Kurt McVey is a writer, artist, curator, and performer living in New York City. He has contributed to The New York Times, T Magazine, Interview Magazine, Vanity Fair, PAPER Magazine, ArtNet News, Whitehot Magazine, Architectural Digest, Cultured, Forbes, Quiet Lunch, Hyperallergic and more.
I first dipped my toe into the world of 21c Museum Hotels when I headed down to Durham, North Carolina for Nina Chanel Abney's Royal Flush retrospective at the Nasher Museum. I was taken by the (21c Durham) museum hotel's collection of contemporary art, which went well beyond anything I've seen at other boutique hotels, with the exception of The Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach perhaps. Over a year later I headed to Louisville, Kentucky, the home-city of their flagship location. I was really taken by co-founder Steve Wilson's hospitality, his sense of humor, his sartorial style, his incredible bison ranch, and his ability to weave a compelling narrative. The piece took a leap away from the art beat when AD signed off on the pitch. The attention then turned to Deborah Berke, the architect who's been there from the very beginning.