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40th Anniversary Celebration of Goldwell Open Air Museum

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Prepare to party all weekend long as the Goldwell Open Air Museum marks a major milestone. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this October, the 15-acre outdoor sculpture park just outside Beatty welcomes new art installations created specifically for this momentous event, plus a parade, film screenings, and live performances.

Celebrate four decades of only-found-here art experiences at the Goldwell Open Air Museum’s anniversary extravaganza.

In 1984, noted Belgian artist Albert Szukalski kicked off what would become the Goldwell Open Air Museum with his ghostly installation of “The Last Supper.” The museum has only grown since then, with art additions coming from American and international artists. Goldwell’s permanent collection includes a 25-foot-tall, pink cinderblock woman known as “The Venus of Nevada,” a 24-foot-tall steel prospector accompanied by a penguin, and “Diptown,” originally featured at Burning Man in 2022.

The 40th anniversary celebration highlights Goldwell’s Artist-in-Residency program (one of the first in Nevada), and both current and past residents will have specialty exhibits on display for the event. Local artists will put on live musical and theatrical performances, and two film screenings will shine a light on Goldwell’s origin stories. A parade beginning at Rhyolite Ghost Town will make its way into the sculpture park as well.

For the latest information about 40th anniversary festivities, visit Goldwell Open Air Museum’s website.  

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