The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York


Ying Ge & Juan
September 2017


Since 2010, Creative Growth —an Oakland-based nonprofit serving artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities— has hosted Beyond Trend, a one of kind, unscripted, couture fashion performance featuring artists from the studio and their designs. In celebration of New York Fashion Week 2017, Ace Hotel New York has curated Ying Ge & Juan, an exhibition of works on paper by two current Creative Growth artists. Despite being from vastly different backgrounds, Yng Ge Zhou and Juan Aguilera create works which appear in effortless conversation with one another, each artist being fluent in the languages of fashion and design.

Juan Aguilera emigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of eight, though he returns to his birthplace often to visit his family. Aguilera fuses female imagery with flowering plants and other organic content, a gesture the artist describes as being a symbolic nod to the matriarch and the life cycle, specifically as it pertains to birth. Garments transcend their everyday utility and are re-imagined into beautifully rendered, emblematic feminine icons.

Born in Guangdong, China, Ying Ge Zhou arrived at Creative Growth with a strong aptitude for drawing and painting. Using fashion and entertainment magazines as source material, Ying Ge translates static ads into a dynamic portraits; her loose, punctuated style reminiscent of Warhol’s fashion drawings. Surrounded by a foreign culture, Ying Ge’s work serves as a means of translation, perhaps a searching for a complexity beneath the surface of high-gloss industry photography.

Creative Growth Art Center provides a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation, and a social atmosphere among peers. Creative Growth’s studio serves over 150 adult artists in a variety of media, and Creative Growth’s gallery is the world’s oldest exhibition space dedicated to artwork made by people with disabilities.

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Mapping Mespeathches
July 2017  


Mapping Mespeatches, an exhibition of site-specific work by artist Sto Len, highlights the relationship between aesthetic beauty and ugly truth by investigating urban sprawl and the illegal dumping of toxic waste in natural habitats through a series of prints pulled from the surface of Newtown Creek and Corona Park in Queens. Working en plein air from a rowboat, Len uses an original process he calls Tsunaminagashi — a mix of traditional suminagashi and his own techniques — to print directly off of the water. These works are arresting, psychedelic experiments in marbleized texture and design that reveal a dark, tactile truth of urban pollution in our city’s water.

Sto Len exposes the physical consequences of this commodified urban landscape through land art, performance and printmaking as a site of discourse on environmentalism and gentrification. Sto Len is Brooklyn-based with familial roots in Vietnam and was the inaugural artist invited to participate in Ace Hotel New York’s Artists in Residence program.

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Mike Perry:
All the Colors at Once
June 2017


Ace Hotel New York and 99u are proud to host All the Colors at Once. Mike Perry is an artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet, and designer. His work encompasses paintings, drawings, sculptures, art installations, books, murals, all of which are made to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you laugh and can’t stop laughing. Key to Mike’s working method is the recognition that art and objects, go through many iterations—discoveries, coverings, uncovering—until they’re finished; people do the same until they are fully revealed.

He likes to cultivate collectives of celebration, exhibition, and revelation. Through their Webby Award-winning website, popular events, and bestselling books, and by sharing pragmatic, action-oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives, 99U doesn't just give you more ideas —they empower you to make good on the ones you've already got.

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Fair Food Nation
May 2017

Who plants, harvests and prepares your meals? And afterwards, who does the dishes?

Since 2012, fast food workers across the United States have been demanding a living wage through the Fight for $15 campaign, echoing the struggles of the United Farm Workers of America who, since the 60s, have led efforts to organize agricultural workers. The Black Panthers, understanding that food is an essential prerequisite for liberation, started the Free Breakfast for School Children Program which remains visible today in free breakfast programs at public schools across the country. Similarly, liberation movements around the world — from Angola’s Movimento Popular de Libertação to the Chiapas-based Zapatistas — have mobilized citizens to take control of their food production systems.

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John Cage's Cookbooks
May 2017

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, philosopher, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. 

In addition to his well known contributions to music including the infamous 4'33", Cage was deeply interested in food and cooking. He co-founded the New York Mycological Society, studied macrobiotic diets and kept a diary noting his many culinary encounters with friends. Items appear courtesy of the John Cage Trust, and are being displayed this month in celebration of Food Book Fair 2017. The Gallery Annex is located in our lobby, back to the right of the bar and across from the W/C.

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To Serve the National Interest
April 2016

To Serve the National Interest investigates the physical terrain of U.S. immigration and carceral policy by using publicly accessible satellite imagery of privately run, immigrant-only federal prisons and primary-source government documents. Exploring the often conspicuously absent human stories in aerial perspectives, this collaborative exhibition by artists Ingrid Burrington and Josh Begley, along with journalist Seth Freed Wessler, runs in conjunction with Rhizome’s annual Seven on Seven conference.

To Serve the National Interest seeks to collapse the fragmented narratives of U.S. immigration policy into a single landscape and timeline using the analogue technology of lenticular printing. The exhibition is a meditation on the trauma buried — yet still present — within the carceral landscape. 

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Penumbra Foundation
April 2017

This April, our Gallery Anex hosts a display of photo-ephemera from our neighbors at Penumbra Foundation. No strangers to Ace, Penumbra also curated our Artists in Residence program last month, and will be back with more later in the year. A reception for their pop-up display will be held on Tuesday April 25th from 7-9pm.

