Basque Lecture Series and Wax-Muslin Rubbings PDF Print

RENO -  A discussion of Basque Migration to the American West kicks off a series of lectures on Basque culture at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno.  Basque Art and Politics follows on March 10 and a talk on Bilboa Guggenheim Museum is April 7. 

The series complements the new Basque Aspen Art Rubbings exhibit featuring wax-on-muslin rubbings that reflect the art of the Basque shepherds left in carvings that survive today on Aspen trees. The words and images left behind are called arborglyphs, many of which illustrated the lives the shepherds left in France and the Pyrenees in Spain. 

The lectures will be led by professors from the UNR Center for Basque Studies.  Xabier Irujo will talk about migration, Zoe Bray will cover art and politics and Joseba Zulaika will lecture on the Guggenheim.

The unique tree carving art is on display at the Nevada Historical Society 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno through April 7.