Everyone has a hotel story. The hotel is a universal and identifiable symbol with extraordinary purpose. A space that combines the private and public realms, it is intimately connected to a rich history of social and cultural change. Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, up for its last day today at the Vancouver Art Gallery, charts the evolution of the hotel from an isolated and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world, elucidating its prominence in the public consciousness and reflecting the nature of the hotel itself: engaging, innovative, provocative, ephemeral, a laboratory of modern life.
By the time this post appears, I’m sure this Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit on hotels, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life will be closed or closing. We managed to check it out last week.
It was a fun little hour or so, but personally I think it makes a better book than exhibit - there was a lot of reading, and at the same time, not enough reading. (Get it at Amazon) The exhibit just made me want to stay in a hotel - which I’m guessing is the point.