by Amy Atkins
If you have plans for the evening of Thursday, May 6, which require you to get down Grove Street between 14th and 15th streets, scrap 'em. If it's anything like last year, that square block of the Linen Building will be teeming with thousands of people visiting or participating in the annual Modern Art event at the Modern Hotel.
Last year, visitors saw everything from a Segway-riding (scape)goat in the parking lot, to ethereal all-white rooms, to mysterious experiments about the mysterious disappearance of honeybees along with videos, paintings, cartoons, sculpture and more.
Seeing all of the art was mind-boggling, but seeing art happen—such as sculptor Kerry Moosman working with clay in the video below—was a rare shared experience. Few artists create in the presences of their closest friends, nevermind 5,000 strangers, so seeing work in process was an added bonus.
This year promises to be bigger than ever, although that's going to be tough. With nearly 5,000 people attending the event last year, the hotel and grounds writhed like a pillowcase full of kittens (with air holes cut in it, of course). And I can't wait to be right there in the middle of it.