First Thursday: Modern Art at the Modern Hotel 

35 hotel rooms = 35 unique galleries of art

Mobbing the Modern.

Patrick Sweeney

Mobbing the Modern.

Modern Art, which happens every year on the first Thursday in May at the Modern Hotel and Bar (1314 W. Grove St.), draws close to 5,000 people who wander through the hotel's 35 rooms, each having been transformed into an immersive artistic experience.

"We don't exactly encourage people to wrap the entire room in foil," said Modern Art organizer Kerry Tullis, "but it's not a straight gallery either. It makes artists think about their work and present their work in a different way."

This year more than 80 artists created rooms and as visitors make their way through the mini galleries, there will be live music courtesy of a mariachi band, a men's choir, and Travis and Ali Ward of Hillfolk Noir. Food trucks and coffee by Neckar roasting company will be available outside the hotel. With Boise Bike Week right around the corner (see Rec News), Modern Art will also feature a room by Boise Bicycle Project, who is hosting a bike parade starting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. and ride to the Modern Hotel, which is BBP's interactive hub throughout the Idaho Gives event, also on Thursday, May 7.

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