UNLV students at the Neon Museum Boneyard. Photo: PtD.
FIELD TRIP: Students from UNLV’s "Art and the City in the 20th Century" had an evening tour of the Neon Museum Tuesday night led by classmate Lee Cannarozzo, who was a docent a month ago. He made this walk and talk less touristy-curiosity and more of a laboratory that led into a lecture held by Susanna Newbury, assistant professor of Art History, in a small park under the blinking Neon Museum sign.
“It was like getting back on a neon bike,” quipped Cannarozzo.
The other guide for the night was "Learning from Las Vegas" by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, which the class read to prep for the field trip. While undergrads and grads studying art or architecture had different approaches to roadside postmodernism, many agreed on two things.
Class really started during the drive to the museum by being aware of current visual environment that keeps Las Vegas a study of architecture and urban planning. There was also a consensus that a whole course could be based on "Learning from Las Vegas” and it should be a requirement for anyone studying art, architecture, urban planning, public art, or regional history.
EXTRA HOMEWORK: In a January 7, 2014 Q and A "Still Learning from Denise Scott Brown 45 Years of learning from Las Vegas," one question Designers and Books asked Brown was: "What did you do when you got to Las Vegas the first time?"
Denise Scott Brown: "I looked and photographed. I documented the “view from the road” on foot and by car, and shot The Strip from a raised eye level through the front window of the early morning bus that took workers to the casinos. In August 1965 I moved to Los Angeles to help start a new school of architecture at UCLA and to set up its initial program, in urban design."
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.