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50,000 beds

This ambitious project, the brainchild of artist Chris Doyle, marks the first collaboration between Connecticut’s premier contemporary art exhibition spaces: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Artspace in New Haven, and Real Art Ways in Hartford.

Doyle has commissioned forty-five different artists to make short videos, each set in a different hotel, motel, or inn across Connecticut.  The exhibition focuses on the hotel room as a site filled with narrative potential. Familiar yet foreign, a hotel room combines experiences of both intimacy and anonymity. The short videos will show a diverse range of artistic responses and themes—from fiction to documentary to a consideration of the relationship between travelers who stay in hotels and the laborers who work in them.

The videos will be shown in specially-designed “multi-screen” galleries at each of the three venues. In order to fully appreciate the project and see all forty-five videos, viewers will be encouraged to visit each venue during the summer.