LasVegas.Net Presents: First Friday Art Exhibit Features Priceless Studio 54 photographs rescued from imminent destructionPosted By Mike Young - 05/23/16
LasVegas.Net will host an art exhibition, fundraiser and donation to the Neon Museum during downtown Las Vegas’ First Friday events on June 3 from 6-11 p.m. The exhibition will be held at 1201 Main Street and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will feature iconic photographs and artwork previously displayed at Studio 54’s Las Vegas nightclub from 1997 to 2012.
The exhibition is being held by the owners of the Studio 54 collection, Mike Young and Joshua Greenrock, and sponsored by Metroplex Arts. Following the exhibition, the collection will be available for purchase.
“From 1977 to 1981, New York’s Studio 54 was the world’s most famous nightclub,” said Young. Felice Quinto, the “King of Paparazzi” was entrusted by club owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager to document those exclusive gatherings of celebrities and socialites. “Many of the images he produced are among the most iconic of the era,” he said.
When the new Studio 54 opened at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 1997, these iconic photographs were reprinted with Quinto’s permission and paid homage to the original Studio 54 while offering a rare glimpse into the exclusive parties of the NYC original.
When Studio 54 Las Vegas closed in 2012, these one-of-a-kind photographs were boxed up with other signage and rare memorabilia and stored in one of MGM’s parking structures. After three years of storage, the memorabilia was slated for destruction and recycling.
Fate had other plans. Upon learning about the plight of this rare collection, Mike Young negotiated the rescue of the collection.
The registered images are one of a kind, and all are impossible to duplicate due to registered trademark law.
Young and Greenrock will display the collection in its entirety at First Friday on June 3, 2016 from 6-11 p.m. Also on display will be costumes from Las Vegas apparel company Forplay that highlight fashions and costumes of the Studio 54 era.
During the exhibit, Young and Greenrock will officially donate the massive Studio 54 sign that hung above its Las Vegas dance floor to the Neon Museum. The event will also raise money and awareness for The Shade Tree. The exhibit will recreate Studio 54 at the Corner Building located at 1201 S. Main St in the heart of the Art District. The fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a donation ceremony at 7 p.m.
“I’m very thankful that we were in a position to rescue the collection from being destroyed,” said Young, who is an executive with LV.Net. “Studio 54 is very much a part of popular culture. Many of these images can never be reproduced and have tremendous historical value. That’s why we wanted to share the collection one more time before we put it on the market for resale. Donating the largest sign was a no brainer. It’s part of Las Vegas history and should be available for all to see. We also wanted to take the opportunity to raise money and awareness for The Shade Tree shelter for women. Supporting our community and advocating local culture are two areas I’m very passionate about. First Friday seemed like the perfect setting for such an occasion.”
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