Today’s #FridayFieldTrip was a long overdue visit to the Mob Museum here in Las Vegas. The museum is housed in the old post office/court house, built in 1933. It’s so rare to be able to visit something old in Las Vegas, because we blow things up and bulldoze them down to build the latest thing. The building is on the National register of historic places, and they’ve done a great job maintaining the integrity of the building while creating a museum space.
The museum collection was both interesting and disturbing. It’s about gangsters and police, so there are some rather graphic images of dead guys, not to mention electric chairs. But all the exhibits were well written, even thoughtful. Each one was a standalone piece.
While the information is interesting, and there’s an attempt to create a timeline, it felt to me that there’s a lack of through line to the collection. I don’t know that a comprehensive story was told of organized crime in America (or even Las Vegas). It was simply a series of snippets. Of course, most art museums don’t present the entire history of art, either.
Cleveland was mentioned several times, but none of my family members were named, so that’s a good thing.
I left there feeling a bit sad and uneasy about the world we live in. Maybe that’s the point?
Today’s #FridayFieldTrip was a visit to the West Sahara Library and The Studio for Transmutations: Robert Beckmann: Under the Western Sky 1967-2017. There were several interesting pieces by Beckmann, but I found it interesting that he doesn’t seem to have a style of his own. Instead, all the work seemed to be inspired by other styles and painters. While Beckmann has the skills, I don’t know that he’s actually found his own voice.
This week’s Friday Field trip was to the Springs Preserve and the installation of the traveling show, Science Fiction Science Future. It’s a hands-on installation geared toward the kids, but I’m fine having a play date. You pick up a wristband and throughout the exhibit you can scan it for additional information. It’s fun, but not continued all the way through.
Anyway, the exhibit is filled with lasers and robots and scanners and holograms. Lots of things to push and crank and see.
I really liked the video of what different decades thought the future would be. It goes back to the late 19th century. Some of what they wanted has come to be, some of it, not yet. But, that’s one of the great things about speculative fiction, it’s what we believe might happen. And, based on the concepts of Law of Attraction, I think the speculation creates the future. It was a nice field trip.
I also wandered the gardens and visited the Butterfly Habitat. That’s always a pleasant experience.