It's a city that has defined popular culture. An oasis in the desert, a mirage — a playground for adults replete with casinos, showgirls, and all-you-can-eat buffets. But how did Vegas become “Sin City”? From the genesis of shotgun weddings, to film portrayals of the mob-era, to the social engineering behind mega-casinos…season 2 of Spectacle explores the fabulous, the incorrigible, Las Vegas.
Brent Holmes is an artist, activist, and writer whose work investigates contemporary social structures through a historical lens. His artwork has shown at galleries and museums across the country, including the Nevada Museum of Art and the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV. Las Vegans might know his floral mural near the old Moulin Rouge. He’s also a journalist, contributing to The Believer and Nevada Public Radio. Brent grew up in Las Vegas, the son of performer Clint Holmes.