Hello Modern Art Fans,
Nearly every year filmmaker Andy Lawless has documented Modern Art and over time has produced a number of great videos that capture the flavor and quirky nature of the proceedings. You can watch his work and those of other artists at our Vimeo channel:
Next week we hope to have Andy’s newest piece documenting last year’s Modern Art. Besides a good look at the art and spaces, it includes interviews with the artists who participated. So, check us out next week for more of Andy’s fine work.
It’s time to start the countdown to Modern Art 2014, happening this year on Thursday May 1st. This year’s applicants
were particularly strong so we are expecting an exciting show. Last year’s Modern Art gave us everything from the sublime to the absurd and this year promises more art to inspire, amuse and confuse. Over seventy artists will transform the rooms and outdoor spaces at the Modern Hotel into installations, galleries and performance spaces. So come on down, there’ll be something for everyone: art, food trucks, cocktails, music and, cross your fingers, sunshine.
This year’s entrants for Modern Art 2014 have proposed a wide array of fascinating ideas: a deconstructed car room, a flash dance ho-down, an ice fishing room and a living plant installation to name a few. We will even have the first ever Modern Marathon in which an artist will attempt to run an entire 26-mile marathon IN PLACE on one of the balconies. Bystanders will be encouraged to run next to him for as long as they feel is appropriate. If you don’t feel like running you can grab a cocktail and watch. Modern Art is always amusing.
The Modern Hotel
Boise City Arts and History Sesqui-Shoppresent:
39 Rooms Film Festival: All Roads Lead Home, Idaho
5 Films, 5 Filmmakers
Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m.
They say all roads lead home, and with our first showcase of the 39 Rooms Festival, we offer you a peek at the work of five filmmakers, each focusing on our roots: our home, Idaho.
39 Rooms Film Festival is a year-around, revolving showcase of films presented in a unique venue: a hotel room. Each of the 39 rooms at the Modern Hotel will feature a select group of films for an entire year. In addition to local fare, 39 Rooms will also venture into the wilds outside of Idaho with national and international films.
During our first event at the Sesqui-Shop, the Modern Bar will host light snacks, along with a no-host bar featuring a signature cocktail in honor of the event. Following the short film program, the filmmakers will be present to answer questions.
Directed by Drew Bachrach
In this celebration of Idaho landscape and youth, Bachrach, an LA filmmaker, focuses on the experience of growing up in Arco, near Craters of the Moon.
Directed by Ronn Sidenglanz
A beautiful documentary about an unique ride from Idaho City to Boise.
Directed by Emily Sandifer
The Civil War moves west of the Rockies, in a film whose themes resonate with issues faced by today’s soldiers returning home from conflicts abroad.
Directed by Chaz Gentry
A boy follows the object of his infatuation into the night in a film combining art and dark poetry, good and evil.
Directed by Phil Atlakson
Filmed in Garden Valley and based on a true story, this is the tale of an outsider with a reputation as a bully. But things aren’t exactly what they seem to be in this well crafted, finely acted film.
We welcome you to join us at the Sesqui-Shop for our first presentation. Following this event, you can view these selected Idaho films inside the Modern Hotel.
Space will be limited, so please arrive early.
In 2008, the first year of Modern Art we felt like we were holding our collective breath as we prepared for the big day. We had invited artists, spent $100 on posters, and called in our favorite taco truck. What more would we need? (Outside of electrical hookups, tents, tables and chairs, trash cans, recycling bins, port-a-potties, liability insurance?). We didn’t know whether to expect 100 people or 300, so we proceeded cautiously. “You better make sure everyone’s family shows up,” warned a friend helping with PR, “because you’ll want a good crowd.” Little did we know that over 2,000 people would pass through our doors that day, drawn by the opportunity to see works of challenging, whimsical and moving modern art, as well as see their friends and neighbors out and about on First Thursday.
It was the beginning of the recession, so hotel occupancy was low. We needed to fill rooms and let people know we were here, so Owner Elizabeth Tullis watched as artists swarmed through the lobby asking for hammers, nails, ladders, and scotch tape. It couldn’t have been easy watching sixty artists have their way with her new hotel, so carefully appointed with Cherner Chairs, Nelson Bubble Lamps and Modernica furnishings, but she knew it was something special and exciting.
Since then many groups have asked to partner with us on Modern Art, but we’ve kept everything in-house and created the event on a shoestring budget. It takes an army of housekeepers to put the place back together after the annual onslaught of 3,000 visitors ranging in age from 1 – 100. We negotiate for permits, add staff, hire security and everyone’s favorite: new drink specials crafted by our amazing bartenders. It’s a crazy time, and each year brings it’s own risks and challenges.
Many people have helped Modern Art thrive over the years. We’d like to thank our neighbors, Idaho Power Company and Oakley Moody, who lend us the use of their parking lots after hours. Thanks to Metro Car Wash, who publicize Modern Art on their digital sign each year, and to the Promo Shop, who gives us those ‘stinking badges’— ‘cause we need ‘em. We also appreciate our volunteers, who help pass out maps and answer questions. To Rachel Reichert and Jennifer Wood, thank you from all of us for your help over the years with social media and awesome graphics. Finally, we couldn’t pull off this event without Amy O’Brien and Kerry Tullis, the curators who help bring the whole process together. Over the past five years Amy and Kerry have worked together, contacting and negotiating with artists and usually displaying their own work, too. They, and the many, many creative and talented artists that we have been so lucky to have participate in Modern Art over the years, have helped create a special community event for the Modern and for Boise. Thank you for everything!
Join us for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Stay the night. Then drop in for a complimentary photo between the hours of 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in room 118.
The photographer is Mati Young, and she almost looks like a valentine—cute, nice smile, engaging, creative and open to life’s beautiful visual surprises. If you’re not familiar with her work here’s the scoop, she just taught a successful class on iPhoneography. Yes, that’s right, taking pictures with your iPhone. Mati finds it less meddlesome, which puts people at ease. She specializes indocumentary and also photographs musicians, bands and buskers.
Mati Young’s iPhoneography is a flexible art form, one that is honest and fun. Check out her work at: http://www.matiyoung.com