Our native Cincinnatian friend for over a decade, Anna, was in town last week. With the massive development and growth of the Queen City since she left for college, we were given the honor of showing her around her hometown for a night. We grabbed dinner at Sotto, an Italian restaurant located in a rustic basement space downtown with a dark, relaxed and cozy ambiance. After stuffing our faces with too much pasta and ricotta doughnuts, we walked around the corner to check out the current exhibitions at 21c Museum Hotel.
The lobby of the hotel transported us into a dream-like world of Albana Afonso’s Self-Portrait as Light. The above artwork was a collection of photos of the sky taken by the artist everyday for a year. I immediately got on my phone to calculate the number of boxes shown because there was no way they added up to 365. I was right, 6 x 6 x 9 = 324 photos. LIES.
Per recommendation by a friendly staff member, we headed upstairs to check out the exhibit, Transporting Transformation: Cuba, In and Out. The first piece to stand out to us was this illuminated installation of sheets of paper and pushpins titled El Mapa del Viajero (“The Map of the Traveller”). Arranged to mimic iconic buildings in the Cuban capital, it highlights quotes from hundreds of travel writings. We were drawn to it at first because it was pretty and bright, then at a closer glance we realized it was pretty freaking on point. Thankfully, Anna was around to reproduce the moment in her creative vision for us.
We look like we’re having lots of fun, but we just felt awkward having to pose and stare at each other.
It was a wonderful girls’ night with Anna! Our appreciation goes out to her for capturing the night so beautifully. Check out more of her work at Anna Wu Photography. Oh, and when she shot Karen’s gorgeous wedding.
+ our BFF, 21c Cincinnati Penguin.