Vegas is always a fun jaunt, but it generally expires after 48 hours. Once I see a show, drink one too many, and then spend too much money on gambling and shopping (for items I wouldn’t look at twice at home), I can’t get out soon enough. However, lately, there is a bit of a stronger draw. The Art Production Fund has been curating some pretty phenomenal public art installations at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Past projects have included David Colman and one of my personal faves, Stephanie Hirsch. Currently, Yoko Ono and Laurie Simmons both have spectacular installations in partnership with APF.
Laurie Simmons’s project is a part of Pause. As an ongoing public art program, Pause utilizes varying digital surfaces to display well-regarded contemporary artists. Laurie Simmons’s Pause project is comprised of two separate videos, Ringtone and Geisha Song. Known for combining conceptual, political, and psychological ideas, she uses inanimate items to objectify people. These two videos feature paper dolls, dummies, and puppets. They run every two hours for about three minutes in multiple locations at the Cosmopolitan.
Also, it is your last chance to see Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace at the Cosmopolitan. This show is part of Yoko Ono’s global initiative using digital and other visual art to encourage peace and community. It relates to her Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, which she dedicated to John Lennon on his 67th birthday. The Cosmopolitan also features Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree, where guests can write their wishes and hang them on the trees. The wishes will be sent to Yoko Ono to be preserved at the Imagine Peace Tower.
Laurie Simmons: Pause
On View Until October 31, 2015
Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace
On View Until July 31, 2015
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South