We are very excited to be bringing many personal collections of “Skeenobilia” — photos, fanzines, flyers, articles, letters and more to one place — Reno’s The Holland Project Gallery — for one month. This collection has never before seen together.
Spanning the years 1979 – 1985, the collection of approximately 60 photographs from Gary Elam and Cari Marvelli (and a few others) follows the inception of the Reno punk rock scene and follows it to its height in 1985/6. Reno (or “Skeeno,“ as it was fondly referred to) was the birthplace of not only the soon-to-be internationally-known band 7 Seconds but a host of other little-remembered but influential bands like The Yobs, Belvue, No Deal, Criminal Mischief, Section 8, The Thrusting Squirters, the female-fronted G.I. Jane and the all-girl band The Wrecks.
The exhibition will feature a documented but forgotten-era of Reno history, including photos of local bands and fans, interspersed with now legendary visiting bands, including Vancouver’s D.O.A.and The Subhumans, San Francisco’s The Zeros, and Washington D.C.’s Minor Threat. This will be the first time these works have been shown publicly or as a collection.
The photographs will be accompanied by a large collection of flyers and posters, a fanzine reading room, letters to the bands the Wrecks and 7Seconds, a timeline and a community photo wall – where people are encouraged to bring copies of personal pictures of bands, fans and artists from this era to create a more comprehensive exhibit. (Copies of photos are encouraged).
To kick off the exhibit, on August 13, 2015 Kevin Seconds (lead singer of 7 Seconds), will talk at the Nevada Museum of Art about the early days of the Reno punk scene. The talk will include a screening of the short film 7Seconds Goes to San Francisco by Gary Elam.