“Learning from Las Vegas” in the Twenty-First Century: Iwan Baan & Mark Robbins


“Learning from Las Vegas” in the Twenty-First Century: Iwan Baan & Mark Robbins

Color photograph of an aerial view of Rome taken from a helicopter, showing a broad cityscape bathed in rose colored light

Iwan Baan, Rome, 2022, digital photograph, 80 x 120 cm (artwork © Iwan Baan)

The photographer Iwan Baan and Mark Robbins, president of the American Academy in Rome, will discuss the legacy of Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi’s landmark publication, Learning from Las Vegas, in the twenty-first century. They will address the architectural lessons that informed Scott Brown and Venturi’s study of Las Vegas, particularly those from Italy, a place close to Venturi’s heart. They will also consider how Venturi and Scott Brown’s ideas about Las Vegas, published in 1972, and the relationship between images and architecture central to that publication, have evolved over the past half century.

The conversation will inaugurate the Academy’s fall 2022 exhibition, From Las Vegas to Rome: Photographs by Iwan Baan. Lindsay Harris, interim Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and curator of the show, will introduce the discussion.

Iwan Baan is a photographer based in the Netherlands. Mark Robbins is the president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome and a 1997 Fellow in design.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation generously supports Conversations/Conversazioni at the American Academy in Rome.

This event, to be presented in person at the Academy as well as on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Please register for Zoom in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Space in the Lecture Room is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the Academy, guests will be asked to show a valid photo ID and comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. Please contact events [at] aarome.org (events[at]aarome[dot]org) with any questions.

Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Date & time
Thursday, October 6, 2022
6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy