“Getting Happy” at The 9


OPENING RECEPTION – Thurs, November 13, 2014  6pm-9pm

Metropolitan at the 9

(2nd Floor near Alex Theater)
2017 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH 44115

Michelle Murphy as the first artist to be featured in the urban resort’s artist-in-residence program. Murphy’s interactive installation “Getting Happy — a public art laboratory,” will reside outside the Alex Theater for the next four months. The 9’s artist-in-residence program brings emerging and established local artists to the resort, inviting them to use space for creative production and exhibition of their work. The 9’s gallery artists were debuted in October, featuring sky paintings by Jessica Newell and photography by Herb Ascherman.

“The mood + aesthetic at the 9 is handsomely Modern and filled with captivating people. It is my pleasure to create artwork for (and with) this audience. I invite the guests into my contemporary practice and I know that we will both learn something new about ourselves in the process,” said Murphy.

“Get Happy” is interactive art where Murphy is both the performer and installer in a glass studio or public laboratory. She will create a lighting studio environment then photograph and videotape visitors giving each other hi-fives, smiling exercises and making party favors come to life. This footage is then looped into a video that she will have on display. As her artwork builds, more party favors and imagery will be exhibited in the gallery space at The 9.

“In ‘Getting Happy,’ the process of creating the artwork becomes part of the final exhibited work. An audience is imperative as they become both the model and the viewer of the performative photo and video series,” explained Murphy.

Whether guests are sipping cocktails at Ledger Bar, or viewing a show at Alex Theater, The 9 hopes to satisfy cultural sensibilities and promote a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of art and music not commonly found in hotels around the world.


About Michelle Murphy

Murphy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Digital Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Her artwork has been published and exhibited Internationally, including exhibitions in NYC, Geneva Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, and San Francisco. She is a Professional Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Director of Micro Art Space (gallery and artists’ short-term residency program), and co-curates the art and culture online magazine MAKE8ELIEVE with Swiss artist/designer Cetusss. In 2012-2014 her work was featured in DISCOVER Magazine, Buzzfeed, Art & Science Journal, DivineCaroline, SFMOMA Tumblr, NATIVE Publications, Maybelline NY Tumblr, Newsweek and the Daily Beast – Picture Dept Tumblr, 20×200, Popular Photography magazine, and the Drawing Center Viewing Program. Murphy’s work has been acquired in private collections internationally as well as the Progressive Art Collection.




About The 9

The former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda have been transformed into the city’s first luxury resort. The 9 houses the new Metropolitan at The 9 Hotel, Concierge Living apartments, restaurants, social lounges and ample event space. The locally owned grocery store, Heinen’s, will be located inside the resort’s rotunda. The dining and cocktail environments, combined with the one-of-a-kind special event spaces, will redefine how Clevelanders and their guests live, work and play in the city.


About The Metropolitan at The 9

The hotel is located inside The 9 and is affiliated with Autograph Collection®, Marriott International’s exclusive collection of more than 50 independent hotels that have been carefully selected for their chic decor, distinct style, guests’ travel interests and experiences. The hotel has 156 boldly designed rooms and suites. The 9 offers hotel guests and residents access to an indoor dog park, 24-hour housekeeping, valet and concierge services, spa and gym.