1. James Turrell’s “Akhob” comes to Crystals’ Louis Vuitton store. The two chambers of this “Ganzfeld effect” (along with the reception area) took over the store’s fourth floor, using light and space to turn tangible materials of the world into a heavenly altered experience of the infinite.
2. The Odyssey and Greetings From Las Vegas prove the community is interested in contemporary art. Both pop-up events, housed in old motels, showcased diverse talent and presented sophisticated works. Attached to Life Is Beautiful, the Odyssey drew thousands, while more than 600 braved the cold on a chilly December evening for performances, installations and exhibits at the Gateway.
3. The Contemporary Arts Center relocates. The Valley’s longest-running nonprofit contemporary art organization dedicated to experimental and cutting-edge art moved from its longtime space in the Arts Factory to a temporary, donated location on Main Street.
4. Clark County moves forward with its public arts program. In August, the County hired artist Denise Duarte to oversee the program and created a seven-member committee of art professionals who review potential sites and provide expertise on budgets and the jury selection process.
5. Arts District bars touch off debate. Fears that bar-fueled redevelopment might take over were stoked this fall when Las Vegas Ballet School owner Welthy Silva chose to fight developers who, she says, asked her to break her lease so they could replace it with another business, possibly a bar.