21c Museum Hotel Sets Their Sights on a New Year with 20/20 Bash

Ring in the new year in technicolor that would make even Dorthy blush

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click to enlarge Surreal and intricately designed, Nick Cave's "Soundsuits" was a response to the Rodney King police brutality case in the 1990s. The art piece is one of the items within 21c's current "Dress Up, Speak Up" exhibition. - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Surreal and intricately designed, Nick Cave's "Soundsuits" was a response to the Rodney King police brutality case in the 1990s. The art piece is one of the items within 21c's current "Dress Up, Speak Up" exhibition.

Envision a 20/20 future at 21c Museum Hotel's New Year's Eve bash, where they'll usher in the turning of a decade with curated experiences that celebrate both the new and the now. 

Of those experiences, Louisville-based multimedia production firm Lapis Laser Display will bring technicolor lighting to the hotel's second-floor gallery. Those effects can be seen at new heights via diffraction glasses; a pair will be included with the first 250 tickets purchased. You may remember Lapis Laser's handiwork during this year's BLINK — they installed a fogged-up light ceiling in Gano Alley, complete with bright criss-cross lasers. 

Head to the ballroom to dance the night away with DJ Glittertitz at the helm and Dancefix livening up the scene. A photobooth complete with a local-artist crafted backdrop will be there to help preserve those mems. 

A portion of the night's proceeds from ticket sales will go toward OneSight, an international nonprofit that aims to break down the barriers to better eyesight for underserved communities across the globe and locally. 

You can peep some art, too. Currently on display is Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance, an exhibition that grapples with contemporary identity by way of elements like costuming, makeup, self-adornment and embellishment. By reaching backward into history, the figures within often seem to reach forward in an act of reclamation to a past denied by the white gaze. 

If you find yourself still recovering from the night's festivities, 21c is hosting a brunch at Metropole, which is included in 21c Cincinnati's New Year's Eve booking package for a one-night stay with valet parking and a bottle of bubbly. 

Tickets to the NYE party cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door, cash only. Tix include one complimentary beverage. Must be 21+ to purchase. 

9 p.m.-1 a.m., Dec. 31. 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Downtown. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

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