21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

609 Walnut Street
Cincinnati (Downtown), OH 45202
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati


Fawn , Oleg Dou , 2011, Chromogenic print
Courtesy of Galeria Senda

Hybridity: The New Frontier

Jul. 25, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014
Mon–Sun: 24 hours/day

The evolution of species and spaces in 21st-century art explores recent advances in scientific technology and the diminishing boundaries between human and animal kingdoms. The shifting environmental and economic conditions then become fodder for creativity. Hybridity: The New Frontier reveals the active alteration of the Earth and its inhabitants. Employing photography, painting, sculpture and video — and often incorporating re-purposed commercial materials such as tires, safety barrels, matches, broken furniture and discarded shoes — the artists featured in Hybridity create new breeds: a two-headed ram, an embroidered cow and a panoply of interspecies, or hybrids. Genetic recombinants that are equal parts fact and fiction. While hybrids have been a staple of the collective cultural imagination for centuries, today their habitats are depicted as both natural and artificial. In the landscapes and cityscapes of Hybridity, nature meets techno-culture, and the new natural is both organic and manufactured. The artists of Hybridity — influenced by Surrealism, science and a radically changed global economy — envision how the dreams and detritus of the industrial era have generated the promise and peril of the digital age. The result is Hybridity: The New Frontier, outlandish in its examination of how we shape and share our world.



Jul. 25, 2014
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, 609 Walnut Street | Cincinnati, OH 45202

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati welcomes 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Chris Doyle for an Artist Lecture on July 25, at 7 pm in Gallery 2, for a perspective that coincides with the Hybridity: The New Frontier exhibition. Chris Doyle is an interdisciplinary artist whose works — usually animated — have involved photography, sculpture, painting, design and architecture. In his 2012 interview with Barbara Morris for art ltd., Mr. Doyle expressed an interest in our struggle to transcend being human, the "essential paradox," because it “is in fact our most human of qualities.”

Mr. Doyle's most recent work explores the cultural construction of landscape. He has exhibited widely at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art and MoMA PS1. His urban projects — both temporary and permanent — include commissions for the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and the U.S. Ambassadors' residences in Stockholm, Melbourne and Edmonton. Mr. Doyle received his Master of Architecture from Harvard's School of Design and is now based in Brooklyn.

Reservation Information:

Free and open to the public. A cash bar will be available on the 2nd floor.


Oct. 10, 2014
PRIVATE DINNER at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati for FOCUS Passport Holders, 609 Walnut Street | Downtown


PRIVATE DINNER For Focus-Level Passport Holders 

8:30 –11 pm

RSVP Required for Focus Level: rsvp@fotofocuscincinnati.org

A special late evening dinner for Focus-Level Passport Ticket Holders will take place after the 6 pm Memorial Hall program, in which Keynote Speaker JEFF L. ROSENHEIM, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, discusses photography and the Civil War.

Reservation Information:

Reservation required: rsvp@fotofocuscincinnati.org