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Vintage Sin City at MOCA

Las Vegas Studio looks back, via eye-popping images.

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    Students of long-past Vegasiana are serious. They know which hotel had be-feathered showgirls first. They know about relationships along the Strip, about the Rat Pack and Elvis, about the thousands of vacationers who suddenly began to flock to a city in southern Nevada rather than the usual play spots.

    And they've seen every vintage photo taken of the place, or think they have.

    Vegasianians, this one's for you. And any photo buff. "Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown" opened at the Museum for Contemporary Art on Wednesday, April 21. The exhibit runs through June 20.

    It's at MOCA's Pacific Design Center branch, note.

    Many of the snapshots were taken by architects studying Las Vegas in 1968, and students working with them. And they didn't just look at the high-wattage hotels; they turned their lens on the gas stations and cars and less-lit corners of the sparkliest city.

    There are over 80 images in the show, plus film works, too.