MGM Springfield to Feature Permanent Art Collection Inspired by New England’s Rich Heritage
Resort to Showcase Works by Local and International Artists including
Mia Pearlman, Jeppe Hein and John Simpson, Among Others
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (June 28, 2018) – When MGM Springfield opens August 24, 2018 in Western Massachusetts, visitors can explore a permanent collection of art inspired by the region’s rich heritage. The $960 million resort will showcase commissioned and procured works by local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists including Mia Pearlman, Jeppe Hein, Springfield natives Marlon Seymour, John Simpson, and others.
Ranging from large-scale sculptures and mosaics to intricate lithographs, the collection will create a vibrant visual experience throughout the resort. Paying homage to the city’s past, guests will find pieces that give nod to Springfield’s industrial roots and others inspired by famed locals including Dr. Seuss and Emily Dickinson.
The collection showcases MGM Springfield’s commitment to artists and artisans in the Springfield, greater Berkshires and New England areas, while also reflecting the national and international breadth of MGM Resorts’ corporate fine art catalog.
- Mia Pearlman – The Flying Tidings Whirled, aluminum – Howard St. entrance
- Brooklyn-based artist Mia Pearlman is known for works that blur the line between actual and imagined space. Often glowing with natural or artificial light, her large-scale pieces appear frozen in time. Commissioned for MGM Springfield, The Flying Tidings Whirled is composed of aluminum plates in the form of a spinning tornado, creating a lightweight piece that gives the illusion of blowing in the wind. Named from Emily Dickinson’s poem “There Came a Wind Like a Bugle” (1891), the piece is a celebration of Springfield’s perseverance and resiliency in the wake of the 2011 tornado.
- Jeppe Hein – Bench of Expection, metal – Armory Square
- Jeppe Hein is one of Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Now based in Berlin, he is known for his sculpturally inventive and conceptually whimsical works, often made for public spaces and social interactions with people. Tasked with designing a functional, captivating work of art for MGM Springfield, Hein created Bench of Expectation—an eye-catching, bright red bench that will be prominently displayed in the resort’s outdoor plaza. Part of his ongoing sculpture series, the quirky structure elongates the ubiquitous park bench to an almost Seussian degree with winding loops and slides. Visitors can use it as a typical bench or walk around and through its structure to explore and interact with it.
- John Simpson – Indian Motorcycle Mural – Armory Exterior Wall/Plaza
- John Simpson is a Springfield local and University of Massachusetts art professor known throughout the local art community for his projects, from a Wizard of Oz-themed mural on State Street in downtown Springfield to works for the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Simpson will develop a 30-foot by 30-foot wall mural of an Indian Motorcycle on the back of the Armory building facing the outdoor plaza and just steps from the brand’s first apparel store
- Carole Guthrie – After Bacon, acrylic on canvas – Hotel lobby; Horizontal Sun, acrylic on canvas – East promenade wall
- A resident of Springfield, Carole Guthrie’s acrylic paintings on canvas utilize abstract imagery, drawing on her experience in watercolor and monotypes. Using a combination of brushes, scrapers and palette knives, Guthrie places opaque shapes against transparent passages. Displayed in the lobby and along the resort halls, After Bacon and Horizontal Sun reflect the dramatic color tones represented throughout the property as well as the unabashed spirit of the surrounding neighborhood.
- Doug Gillette – Home Sweet Home, Casein on board – Hotel main lobby
- Living and working in Enfield, Conn., Doug Gillette began his professional art career illustrating works for Johns Hopkins University. Home Sweet Home, displayed in MGM Springfield’s hotel lobby, draws from the area’s deep history with the industrial revolution and is inspired by a vintage radiator Gillette found in a nearby salvage yard.
- Marlon Seymour – New England Dreaming, Acrylic on canvas – High limits table area; Big Red, Acrylic on canvas – High limits table area
- Marlon Seymour grew up in Springfield, Mass. and began painting as a hobby. Self-taught and excelling as a contemporary abstract artist, he has painted more than 700 pieces. Representing the bold city in which his art is displayed, the equally powerful New England Dreaming and Big Red paintings will be shown in the property’s gaming area.
- Joe Wardwell – Down for Whatever, Acrylic on paper – Garden and Spa Suites
- A professor of painting and drawing at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., Joe Wardwell’s pieces combine imagery from rock and roll culture and landscapes of the American West. Wardwell adds rock song lyrics to his art, implying a relationship to the setting and words chosen. His bright homage to pop art is represented in Down for Whatever, which will be featured in the resort’s Garden and Spa Suites.
- Brian Rutenberg – Hollyhocks 2, Oil on linen – Presidential Suite; Saluda, Oil on linen – East
- New York-based artist Brian Rutenberg is best known for large abstract paintings composed of fluorescent colors. In his work, Rutenberg uses a warm palette and thick layers of paint in his foregrounds, which contrast the cooler and thinly applied colors of the background. Showcasing Rutenberg’s use of highly textural surfaces. Hollyhocks and Saluda will complement the Presidential Suite’s distinctive, vibrant design.
- Viola Frey – Fighting Men & the World, Enameled ceramic mural – Casino corridor
- Over the course of her five-decade career, Viola Frey became best known for her larger-than-life, glazed ceramic sculptures and mosaics. Found near Cal Mare restaurant, Frey's 25-foot-long enameled ceramic mosaic piece consists of 200 carefully arranged tiles depicting human forms intermingling with one another.
- Josh Dorman – Near the Villa of Mysteries, mixed media & collage – High limits slots area
- Born in Maryland, Josh Dorman currently lives and works in New York City. He builds his surfaces with illustrations from antique books, as well as his own drawing and painting, to portray visions playing with the idea of space, scale, dream worlds and memory. With Near the Villa of Mysteries, Dorman utilizes layers of recycled treasures, such as topographic maps and textbook or manual clippings, in the mixed-media creation.
- Jason Middlebrook – The Language of the Grain, Acrylic on Big Leaf Maple – High limits cage corridor
- Currently living in Hudson, New York, Jason Middlebrook transforms the complex relationship between nature and technology into works of modern art. With The Language of the Grain, Middlebrook juxtaposed aged, natural materials with contemporary patterns and colors from salvaged wood.
- Travis Louie – Dancing Goblin in Insect Disguise, Acrylic on board; The Giant Bat of Exmoor, Acrylic on board; Strange Stones, Fungi and Mold, Acrylic on board – Art gallery wall on casino promenade
- Based out of Red Hook, New York, Travis Louie’s art has been exhibited in galleries around the world, where he shows his work of curious characters and charismatic creatures. In all three creations within the casino promenade, Louie depicts a variety of characters, including an insect in a business suit and small creatures made of mold, drawn in an endearingly offbeat style of portraiture and old-timey aesthetics.
- Alexis Smith – Playing Cards, print collage – Poker room ramp, main casino cage
- Alexis Smith is a contemporary artist living in Los Angeles, Calif., working primarily in collage and installation. For Playing Cards, Smith developed a series of poster-sized patriotic playing cards featuring images in red and blue with text by Walt Whitman.
- Isamu Noguchi – Black & Blue, Enameled aluminum sculpture – Meeting room elevator lobby
- Isamu Noguchi, a major American and Japanese sculptor and designer, spent more than six decades creating abstract works based on both organic and geometric forms. His ability to enhance public spaces through sculpture established him as a critical figure in the worlds of art and design. Found in the resort’s meeting space elevator bank, Noguchi’s nearly eight-foot-tall Black & Blue sculpture is made of enameled aluminum and offers a bold representation of post-war sculpture work.
In addition to the art collection, MGM Springfield will feature an exclusive exhibit developed in partnership with Springfield Museums
: “Cabinet of Curiosities: Springfield Innovations from the Springfield Museums.” The specially curated exhibition will embody the enterprising legacy of Springfield, showcasing turn-of-the-century objects such as a 1925 Edison Western Union Stock Ticker, a 1915 Springfield-made Telegraphome and an 1895 Edison Home Phonograph.
About MGM Springfield
MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass. Igniting a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city, the approximately 2 million square-foot development, which combines new construction with revived historic buildings, will offer more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 250-room boutique hotel on Main Street and superior spa services, diverse retail and inspired dining headlined by award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Cal Mare. MGM Springfield also will feature a luxury cinema, bowling lanes, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. MGM Springfield will open August 24, 2018. For additional information, please visit mgmspringfield.com.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM COTAI in Macau and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. It also is developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The 78,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com
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