Las Vegas, Film, and the Mobilized Gaze
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Almost immediately upon its publication in 1972, Learning from Las Vegas was hailed as a landmark in the theory of modern architecture and urbanism. For its authors Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, traditional visual techniques were no longer adequate for the analysis and representation of the city. For this reason, they made extensive use of new media such as photography and film. Photography and film served them for both the analysis and the representation of the city. Despite its prominence in architectural debates, there have been only partial attempts to locate this seminal urbanistic study within the discourse on the image of the city prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s. Exhibition co-curator Martino Stierli presents original film footage and photographs from the 1968 Learning from Las Vegas research, some of which has only been made accessible for the first time to the public in the exhibition, Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
Martino Stierli is an art historian focusing on modern art and architecture, born in 1974 in Zug, Switzerland, Stierli studied at the University of Zurich and holds a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the NCCR “Iconic Criticism” (eikones) at the University of Basel working on a project on collage in architecture.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.