On the museum side of 21c Museum Hotel’s mission, there are a number of special events including a preview of what may be coming for Louisville in terms a new cluster of urban distillery tourist attractions.
Yale University architecture professor Deborah Berke, the architect for the Louisville 21C, will bring a group of her students to present their visions for what a distillery in the center of a 21st Century city should look like. Which is way more than an academic exercise.
At least four such projects are planned along Main and Market streets during the next two years. Though the owners of 21C, who include Brown-Forman scion Laura Lee Brown, haven’t announced such a plan … yet.
In addition, the Fifth Annual Kentucky Short Film Video Showcase is scheduled for September 27. This annual event by the Louisville Film Society brings works by local filmmakers for sort of an – dare we say it – orgy of independent film watching on the museum’s rooftop garden area. (Weather permitting.)
- Luis Gispert, Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. book signing at 8 p.m.
21c Museum will present acclaimed artist Luis Gispert for a free lecture and book signing in the Atrium Gallery. Works from his Decepción series are currently on view at Proof on Main in conjunction with “Consuming Cultures: A Global View.”
Gispert is a filmmaker, photographer, and sculptor, addressing a variety of topics in his work such as the infiltration of subcultures on the mainstream and the fragmented American experience. From photographs of surreal landscapes viewed from elaborate cockpits to stylized sculptures of tricked-out speaker systems, Decepción acts as a composite, melding what is familiar with the unexpected. Gispert’s message points out the fragile balance between consummate reality and the decorated facades we tend to build around it.
- Eve Sussman, September 6 at 7 p.m, reception at 8 p.m.
21c Museum Hotel and the Kentucky School of Art with support of Brown-Forman Corporation will present an evening lecture with photographer/filmmaker Eve Sussman. A public reception with cash bar to follow. Sussman will also be conducting a workshop with students at the Kentucky School of Arts on September 5th.
Eve Sussman is an artist whose work incorporates film, video, installation, sculpture and photography. In 2003 she began working under the rubric Rufus Corporation. Rufus has evolved into a ‘think tank’ of performers, artists, musicians, writers and programmers who have collaborated on films and art works. Her work has been shown internationally, including exhibitions at The Reina Sofia in Madrid, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Louisiana Museum in Denmark, and The National Gallery in London.
- New Fruits: Urban Distillery exhibition
September 8 through September 24 in Gallery 4
Deborah Berke, Principal of Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP and adjunct professor of Architecture at Yale University, will be visiting 21c with her Yale School of Architecture students whose Advanced Design Studio this year focused on proposals for a 21st century urban distillery in downtown Louisville. The models, drawings, renderings, and video will present an inspiring array of possibilities for the rebirth of urban manufacturing and a reimagined vision of commercial and cultural vitality in downtown Louisville.
- Fifth Annual Kentucky Short Film Video Showcase, September 27
Doors open at 7 p.m., screening at 8.
Free Admission, Cash Bar, Limited Seating
The Louisville Film Society and 21c Museum Hotel are partnering for their annual free outdoor film screening. In Late-September, enjoy the cool fall air on the rooftop of the 21c hotel parking garage while watching a series of short films and videos by independent filmmakers.
About 21c Museum Hotels: 21c Museum Hotel was founded in Louisville in 2006 by preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The project supports both their desire to preserve beautiful Kentucky farmland through revitalization efforts in downtown Louisville and their vision for making contemporary art a part of more people’s daily lives. The couple tapped architect Deborah Berke to convert a series of 19th century tobacco and Bourbon warehouses into a contemporary art museum with 9,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 90 room boutique hotel, and a restaurant and bar, Proof on Main. As North America’s first museum devoted solely to the art of living artists, 21c Museum Hotel features a rotating program of curated exhibitions as well as site-specific, commissioned installations. 21c has garnered praise from many notable publications including Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, W, and Condé Nast Traveler, whose readers voted 21c among the top 10 hotels in the world in the annual Readers’ Choice Survey in 2009, 2010 and 2011.