Haute Event: Photographer David LaChapelle Gives a Rare Lecture Series at the Cosmopolitan

David LaChapelle gives a rare lecture on his photography.
David LaChapelle gives a rare lecture on his photography.

Photographer and director David LaChapelle gave two rare lectures at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Do Not Disturb | Please Enter Door Hanger Series at the resort.

On Saturday the acclaimed artist spent more than an hour giving an insightful look into his print material. On Sunday LaChapelle screened his video work, including music videos for Florence and the Machine, Gwen Stefani and more as well as the documentary RIZE.

The artistic series of doorhangs, a collaboration with Flaunt Magazine, included artwork from The Date Farmers, Bert Rodriguez, Alan Aldridge and David LaChapelle.

In the coming months, the Cosmopolitan has a number of artists in residency programs, where guests at the resort can see the artists at work in the P3Studio.

Here’s a look at some of the artists scheduled:

Jennifer Henry, Flock, Flock, Flock
March 27 – April 21, 
Wednesdays – Sundays, 6-11 p.m.
Walking into P3Studio during Jennifer Henry’s residency will transport visitors to a designer showroom surrounded by ethereal fashion. Created by using paper, cellophane and other non-traditional elements, her handmade gowns will be featured on mannequins throughout the space and short fashion films projected for viewers’ pleasure. Live models will also pose in the windows, luring visitors to engage in Henry’s unique fashion. Those wishing to contribute to her designs may ruffle a piece of paper, which she will add to a gown. Culminating her residency, a fashion show finale will spotlight each individual dress created within the space.

Todd DiCiurcio, Draw Us Sin
April 24 – May 12
, Wednesdays – Sundays, 6-11 p.m.
With a vision of music in mind, Todd DiCiurcio will transform P3Studio into a mini concert venue where he will draw performances live while they happen. Established musicians and guests alike will have the opportunity to sign up for a one hour performance within the space. Serving as a witness and artist, DiCiurcio will capture the performers’ range of motion using different media, which will then be displayed when the work is complete. His objective is to depict live performances to showcase a dialogue between his visual work and the music, the outcome of which will expose the politics and progress of the current underground showcase.  DiCiurcio has previously captured performances by The Rolling Stones, New Order, Jane’s Addiction and more.

Tamar Ettun, Musical Sculptures
May 15 – June 16, 
Wednesdays – Sundays, 6-11 p.m.
The Fluxus movement, an art movement from the ‘60s that blended mediums to create experimental happening, concerts and art shows, will be the basis of Tamar Ettun’s P3Studio residency. She will create seven interactive sculptures within the space by using objects like brooms, crutches, scooters, engines and audio amplifiers. Ettun will then host a series of workshops where visitors are invited to build their own musical sculptures and play them according to a game she chooses. The sculptures ultimately serve as live sound machines. Her final performance will be a collaboration with local dancers and musicians.

Su Limbert and Sierra Slentz, Enchanted Forest
June 19 – July 14
, Wednesdays – Sundays, 6-11 p.m.
Su Limbert and Sierra Slentz are collaborating to create an interactive installation to captivate imaginations and draw participants into a magical world where understandings of home and safety are explored. P3Studio will be altered into a large-scale forest diorama featuring a five-foot bear covered in a mosaic of plate shards and ceramics. Guests will create tiny handmade homes in the workshop area to help shape the village nestled within the forest that may either be protected or threatened from surrounding animals.

Abby Robinson, Body Imaging
July 17 – Aug. 18
, Wednesdays – Sundays, 6-11 p.m.
Abby Robinson will serve as a photo practitioner at P3Studio, providing visitors with a more enjoyable and unique experience than a typical doctor’s office. During her residency, visitors will chat in a waiting room, “schmooze” with other patients and fill out a medical and photo history questionnaire before going in to see Robinson. Once called into the office, guests will discuss which body part they choose to be photographed at an extremely close rang. The photo will then be printed out, placed in a plastic badge and attached to a lanyard for the individual to wear. The residency offers a unique opportunity for visitors to entrust Robinson with photographs of special, often secret places which typically may be hidden.