For one night only – Saturday, October 28 – the 21c Museum Hotel main ballroom will be transformed into a secret garden for revelers to mingle with the unknown.
An evening of dancing, cocktails, and an exclusive art viewing awaits so pick out your best costume and join the halloween bash beginning at 9 p.m.
Michael Dunbar, General Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, says that the party has taken on a life of its own. “Guests will have ample opportunity to get lost in the darkness,” she explains. “The main gallery will be transformed into a secret garden with living art experiences, and throughout the party guests will happen upon live music, tarot readings, and candy stations.”
Costumes are encouraged and a judged costume will offer prizes, but if you happen to forget, face painters and masks will be available.
There will be plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the event, according to Dunbar including spooky libations from Metropole, the 21c hotel restaurant.
In addition to the main gallery, the museum team has curated a pop-up exhibition of film from the 21c collection.
An exclusive viewing of artworks from the 21c collection will be shown including, The Masked Ball by Yinka Shonibare and The Flying Lesson by Pano Era Manga.
“The frivolity and excess of old-world European aristocracy take center stage in Shonibare’s first film, The Masked Ball,” explains Dunbar. “Shonibare’s elaborate costume drama features performers clothed in the artist’s signature Dutch-wax ball gowns and frock coats, and wearing ornate Venetian-style masks.”
And to make sure the enchanted night is documented, “locally loved Floyd Johnson from Ohio Against the World will unveil his new photo booth concept during the party,” says Dunbar.
The Secret Garden Halloween Party is a collaborative approach from the 21c Museum Hotel team who is partnering with ArtWorks Cincinnati, a non-profit which employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact within the Queen City, fosters public art with an extensive mural program and supports artists and the community through art therapy and entrepreneurial education, according to Dunbar.
A suggested donation of $10 when entering the event will go directly to ArtWorks Cincinnati.
“This is the first year for the Secret Garden Halloween party, but we hope guests will explore our full roster of cultural programming that is responsive to the Cincinnati community,” says Dunbar.
The event is 21+ and ID will be required. To learn more about the Secret Garden Halloween Party and the 21c Museum Hotel, visit their website.