Campfire Stories at the Modern Hotel

Stories are central to the Modern Hotel.  We tell the story of how the Modern came to exist each time a guest inquires about the pictures on the wall. Our story is planted deep in Idaho, in the rich history of the west, Basque boarding houses, sheep herding, immigration, the American dream and stories told around […]

Modern Art and the Boise Bicycle Project

Only three days left until Modern Art 2014 and things are heating up. This year we are please to be included in “24 Bicycles in 24 Hours” sponsored by the Boise Bicycle Project and Boise Gives. Their goal is to give 24 bicycles to 24 children who otherwise couldn’t afford one. The bike in our […]

Modern Art Countdown

Only 10 days left before Modern Art. This week we’re featuring artist Ben Gin being interviewed by his alter ego KAOSEACE. That’s Kaos and Peace together. Ben will have a room at Modern Art again this year. No word yet as to whether KOASEACE will make an appearance. But the video is hysterical. So check […]

MA is Around the Corner

Modern Art 2014 is now only two weeks and two days away and the artists and their ‘artners are busy working on their projects for this year’s event.  Artists have now been assigned to all the rooms and outside spaces and we will post a map of the space assignments soon.  As we promised last […]

Hello Modern Art Fans

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: https://vimeo.com/channels/84270 Next week we hope to have […]

Countdown to Modern Art 2014

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 […]

The 39 Rooms Film Festival

The Modern Hotel Boise City Arts and History Sesqui–Shop present: 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, […]

Modern Art 2008 to 2014

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 […]

Modern Love

Our Valentine to you—Mati Young, iPhoneographer 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  […]

Treefort 2014

Again this year we are blessed with the Treefort Music Festival. Great bands migrate north from the warmth of Austin, Texas and will breeze into town to warm up our city March 20-24. If you didn’t go last year, I’ll offer some words of wisdom–or what I’m proclaiming to be wisdom. Go to Treefort, indulge […]