Remake Las Vegas

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Dorit Margreiter

Remake Las Vegas, 2002

Video, color, sound, 18 min 34 sec Cast: Kurt Ouchida, the Venetian Hal Rothman, Sociologist, University Las Vegas Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas Jon Jerde, Architect, Los Angeles Marjorie Polly and Earl White, Central Comittee for inner city projects, Las Vegas Mark Scarborough, Arts Factory, Las Vegas DJ Freddie, Las Vegas Kelly Creiggs, Nevada Arts Council Margaret Crawford, Historian, Harvard Norman Klein, Historian, Los Angeles Edition 1/3


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In 2001, Las Vegas begins a mission to transform itself into a real city. On the Strip, the Venetian hotel complex opens a Guggenheim Museum franchise designed by Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry. Downtown, Mayor Oscar Goodman proposes a new art museum to spur a more metropolitan ambience. With this introduction of art, the gaudy Strip and the previously neglected Downtown area begin to compete over authentic urbanity. How seamlessly can art be integrated into the entertainment industry? Will museums fill the gap between high and low culture, between entertainment and everyday life?