Zócalo and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West present a program April 29, 2009, at the Autry National Center, entitled: “Los Angeles vs. Las Vegas: Which is the Most Unreal City in America?” From the announcement:
Los Angeles and Las Vegas are cities founded on fantasy—narratives of youthful glamour, the languor of palm and pool dotted landscapes, the ease of private automobile transport, the promise of self-invention and easy fame and power. They share city plans designed according to car culture. And they grow toward each other as they expand into the Mojave Desert. But reality has hit both cities: water grows scarce, space is tighter, cars clog roads and pollute the air, and money is disappearing. Zócalo hosts a panel of experts—including architect and University of Washington assistant professor Nicole Huber; writer, curator and former director of the Las Vegas Art Museum Libby Lumpkin; and educator, author and architect Ralph Stern—to discuss how the cities can continue to expand and to mirror each other even as they are forced to spar over dwindling resources.
The panel will be moderated by William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.
The event is made possible, in part, by a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation of Los Angeles.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:30 pm
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