Don Bacigalupi, President of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, pens "Notes From the Road" for HuffPo. He writes about his travels in Las Vegas with Chad Alligood, Assistant Curator of Special Projects. It appears someone from the Las Vegas region will be selected for the exhibition "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now." Alligood talks about the themes that have been discovered:
For instance, I was recently in Las Vegas, and Vegas, more than any other place, seemed to me to be really responsive to the local context. Las Vegas has such a rich visual and metaphorical terrain that artists can't help, but respond. So, they're making things that are obsessed with surface, that are interested in the multiplication and duplication of imagery, that are interested in ideas of excess and ornament and decoration: impermanence, dynamic change. These are all themes that bubble through this community of artists in completely divergent ways, so this fabric of the city becomes filtered through these individual practices...[resulting in works such as] a lacquered bug on the wall, or a huge piñata sculpture, or quiet obsessive drawings of surfaces. These are all disparate practices, right? But they are filtered through these individual people that are responding to the same stimuli.
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now will be an exhibition of over 100 artists from every region whose work offers "an unusually diverse and nuanced look at today's American culture." It opens September 13.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.