The Adventurist Guide to Downtown Las Vegas

Hip to be Square

Written by Matthew O’Brien

For the past six years, I’ve lived within walking distance of Art Square and I’ve experienced its evolution firsthand. It started, for me, with drinks and the occasional show at Artifice, which has served as an anchor tenant of sorts. It continued with Cockroach Theatre, a black-box venue that (oftentimes) features avant-garde shows. Then it was Josephine Skaught, now considered one of the city’s top salons, and Mundo at Mingo Kitchen & Lounge.

In short, there has always been a reason to visit Art Square and now it seems like there are several. The Cube LV, formerly Brett Wesley, has long been one of my favorite downtown art galleries and it continues to make us think with Bianca Scott and Lucky Wenzel’s photo exhibit “Phaos Perspectiv,” which runs through Feb. 25. The small but stout Nevada Humanities space currently features Daniel Miller’s “Our Invisible Neighbors,” a series of straightforward and powerful paintings that reminds us of our homeless problem. (The exhibit runs through March.)

Art Square is also home to a new wedding chapel (Ace of Hearts) and a promising art gallery (Priscilla Fowler). I’m looking forward to seeing where this oft-overlooked complex takes us next.