Art historian and photographer Fred Sigman documents the art and history of Las Vegas motels and classic neon signage that contributed to the drive for preservation and restoration during the mid-90s. Motel Vegas provides a look into the ever-evolving landscape that is classic Las Vegas. As the boom in building casinos moved to the southern end of the Strip, some of the classic motels from the 50’s and 60’s near downtown and Fremont Street have been able to survive in relative obscurity. Sigman’s photographs provide insight on how the economic prosperity of Las Vegas fueled the drive for tourism, while forcing change for others. Based on previous exhibition held at the OKHarris Gallery and Smallworks Gallery. Over 75 large format photos from the most historic motel locations in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. Foreword by award winning architect and author Alan Hess.
Fred Sigman is a photographer, art historian and adventurer. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Sigman spent his early years growing up in his mother’s childhood home, until the age of nine, the they moved to Paris. As a young boy he attended boarding school at Notre-Dame de Boulogne and during these formative years living in Europe, he began to take photographs wherever they traveled. Fred brings to this project a lifetime of globetrotting experiences which would lay the foundation of his later academic studies. He would receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in Art History and Philosophy. While at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Fred’s master’s thesis examined the early work of Wassily Kandinsky. His doctoral dissertation contextualized the work of four American photographers who sought the “spiritual in art” among the world’s cultures and ancient architecture.
Sigman’s career would lead him to be one of the few photographers ever permitted to photograph inside of a casino with a view camera. In addition, he went on to work as the archivist and photographer at the world-famous Las Vegas News Bureau, part of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He has taught art history in various colleges and universities in the American southwest. Exhibitions of Fred’s work have been held throughout the United States including New York, Palm Beach, Las Vegas, San Diego, Albuquerque and internationally.
Fred continues as a professor of global art history, while teaching online from his home in Southeast Asia and while continuing his travels.