Two new exhibitions at RMIT Design Hub

Start Date: 01 Apr 2014

End Date: 02 May 2014

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Above image: Flamingo Hotel and Casino sign, Las Vegas, 1968

Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President RMIT University, invite you to the opening of the exhibitions:

Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Where: Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2

John Gollings: Learning from Surfers Paradise 
Where: Project Room 3, Level 3

Opening Celebration: Thursday, 3 April, 6pm – 8pm
Where: RMIT Design Hub, Project Rooms 1 & 2, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton

Exhibitions: 1 April – 2 May 2014

In 1968, architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour joined together with students from Yale University and took on Las Vegas as the subject of research. The group spent three weeks in libraries, four days in Los Angeles, and ten days in Las Vegas. The research led to the 1972 publication of the seminal architectural theory treatise, Learning from Las Vegas. Photography and film were employed equally as a means of argumentation nd representation.

These original materials have since been stored in the archives of Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates in Philadelphia. The exhibition Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown presents the images and films that were taken during the legendary 1968 Las Vegas research trip.

Within Project Rooms 1 and 2 at RMIT Design Hub, this archival material is presented alongside a series of video interviews, objects and ephemera collected from leading Melbourne architects that trace the influence of Venturi and Scott Brown on the development of Melbourne’s architectural culture.

In addition to Las Vegas Studio, a partner exhibition is presented on Level 3 of RMIT Design Hub. John Gollings: Learning From Surfers Paradise (1973 – 2013) is a project inspired by Learning from Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Studio is developed by the Museum im Bellpark, Kriens curated by Hilar Stadler and Martino Stierli
John Gollings: Learning From Surfers Paradise is developed by Gold Coast City Gallery with John Gollings, curated by Virginia Rigney
– RMIT Design Hub exhibition curated by Fleur Watson
– Exhibition design by Searle x Waldron Architecture