaps not the thing ARTown organizers want to celebrate. But for NadaDada artists, the absurd holds no terror. It is this artistic authenticity that caught the attention of the New York Times on 2009.
One of the most fascinating appeals of NadaDada is the unexpected. There is no central organization among the artists for theme or content; each artist is his or her own creator and curator, and unlike so many impersonal sterile galleries, the rooms of NadaDada are intimate, personal, non-conventional and experimental. Witty or controversial, elegant, thought provoking and regularly absurd, there is nothing quite like NadaDada.
NadaDada 2013 will officially begin on Thursday, June 13 with an opening event at 6:00 pm at the Townhouse Motor Lodge, Second and Arlington. Each artist establishes specific hours, with most rooms open daily until 9:00 p.m. General event information, including a list of participating artists, schedules, and a map of locations is available by visiting: http://nadadadamotel.weebly.com/
Reporter’s Background (wikipedia):
NadaDada is a group of artists who came to recognition in 2007 with the first “Dada Motel” exhibit centered at the historic El Cortez Hotel in Reno, Nevada. Like the Beat Generation, The Bloomsbury Group or the earlier Transcendentalism movement, the artists of NadaDada routinely portray in their work cultural circumstances that they helped to inspire. Common themes in their art include alienation, apocalypse, sexuality, absolute freedom, and revolution against the politics of art. Though NadaDada finds meaning in the anti-bourgeois phenomena of Dadaism, which began in Switzerland during World War I, NadaDada represents an even further negation of the negation of Dada. NadaDada artists adhere to the credo that “the absurd holds no terror.”
RENO-TAHOE TONIGHT features NadaDada Motel 2013! http://issuu.com/renotahoetonight/docs/rtt_june_2013_issuu_2
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Local Reno TV coverage of the June 2, 2012 NadaDada preview event:
KTVN 2 nada preview (Video)
KOLO 8 Nada preview (Video)
NadaDada Preview from the perspective of a participating artist (Video)
Press/Media coverage, from past NadaDada Motel events:
NadaDada on Facebook:
All of the artists wish to thank the motels and locations that are participating... we simply could not do this stupid pointless artistic waste of time without your valued support... ...and to say in advance, that yes, we will be sure the bathroom is clean before we leave and the dead fish stuffed into the radiator will be removed as well.