Forget the bowling alley, the coolest thing about The Real World suite is the art. That’s because production designer Matt Tognacci borrowed art from local artists, turning the suite into a local art “gallery” with a national stage. There’s art from painter Jerry Misko, photographer Shawn Hummel and seven pieces by Brian and Jennifer Henry. There’s also three photos by rock ’n’ roll photographer Neal Preston, who is based in L.A. but displays photos at the Hard Rock. Like a gallery, MTV didn’t buy or pay for the use of the art, relying instead on the promise of exposure. With one exception: “Yucca” and “TOD” by Brian were destroyed during taping, and The Real World requested replacements within 24 hours. (“We thought it made for a great story,” Jennifer says. “I can’t wait to see what really happened when the show airs!”) Now that the show is over, the art has been returned to the artists, and it’s up to them to make use of the MTV stamp of approval.
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.