The Life Cube on the night before the big burn.
"Life Cube" 2014 Artists Various. Parking Lot at Fremont, 9th, 10th, and Ogden.
Addendum Thursday March 21: A day in the field had me near Life Cube. People will milling around, some just sitting and watching the ephemera temple change color. And there was some last-minute painting. Scott Cohen, the cube's creator was also there. *
Wishes have been made and the walls have been painted. Now it's time to set it on fire. The interactive urban art installation, a Burning Man brainchild by Scott Cohen, will be lit Friday night. Roads closures for Friday’s Life Cube burn begin at 4 p.m.: Fremont Street and Ogden Avenue, between Eighth and 11th streets, and Ninth and 10th streets between Stewart and Carson.
Longer video about the cube by Fremont East Studios.
The Mod Mob makes their first hire. Melanie Coffee is the first employee of The Modern Contemporary Art Museum. The new Project Manager tweets at @MuseumMelanie
A stern editorial on the increased vandalism on public and private property has Herb Jaffe reason that when graffiti is called art, it “does nothing more than encourage the vandals.”
The “unidentified yet famous graffiti artist” Alec Monopoly will join Hi Festival, part of the Keep Memory Alive fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, reports Robin Leach.
Daniel Vuyovich’s graphite-on-paper illustrations show addiction balanced between “the real and surreal in jarring and somewhat humorous works,” writes The Weekly’s Kristen Peterson. “In Addiction: A Visual Narrative” runs at Blackbird Gallery, an art space in Container Park, runs through May 15.
Dov Quint chats up the first exhibition at Polaroid Fotobar, “Capturing Celebrity,” a presentation by the Andy Warhol Museum. “The common theme in the museum is celebrity and pop culture,” Quint tells The Weekly. The curator is Mary-Kay Wegman, author of “The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation.” Polaroid Fotobar will reside at The Linq.
Joe Downtown tries to nail down what are the borders of downtown Las Vegas.
ArtsVegas and AIGA Las Vegas Design leading programming of design studios opening their doors for students to tour. ArtsVegas publisher David Hardy interviews Canyon Creative President Dale Sprague.
Burlesque performers are the topic for “Putting the Sin in Sin City: 60 Years of Burlesque in Las Vegas” at the Clark County Library tonight, March 20. You get a multimedia presentation by Burlesque Hall of Fame executive director, Dustin Wax, then a Q&A with former performers. “In 1952, Harold Minsky came to Las Vegas with the Minsky’s Follies, the first topless revue in town, to the Dunes, and later to the Silver Slipper, the Aladdin . . .” The rest will be revealed.
In Henderson, Horizon Crest Park is getting ready for a grand opening celebration. The park “features shade structures as art pieces using recycled materials acquired from the Southern Nevada Water Authority.”
Nevada's Hidden Cave, up north in Fallon, is an archaeological site with a 5,000-year history. It was recently “vandalized with spray paint and bullet holes.” A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Japanese specialists who led the restoration of murals in ancient Japanese tombs are now working with Myanmar to preserve centuries-old Buddhist images at the Bagan temple complex.
A few more good additions from the Life Is Beautiful Festival and Las Vegas can have a run at being listed as one of “Best places in the world for Street Art.”
At Paint This Desert
Artists raised in Las Vegas are inspired by signs and light in very different ways.
The work by Las Vegas artists were noticed by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
John D. "Jackie" Gaughan was buried on St. Patrick’s Day. He would be a good subject for a mural.
* Video and lead photo switched out March 21.
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