September 28 – October 1, 2017 . Reno, NV
Exhibition & Documentary Screening
Venue: Nevada Museum of Art
We are pleased to be coming to Reno Nevada in September 2017 for exhibition of Huey 174, screenings of the Take Me Home Huey Documentary film and special veteran programing. Below information about the scheduled events and links to the museums website for getting tickets to the film screenings. Veterans and service members are free but you must register.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 5 – 6 pm REGISTER
Please join Nevada Arts Council board member Ryrie Valdez, in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art, to honor our veterans and witness the healing power of art, as we welcome the Take Me Home Huey Project to Reno. Partake in the unveiling of the 47-foot contemporary sculpture made from a re-purposed boneyard Huey helicopter, serial #67-17174, which was shot down with two casualties in 1969 during a Medevac mission in Vietnam.
Artist Steve Maloney partnered with Light Horse Legacy, a non-profit outreach organization supporting veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), to create the project dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans that served in Vietnam and never received a welcome home. It’s a colorful ambassador – literally and figuratively – and a catalyst for conversations for veterans from all conflicts.
With special guests and live musical performances, we intend it to be an inspiring evening for a community in support of its veterans.
Those attending the Thursday evening screening are invited to stay for a light reception immediately following the ceremony.
Winning the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January at its World Premiere, the 70-minute-long film combines contemporary and historical footage to portray the journey of a Medevac helicopter, shot down in 1969 during a rescue in Vietnam, as it is resurrected from a “boneyard” in Arizona and transformed into colorful sculpture by artist Steve Maloney. He partnered with Light Horse Legacy, a non-profit outreach organization focused on supporting veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress and a USA Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, which acquired, restored, and delivered the Huey for the project. As the iconic Huey 174 morphs from wounded war bird into vivid sculpture, viewers of the documentary witness the power of art to heal surviving soldiers and families of the fallen. The film includes a song by the same name commissioned for the project. Composed and performed by Jeannie Cunningham it is the 3rd element to the installation. Ryrie Valdez, board member of the Nevada Arts Council, was at the Palm Springs Film Festival and was moved by the projects merits. She was instrumental in bringing the project to our community.
Tickets are free for Veterans and Active Service Men and Women.
All guests should register early, we do expect this event to sell out.
$7 General / $5 Museum members
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 6:30 – 8 pm REGISTER
Friday September 29, 2017 / 6 – 8 pm REGISTER
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 2 – 4 pm REGISTER