ART AND ABSURDITY LIVE IN RENO
NADADADA MOTEL 2013
June 13-16 2013
Updated May 23, 2013
Locations nailed down! For the first time (except for Wildflower Village) motels are letting us book rooms MORE than a week in advance! As of this posting, the primary locations are- theBest Bet Motor Lodge, South Virginia St., the Townhouse Motor Lodge at Second and Arlington, Gallery 3 on Virginia near First st. (downtown); and Wildflower Village, West 4th St. near McCarran. We are assembling a list of participating artists on this website. Thank You, Reno Burners llc for providing NadaDada with a grant to help support and promote this event to an unwary public!
”Get a Room- Make a Show”
May 23, 2013
Contacts: Rex Norman: email@example.com;
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NadaDada Motel Art Event Returns June 13-16, 2013
What: NadaDada Motel, Reno’s artist self-created, art in motel rooms, “Get a Room, Make a Show” event will return this June, for it's seventh year.
Where: Primary locations- The Best Bet Motor Lodge, 941 South Virginia St. in Reno’s Midtown District, Townhouse Motor Lodge, Second and Arlington, Downtown, Gallery 3, Virginia St near First; and Wildflower Village on West Fourth St., near McCarran, Reno.
When: Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16.
Media outlets are invited to produce feature stories and interviews to promote the event with the public. The contacts provided on this advisory are all experienced with print, radio and TV interviews.
No curators, no juries, no selection committees, no corporate sponsors; NadaDada offers Reno artists the opportunity to create their own gallery, show, installation or performance space in rented motel rooms. Nadadada Motel is often irreverent, provocative or absurd. The event is free to the public.
Nearly 500 artists, performers and creative individuals have participated in this annual Reno event since 2007. NadaDada Motel regularly features visual art, paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, film and videography, performance art and more, using motel rooms as venues.
NadaDada 2012 was a success! On to 2013.
Reno-based artists again celebrated and created at the annual NadaDada Motel art event in specific downtown motels and venues, June 14 through 17, 2012. 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.
Nearly a hundred artists participated this year, with each artist independently renting rooms and creating shows. Locations for NadaDada 2012 included the Townhouse Motor Lodge on 2nd and Arlington, the Lido Motel on North Arlington, the Rancho Sierra and In-Town Motels on 4th St, Wildflower Village at West 4th St. near McCarran, Strega Art Bar at 310 South Arlington, and the new Reno Art Works Studios and Gallery at 1995 Dickerson.
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. With no corporate sponsorships there is no control over content, and the art is not always “safe”. Since its beginnings in 2007 at the historic Hotel El Cortez on 2nd St., NadaDada Motel has gone viral, with a Las Vegas NadaDada event being considered for the fall, and other cities exploring their own opportunities with the concept.
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 Motel 2012 officially began on Thursday, June 14 with an opening event at 6:00 pm at the Townhouse Motor Lodge, 2nd and Arlington. The general hours of all rooms at the various locations was be 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Thursday June 14, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday June 15 and 16, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday June 17.
Discussions are already underway for Nada Gras- Midtown Reno, February 2013, and NadaDada Motel in June 2013. New locations are being considered, and new artists are taking interest. This page will be updated as plans develop.
Local Reno TV coverage of the June 2 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.