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MOCA takes a historic trip down the Vegas Strip

February 16, 2010 |  1:30 pm

Stardust The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is taking a virtual trip down the Las Vegas Strip via a new  exhibition of historic architectural photographs.

"Las Vegas Studio: Images From the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown" will run from March 21 through June 20 at MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Admission to the MOCA PDC is free.

The exhibition will feature original photos and films that date from around 1968 and were taken as part of a study conducted by architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour.

The results of the study were published in 1972 and were titled "Learning From Las Vegas."

Fremont Prior to arriving at MOCA, the exhibition had presentations at Switzerland's Museum im Bellpark; Germany's Deutsches Architekturmuseum; and the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Conn.

The exhibition was curated by Martino Stierli and Hilar Stadler, working in collaboration with artist Peter Fischli.

The MOCA show, which is organized by MOCA curator Philipp Kaiser, will feature more than 80 photographs and a selection of films from the archives of Venturi Scott Brown & Associates.

In a statement, Kaiser said that the original study "is crucial for experiencing space in major cities across the world, including Los Angeles."

Among the photographs are images of famous buildings such as the Stardust Hotel and Casino, as well as images of street life and billboards.

-- David Ng

Photo (top): Stardust Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, 1968. Credit: Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Philadelphia. Photo (bottom): Fremont Street, 1968. Credit: Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Philadelphia.