Today is the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley. He polished Las Vegas performance art hedonism with the use of capes (which are now artifacts on exhibition) while working his onstage Southern piety in-between song numbers. On the way to a set of afternoon meetings, I thought I could squeeze in a quick visit to the Westgate and document sentimental interchange between the bronze of Elvis and any fans on a pilgrimage.
Alas, qualitative research between public art and the public did not happen. The Westgate, which opened as the International Hotel, then renamed the Hilton, is next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is hosting the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Garages were packed and had steep parking rates. Sorry King.
Still, the Elvis Presley Las Vegas residency was no small thing. Here's some images to mark the day.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.