• Date: October 30, 2014 - October 31, 2015
  • Location: 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Partner: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Artists: Laurie Simmons
Image courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Image courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Image courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Image courtesy of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Press Release

PAUSE featuring "Ringtone" and "Geisha Song" by Laurie Simmons

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in partnership with Art Production Fund presents new PAUSE artworks featuring Laurie Simmons. The public digital art exhibition will be displayed on all LED signage both inside and outside the resort starting Thursday, Oct. 30. Comprised of two separate videos, “Ringtone” and “Geisha Song,” the installation features the artist’s signature style of using inanimate objects, such as ventriloquist dummies, paper dolls and finger puppets in staged photographs and film to objectify people and express a blend of psychological, political and conceptual ideas.

PAUSE featuring Laurie Simmons will run every hour on eight individual LED screens for more than three minutes, as well as the resort’s 65-foot marquee, on the pedestrian sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard, three signs at each of the east entrances to the resort, two tickers on the east corners of the building and an LED sign inside the northeast entrance. “I Promise To Love You” by British artist Tracey Emin will continue to be showcased on the alternating half hour.

The internationally recognized artist was born in Long Island, New York in 1949. Simmons received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (1971). She has had major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006); Baltimore Museum of Art (1997); San Jose Museum of Art in California (1990); and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (1987). She has participated in two Whitney Biennial exhibitions (1985, 1991) and lives and works in New York. In 2006 she made her first film, "The Music of Regret," a musical in three acts. She was recently nominated for the Prix Pictet Award in photography and is currently working on her second film, a narrative feature titled “My Art.” 

PAUSE is an innovative public art program that transforms different digital surfaces into large-scale canvases by showcasing work from leaders in the contemporary art world.  Viewers are instantly transported from the everyday buzz of The Strip to a thought-provoking place of contemplation and reflection.  This urban art oasis turns an everyday sign into a cultural portal with the ability to touch everyone who passes by. 


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October 30, 2014