21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, And Finally Some Graeter'sTuesday, April 04, 2017
The last night of our Kentucky/Ohio trip, we stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati. Like the 21c in Louisville, this one is also downtown. Out front, this Werner Reiterer brass chandelier:
Inside, like the other 21Cs that we've been to, there's lots of artspace to explore. this is the Norbert Brunner 'You are Enchanting'
Grimanesa Amoros' Uros
Astrid Korgh's Lightmail
Paul Rucker's September 15, 1963 Birmingham, Alabama
Walter Oltmann's Shel
Brian Knep's Healing Tiles were fun to walk on to see the shapes morph
Our room -- like the other 21Cs, it was rather plain and functional -- not especially luxurious
the shower had body-part tiles
...and we got to play with the penguins, which in Cincinnati are yellow
butter, and truffle garlic butter for the bread
Shugie had the crab bisque, which he loved
Av had a perfect, perfect, perfect steak
We all shared the Potatoes Anna which is absolutely so pretty (so pretty that we saw it served at another table and had to ask what it was so we could have one)
I just wasn't in the mood for a steak or salad, so had a hamburger (which I rarely order anywhere) which was so incredibly good
We had just a lovely, lovely supper and walked back to the hotel to take in more art before bed.
Oh -- and since we were in Cincinnati, we found a Graeter's for a little ice cream the next day
The multiple locations significantly increase operational complexity, because different historic venues impose structural limitations on which works can be shown, and exhibitions are often reinterpreted as they move between locations. A show that works well on the former factory floor in Oklahoma City might not lend itself to Lexington’s taller spaces.
Mr. Wilson, Ms. Brown and Ms. Stites also travel with acquisition in mind; exhibition inventories frequently change, and the collection evolves. “We’re always on the lookout for new work that will welcome, intrigue and inspire,” Ms. Stites said. “Contemporary art is getting more global in nature, and we want to find a way to integrate it into daily life. We can’t really understand our times until we look back, so we need artists to help us look ahead.”
...and Conde Nast Traveler on Why Nashville's Hotel Scene Is Hotter Than Ever mentions the new 21c there *and* another I'd really like to give a try: the Thompson