Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts in Las Vegas Leases Their Art

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston caused a tizzy of grand proportions six years ago when it leased 21 of its Monets to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art for an undisclosed price. The art world shrieked with fists of rage while Boston museum director Malcolm Rogers asserted that partnering with a for-profit has its perks: extra money in the public coffers and promotional benefits. 

Five years later the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego leased 17 contemporary works to the Bellagio gallery, giving Las Vegas a look at works by Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Sol Lewitt, Andy Warhol and others. 

Call it a financial boost for public institutions or an ethical slap in the face. Either way, Las Vegas, one of few cities in the United States without a public art institution, is reaping museum-quality works. 

Now in a one-two punch both institutions are shipping off their works to the Bellagio gallery for Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form opening May 1. 

The work spans from the 19th century to present day. Artists include Pierre-August Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Judith Shea and Yoshitomo Nara. Word has it that there will also be a Cindy Sherman coming in from the San Diego museum. 

Additionally, the MGM MIRAGE in Las Vegas is throwing in pieces from its own collection, including works by Renoir, Picasso, Edgar Degas and Fernand Leger.

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Got a Body to Die For? Get Hired in Las Vegas for Pool Parties!

Maybe you’ve noticed the recent flurry of full-page ads for Las Vegas jobs that started popping up in publications over the past few weeks. This is unusual: Most employers, even in Las Vegas, don’t take out full-page glossy ads to fill vacancies- particularly in this choking economy.  But this is a particular and peculiar niche of employment opportunity: The big casinos are hiring for their pools and “daylife” parties, cocktail servers, bartenders, porters, bussers, bar backs, security officers, runners, VIP hosts and amenities girls. Oh, and lifeguards, too. 

The new Wynn’s Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub alone will fill 400 positions. More than 1,500 applied for the 160 positions at the Hard Rock’s two pools. With the Las Vegas unemployment rate at 13.1 percent, this is just a drop in the ocean, of course. But it’s something. And when the four-month Spring Break known as pool season begins March 12 at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic 53,000-square-foot “ultrapool,” it will bring a much-needed splash of cash into the local economy. Pool parties = liquidity. 

Several new cement ponds have been added to our pool of pools: In addition to the $100 million Encore aquatic complex, this season sees the debut of the Liquid pool party at Aria and the Lavo party at Palazzo. These join the other luxe swimmin’ holes, including the venerable Rehab party at the Hard Rock, Relapse at the Flamingo, Tao Beach at the Venetian, Voodoo Beach at Rio, Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace, Bare at Mirage, Day Dream at M, and Ditch Fridays at the Palms. 

The hiring process for these parties is called “casting,” and applicants are instructed to “bring your swimsuit for your audition photo.” In other words, these jobs aren’t available to every body—the beauty bar is set pretty high. But those of us who wouldn’t dare to bare it at these parties—even as a guest—can take cold comfort in the fact that pool-season employment will keep a few thousand dangerously pretty people off the streets.

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