As befits its title, which descends from W. B. Yeats's apocalyptic poem ''Second Coming'' by way of Joan Didion's ''through a glass darkly'' book of essays on America in the 1960's, this smart if uneven group show meditates on the state of the nation, past and present. Organized by Jeffrey Uslip, the associate director at the Project, it also reflects on the tensions between corporate, counter and everyday culture, often by contrasting the roles of insiders and outsiders.
This work uses as its raw material footage from 21 different films in which the city of Las Vegas is used as a setting. Each individual shot is organised according to descriptive categories and taken as a lesson learnt from or about the city of Las Vegas and its inhabitants. For example, ‘learning from fountains’ includes all shots of exuberantly erupting fountains. The idiscs are embedded in an elaborately wall papered suitcase.