A new idea
The bold decision to open a contemporary art museum open to the public free of charge and to combine it with Louisville’s first boutique hotel would create both an economic driver for the community and an oasis where art challenges, amuses, stimulates conversation, and provokes new ideas.
Breathes new life into a city
Brown and Wilson partnered with world-renowned architect Deborah Berke to reimagine a series of five deteriorating 19th century buildings along Louisville’s West Main Street, with a design that highlighted the original brick, timber, and cast iron construction. The result was 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, a 91-room boutique hotel with 9,000 square feet of exhibition space and an award-winning restaurant featuring locally and sustainably raised foods. The property opened in March 2006.
Becomes a smash success
With the success of the Louisville property, came opportunities for expansion. Brown and Wilson founded 21c Museum Hotels in 2007 to oversee the expansion and management of 21c Museum Hotel nationally. With strong local partners who share the belief that art can be an economic driver for a community, 21c is expanding to new cities throughout the country. 21c Museum Hotel Durham is the fourth property to open and continues Brown and Wilson’s mission to share innovative new art and ideas with the public. The company opened its second hotel in Cincinnati, OH and third hotel in Bentonville, AR; and has multiple other projects in development or under construction.
With a bright future
21c’s growth and expansion presents the opportunity to share Brown and Wilson’s original goals – to collect and exhibit the work of living artists and to integrate contemporary art into daily life – with new cities. These goals, as well as a desire to bring today’s most dynamic and engaging art to the public, have been Brown and Wilson’s mission, a mission that has transformed downtown Louisville into an internationally recognized cultural center. As 21c expands, their passion for supporting and sharing contemporary art with both new and existing audiences will continue to shape 21c’s programming in each venue, creating a unique combination of local engagement with a broad, global reach.
This photograph by Israeli-born artist Adis Nes is modeled after Pablo Picasso’s 1906 painting, Boy Leading a Horse. Nes’s work frequently depicts adolescent boys (often young soldiers) in staged photographs that explore the construction of identity. Growing up as a Sephardic Jew and as a gay person, the artist felt set apart from a mainstream culture that promoted a particular type of masculinity associated with the image of the macho Israeli soldier. Please join us at 21c Louisville this Friday, September 23 from 8-11pm to celebrate the official opening of the Louisville Photo Biennial and the opening of Adi Nes: The Village. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. @jackshainmangallery #21cthevillage #21cLouisville #Louisvillephotobiennial #lpb2017 #museummonday
Last night, 21c Durham celebrated the opening of its newest exhibition, The SuperNatural, with a projection of "Rondo" by @chrisdoylestudio on the building's exterior. The digital animation combines elements from the natural world with the stained-glass designs of Louis Sullivan. 21c is grateful to @konteksystems and @panasonicusa for making this special event possible! #21cSuperNatural #21cMuseum #21cDurham #thirdfridaydurham
Today we raise the second flag to be displayed at #21cDurham as part of #PledgesofAllegiance, a series presented by @creativetimenyc. Robert Longo’s flag is based on his large-scale charcoal drawing Untitled (Nov. 8, 2016), part of his “The Destroyer Cycle” exhibition at Metro Pictures in New York City. The two-panel drawing of the American flag was completed the day of the recent presidential election. The panels are separated by five inches between the left panel and right panel, and the latter measures slightly larger than the former. This monumental work reflects the current symptomatic divide in the United States. @robertlongo_ #robertlongo #weare21c #allarewelcome
Feeling curious? Today's the day to ask chief curator @alicegraystites all of your burning art questions. How did we choose penguins as our mascot? How does Text Rain in Louisville work? How many pieces are in our collection? (Hint: It's a lot). Today during Ask a Curator Day from 1-3pm EDT, tweet your questions to @21chotels using #AskACurator, or post within the comments below. #21cmuseum #21cmuseumhotel
Join us at #21cDurham for the opening celebration of our newest exhibition, The SuperNatural, on FRI 09.15.17. The reception begins at 6pm, followed by a conversation between visiting artist Chris Doyle and 21c Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites at 7pm. The exterior of 21c Durham will be transformed by Rondo, an animated video work by artist Chris Doyle and projected by @konteksystems. Pictured: Chris Doyle (American), Circular Lament, 2016, Animated video. @chrisdoylestudio @alicegraystites #21cArtist #21cSuperNatural #Durham #21cmuseum #museummonday