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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

New Vegas, Old Vegas: Wynn Las Vegas and the new "Post Modern"

Wynn Las Vegas opened to a packed house, with people reportedly waiting up to three hours to enter the new mega-casino. However, the art gallery has yet to open, which may explain why there is no link for it on the resort's site.

In contrast to the spectacle of the new, Vegas' newest museum will be opening its doors on May 6th. The old post office now new "Post Modern" will be hosting its first exhibition. Here's the press release for your enjoyment...

(Vegas Viewed in Postcards)
The Story of Downtown
A Curated Exhibition by Brian Paco Alvarez at the Historic 1933 Downtown Las Vegas Post Office and Federal Court House in Celebration of the Las Vegas Centennial

City of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs Division
749 Veterans Memorial Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 229-6130

On Friday, May 6, as part of the First Friday events, the city will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Vegas VIP (Vegas Viewed in Postcards),” an exhibition of vintage postcards, historic photographs and artifacts that will remain on display through May.

Exhibition Background

Las Vegas was founded in 1905 during the golden age of postcards, an era full of optimism and innovation that was marked by the industrial revolution and the last vestiges of the gold rush in Nevada. This exhibition traces the history of Las Vegas through the images that were made into postcards and sent all over the world.

The collection consists of vintage postcards, historic photographs and artifacts from local individuals and institutions. Postcards from the famed Robert Stoldal Collection and items such as blast goggles from the Atomic Testing Museum, signage letters from the Neon Museum and antiques from the Barrick Museum at UNLV will also be on display.

The exhibition will be housed on the second floor of the historic 1933 Post Office and Federal Court House in Downtown Las Vegas. The exhibition spaces have been divided into eras that are significant in the development of Las Vegas and the history of postcards.

For more information please contact Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator (702) 229-6130

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