by Tara Morgan
The Modern Hotel’s mid-century decor seemed to rub off on this year’s crop of Modern artists. For the fifth-annual Modern Art event on May 3, Bryan Moore tricked out the wraparound porch of the hotel’s Business Office with vintage tiki decor, Bruce Maurey covered the walls of his vice-themed den with neon blacklight posters of celebrities who died in hotel rooms, and further down the hall, Vinyl Preservation Society slid into their polyester pantsuits and cranked out the disco jams.
Not to be left out of the throwback action, Boise Weekly staffers donned their finest flapper gear and poker faces in a 1920’s-themed speakeasy art barter room, while directly below, former BW'er Tyler Bush staged a re-creation of John and Yoko’s bed-in for peace with the fabulous Minerva Jayne, complete with frequent sing-a-longs.
But the evening wasn’t all a blast from the past. There were oracles, 9-year-old picketers, neon cat butts and crocheted VHS tape galore. Not to mention beds covered in delicate cut-paper, beds covered in pointy nails and downy feathers, and beds littered with stuffed fleshy bits, hair and marshmallows.
If you missed out on any of the artsy action, check out our slideshow here.