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Issue 2

We're back for Issue 2 of The Penguin Post, bringing you thoughtful, happy, inspiring and helpful content, all through the 21c lens. In this issue, you'll learn about renovations at 21c Louisville, a sneak peek of 21c St Louis and more.

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”

– Auguste Rodin

A Message from our team at 21c Lexington

“We miss it all.  We miss the conversations and laughter in Lockbox.  We miss the celebrations in our event spaces.  We miss the curious faces in our art galleries.  We miss our guest rooms being full of people from all over the world.  Most of all, we miss you and very much look forward to life returning to more normal times.  We cannot wait to welcome you back to the quirky, imaginative world that is 21c Museum Hotels.  Stay well and take care.”




Yoga With Art

When our properties are open and operating, 21c properties host weekly Yoga with Art sessions on Saturday mornings.  During this temporary closure, we hosted a safe and socially distanced class within one of our galleries inside 21c Louisville.

So, grab your mat, a towel, and enjoy 45 minutes of yoga flow

New Renovations at 21c Louisville

If you’ve had the chance to visit a 21c museum or restaurant, you know that restroom break does not mean a break from your museum experience. 21c Louisville’s restrooms are home the site specific installation In the Absence of Voyerism #6 and #7 by artist Sean Bidic. In 2002, Sean Bidic, a plastic surgeon at the University of Texas Medical Center, took time off from medicine to complete a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. While in Pittsburgh, Bidic befriended members of a blind dart throwing club, and became interested in how people with disabilities are often seen and stereotyped. For this series, the blind eyes of seven individuals from the dart throwing group are captured on separate life-size LCD monitors, installed on 21c’s vanity mirrors.

Just prior to the temporary closure, a full renovation of the mens’ and womens’ spaces was completed, complete with a striking black and white floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tile. In the Absence of Voyerism remains in the redesigned space, creating an all new way to experience a classic 21c installation cherished by the Louisville team and their community. We look forward to sharing this stunning new space with our guests upon reopening!


Staying Healthy At Home

During this season of quarantine and social distancing, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits and out of a routine as we work from home in our pj’s. Stay at home orders mean we aren’t facing the public on a daily basis, and cycling through every last pair of yoga pants before even considering putting on pants with a button. It also means being home 24/7, and whether that means you’re now at home with a partner and three kids all day every day, or you’re home alone, this can really take a toll on your mental health. Just making it through the day some days can be challenging, and things like self-care and healthy eating can go right out the window.

Jessi Tomain, Director of Sales & Marketing for 21c Cincinnati ,came across a great article In Travel + Leisure recently, offering some great advice on staying healthy at home and why it’s more important now than ever.  “How to Stay Healthy at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

To follow Dr. Rajapaksa’s advice, here are a few apps she loves to help guide you in the quest to stay healthy at home… all available free of charge!


Calm – Learn the art of meditation, relaxation and mindfulness. Sleep more, stress less, live better. I use it every day!

7 minute workout – there are so many free at home workout apps, but I particularly like this one. It’s all in the name! In the midst of working from home, 24/7 parenting and all of the added stress in the world today, you can still find time to work out in the comfort of your home – in 7 minutes!

Fooducate – this app tells you so much more about the food you’re eating than the nutrition label! Keep track of what you eat, and Fooducate will give you an analysis of your eating habits, making suggestions for a healthier alternative if there’s something harmful in the mix.



Melanie Briley's Pineapple Fried Rice

This pineapple fried rice recipe is a family favorite of Melanie Briley, Director of Sales and Marketing for 21c Oklahoma City.  You can add whatever vegetables you have on hand (snow peas, baby corn, etc.) and adjust the spice but this is her favorite combination.  The dish is hardy enough to stand alone but can be paired with roasted broccoli drizzled with hoisin sauce and scallion pancakes to create a wonderful takeout experience at home.  Use leftover rice to gain the perfect texture.  Fresh pineapple can be substituted for tidbits, but in making as a weeknight meal, the tidbits save the time of trimming and cutting a whole pineapple.  This recipe reheats wonderfully (it only gets better!) and is perfect for lunch the next day.  This is on weekly rotation in Melanie’s house and has opened the door to experimenting with other take-out favorites!


3 T Soy Sauce

2 T Toasted Sesame Oil

1 T Sriracha Sauce (heaping)

2 T + 1 t Peanut Oil

8 oz Chopped Ham

1 Orange Bell Pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into ¼ inch strips

2 Carrots, Peeled and Julienned

6 Scallions – White Part Minced, Green Parts Cut into ½ inch pieces

1 Medium Yellow Onion, sliced in half and cut in ¼ inch moons

1 ½ t Chopped Garlic

1 T Minced Ginger (fresh)

5 C Leftover White Rice (cold)

3 Large Eggs, beaten

1 C Pineapple Tidbits


Combine soy sauce, sesame oil and sriracha in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat 1 T peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium high heat until it starts to smoke.  Add ham, bell pepper, carrots, scallion whites, onion and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, 8 – 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.  Transfer mixture to large plate and set aside.

Heat 1 T peanut oil in empty skillet over medium high heat.  Add rice and cook, pressing to break up clumps until heated through and slightly crispy (about 5 minutes).

In a separate pan over medium heat, add remaining 1 t peanut oil.   Add beaten eggs and cook to a soft scramble (will continue to cook once added back to the rice), remove from heat.

Add the eggs, ham/veggie mixture back into the pan with the rice.  Add the sauce, stir to combine.  Add the pineapple and continue to cook over medium heat until the pineapple is heated through.  Turn off heat.  Garnish with scallion greens and serve.


21c St Louis - Construction is Underway

21c Museum Hotels, has been selected to serve as the brand and management company of the restored YMCA building located at 1528 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis.  21c Museum Hotel St. Louis, expected to open in late 2021, will be a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and independently branded, chef-driven restaurant.

The 10-story YMCA building was constructed in 1926 in the Renaissance Revival style, with some Gothic elements, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Floors one through three were previously operated by the YMCA and floors four through ten were most recently operated as apartments. The building includes two basements that contain a pool and locker rooms.

Upon completion, 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis will be the company’s eleventh property, with approximately 173 guest rooms and suites. Building on the founders’ mission to bring contemporary art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programming that integrates art into daily life, 21c St. Louis will feature exhibition, meeting and event space showcasing rotating curated exhibitions, interactive site-specific art installations and a roster of cultural programming based on collaborations with local and national arts organizations.


Cats Vacationing in Paris?

Britta Ward is a luxury travel advisor with Strong Travel based in Dallas, Texas. Her experience includes luxury leisure, high end corporate, and production/entertainment travel. She is your typical road warrior and on average, visits a new city every month. This is how she received the catch phrase, where is Britta now? With shelter-in-place in full swing she began to dream of giving back by fostering a cat for a local shelter. What better way to keep sane and help the community?


A Facebook friend found kittens outside her window a few days later with no mother cat to be found. This was her chance! 3 day old kittens, how cute right? The first week of life means bottle feeding every 2 hours. Let’s just call this a HUGE adjustment when it comes to sleep schedules. She was able to get the boys sponsored by Frisco Humane Society to help with medical expenses and adoptions when they get to 10-12 weeks old. In the meantime Britta has become incredibly creative in bringing the travel world to these little guys, now 4 weeks old. We have seen both boys packing there bags for their first plane ride, experiencing Stagecoach Music Festival, have tea in London and much more. All of these pictures can be found on her Instagram page @WhereisBrittaNow.


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