• Date: December 05 - 23, 2012
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Partner: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Artists: Ellen Harvey

Press Release



December 5 – 23, 2012

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in partnership with Art Production Fund, is pleased to announce artist-in-residence Ellen Harvey’s Exchange Your Luck.

As Harvey comments, “Who hasn’t wanted to exchange their luck for someone else’s?” Exchange Your Luck allows guests to swap ineffective lucky charms for new ones.  Two adjacent shelves in P3Studio will hold two sets of 77 different small bronze lucky charms by Ellen Harvey. Each charm will be an edition of only two. One set of charms will stay in P3Studio for the duration of the residency, while the other set is available for guests to take provided they leave their own lucky charm in exchange. The object for which the charm is swapped will be photographed and its Polaroid installed on the wall. Guests will be asked to write their reasons for their choice of object on the Polaroid. Guests are invited to come in and continue exchanging lucky objects throughout the residency.

Ellen Harvey was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program and took part in the PS1 National Studio Program. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally and was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and was recently commissioned to produce an installation for the opening of the Turner Contemporary in the U.K.  Recent solo exhibitions include Arcade/Arcadia at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, The Nudist Museum Giftshop at Dodge Gallery, New York, The Nudist Museum at the Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL, Picturesque Pictures at Galerie Gebruder Lehmann, Berlin, Empty Collections at Galerie Meessen de Clercq, Brussels, Mirror at the Pennsylvania Academy and A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris at the Whitney Museum at Altria. She has completed projects for both the New York and Chicago Transit Authorities, including a mosaic for the new Metro-North Yankee Stadium Station and is currently finishing projects for New York’s Percent for Art, the Federal Art in Architecture program and for the Bossuit church in Belgium. Upcoming shows include The Alien Guide to the Ruins of Washington DC at the Corocran Gallery of Art, Washington DC and Open Depot at the Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium.  Her book, The New York Beautification Project, was published by Gregory Miller in 2005 and Ellen Harvey: Mirror was published by the Pennsylvania Academy in 2006. A monograph, Ellen Harvey: The Museum of Failure, will be published by Gregory Miller in 2013.

The artist-in-residence program at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas represents one component of its larger art program, in which artists create projects that are interactive and participatory, giving guests the opportunity to connect at an authentic and personal level. Developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, it strives to reach new audiences and expand awareness through contemporary art.


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