21c Museum Hotel Chicago Names Barker Creative Director


The 21c Museum Hotel Chicago has named internationally acclaimed photographer and entrepreneur Nigel Barker as its new creative director. In his new role, Barker will develop and oversee multiple experience-based event design and programming initiatives for the Chicago hotel.

“Nigel Barker’s extraordinary professional accomplishments and his vision for our Chicago property make him the perfect fit for 21c Museum Hotel Chicago,” said Randall Williams, General Manager of 21c Museum Hotel Chicago. “We look forward to working closely with Nigel to further enhance the guest experience at 21c Chicago and establish the hotel as a mainstay for Chicago residents and tourists.”

Barker takes on his role as Creative Director at the 21c Museum Hotel Chicago as the hotel prepares to launch its new on-site exhibit, “Pop Stars! Popular culture and contemporary art”, March 21. The multimedia exhibition illuminates the intersection of fame, commerce, technology and media, and will feature notable works by Nick Cave, Brendan Fernandes, Titus Kaphar, Hank Willis Thomas and Kehinde Wiley. , among others. Covering the entire 10,000 square foot gallery at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, Pop Stars! features over 90 works of art by 55 artists from around the world.

“Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities because of the creative and industrious nature of its people. It’s shown in everything from the city’s architecture and public art to its restaurant scene – 21c Chicago epitomizes all of that,” Barker said. “I’m so excited to bring new experiences and activities to 21c Chicago and this couldn’t
be more about kicking off than with the Pop Stars! exposure.”

Barker opened his studio in New York in 1996. He served 17 seasons as a photographer and judge on the hit television show America’s Next Top Model, which aired in over 140 countries, and hosted the modeling competition series from Oxygen Network, The Face, alongside Naomi. Campbell. Barker also created the VH1 reality show The Shot. His latest hit show, Top Photographer, received rave reviews and a second season is in the works.

Barker’s presence in the fashion and entertainment industry has resulted in a series of exciting projects, including the creation of a furniture line, a skateboard collection, three fragrances and many more. innovative projects.

Barker has directed and produced films, documentaries and commercials for Hollywood clients and international charities. He received the “Film Heals” Award for Humanitarianism at the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival for Dreams Are Not Forgotten. Using the power of photography and film, Barker was able to spread his humanitarian message to a wide audience through films, public service announcements, and traveling exhibits.


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