Nothing gets someone’s attention like “What’s the process involved in renting the whole motel for a weekend?” It’s an art show.
The manager, who’s name just happens to be Todd, answered my questions and we talked about dates and numbers of people and the public invited in to his motel. We talked about the nuts and bolts of what it would take to make this production happen.
It’s always a helpful tool to be able to mention New York Times. We’ll have artists showing there from across the country, possibly world. It’s a hostel too.
The Tod Motel is in the arts district of Las Vegas. The district is called 18b after the 18 city blocks, originally designated for this regentrifying neighborhood. City ofLas Vegashas an interesting challenge with its unique layout.
Downtown, Freemont street and its surrounding blocks are the city of Las Vegas. The Strip is actually the county and the two have competing attention gaining tricks to employ. Art always attracts a certain crowd, and the city has done well to make this rundown neighborhood, with cars commuting quickly through it, into a destination for art lovers and get the art occupants have gotten some Vegas visitors to land there.
The Tod Motel is at the south end of this area, 18b, and there’s much interest, already being made vocal, to make NadaDada happen right there. Artists, galleries and motel owners are already telling me they’re in. It’s the only thing that’s not a gamble in Las Vegas.
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First Friday is May 4th, so it looks like NadaDada Vegas, 2012 will be that weekend, from Friday to Sunday.
thanks http://dreamranchu.multiply.com for the image of the Tod.
and more images, from Robby Virus, of the Tod here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25229906@N00/5763842386/in/set-72157626584178081/
Some shots I took there the other day..
- NYTimes article about NadaDada in Reno, 2009: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/us/22reno.html
- NadaDada’s Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NadaDada
- Sorg these days? Here’s what Artist Fishbowl is Up To (fishbowler.wordpress.com)