Penumbra Foundation is a non profit organization that brings together the Art and Science of Photography through education, research, outreach, public?, ??residency programs? and a tintype studio?. The Penumbra Tintype Studio is a wet plate collodion portrait studio, open to the public for bookings, events and weddings. All proceeds from the studio go to support Penumbra's mission and programs.

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No Trend
February 2017

Skaters have always expressed themselves as they see fit. They have an ineffable knack for practice and perhaps that drive — along with an irreverent attitude toward authority and a clear sense-of-self — allows them to move between the asphalt and the studio (or to even erase the distinction between skating and art) with such grace and aplomb.

NO TREND, curated by Anthony Pappalardo, looks to some exceptionally talented skaters whose fine-art practices define their real relationship to skateboarding, one where the work speaks for itself and noone else. Works by Cole Giordano, Pep Kim, Jonathan Mehring, Lou Sarowsky, Winston Tseng, Tyrrell Winston and Allen Ying.

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Ryan James MacFarland: Memorial
January 2017

Memorial —a site-specific installation by Ryan James MacFarland— combines Polaroid 600 cameras, unused film, film packaging and adhesive to create a personal, loving memory of Edwin Herbert Land (1909-1991) and The Polaroid Corporation (1932-2009). Memorial will be on display from Jan 5 - 31 in our Gallery Annex —a small space for big ideas. A friends & family reception, which the pulbic can drop by for as well, will take place on January 11 at 7pm.

Born in Tallahassee, FL in 1985, MacFarland is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in analog photography, who received his BFA from New York University in 2006. Working across environments both natural and found, MacFarland explores spatial and historical relationships informed by nonlinear science, cosmic intervention and conscious existence. His work has been featured globally by outlets such as Artinfo, Art F City, DuJour, Hyperallergic, Purple, OUT, The New York Times, Vogue, W and Whitewall.


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Nick McManus: Where's My Polaroid?
January 2017

Since 2012, New York-based group portrait artist Nick McManus has single-handedly captured over 3,000 Polaroids — a project documenting intimate constellations of some of our city’s most necessary cultural contributors. Allowing gatherings to guide his lens, McManus is there as parties wind down and venues close up — directing DJs, party-goers, promoters, hosts and cleaning staff alike out of the dark corners, and capturing vibrant communities of all kinds across New York’s impossibly broad spectrum; his personal best is 17 shooting locations in a single night.

Recording now-lost landmarks like Pearl River Mart, Puck Fair, The Acheron, Surma Books, Patricia Field, The Sock Man, Inutilious Retailer, Ludlow Guitars, Jeromes, Grand Victory and more, Where’s My Polaroid? Is comprised of 720 photos McManus shot in New York City over the complicated course of 2016 — a fleeting testament to the year that was, and a one-of-its-kind chronicle of the elusive group energies that fuel so much of this city. 

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System Failure
December 2016

With System Failure, Faust calls attention to four artists whose practices are case studies in pressure, potential energy, and release. Influenced by the aesthetics and attitude of street art, each flip instances of breakdown and failure —deletion, explosion, political unrest, etc— into moments of celebration and beauty. Works by Victoria Siemer, Caroline Caldwell, Nelson Rivas and Sabekst.

Faust, one of the more influential graffiti artists in New York, was featured in Le Tag (Paris) and named in Juxtapoz's list of Top 20 Graffiti Artists. System Failure was paired with December's Artists in Residence program; artists represented in the exhibition each spent one night at the hotel, turning their room into a temporary studio. 

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Discount Mini Mart
December 2016, Gallery Annex

DISCOUNT MINI MART, a micro discount store compiled by Adriana Gallo, took up residence at Ace Hotel New York for the month of November. Located in the Gallery Annex, the project celebrates the corner discount store's legendary status as a place where you might not find exactly what you're after, but are guaranteed to come across objects you never knew you needed. Adorned with their proprietors' signature sense of flair, these "everything" stores play an important role in our culture, showcasing the similarities and differences between neighboring towns (or blocks) along common routes of travel. Adriana Gallo is a NYC resident with roots in the Berkshires, Rhode Island, and Milan. A recent RISD grad, this artist, illustrator, and designer also works right here at Ace Hotel. The Gallery Annex is a small space for big ideas. It is located in the lobby by the restrooms and the bar.

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After Womanhouse
November 2016

In 1971, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro curated Womanhouse, an exhibition at CalArts in which 21 female performance and installation artists created thematic work based on stereotypical tropes of "women's work." 45 years later, McNally Jackson's Picture Room pays homage to this historic happening, inviting a select group of contemporary women artists to address these themes through a modern lens.

Featuring works from Kayla Ephros, Blanca Guerrero, Aidan Koch, Maia Ruth Lee, and Jen Shear, After Womanhouse's participants make use of clip art, blogging, and web imagery paired with hand-crafted paper, textiles and traditional artistic practices.

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The Illustrated & Abriviated Story of the King's Mouth and How it Came to Be So...
October 2016

As frontman of the wildly adventurous rock band The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne’s psychedelic surrealism takes many forms: he's penned seminal songs, transformed concerts into visually stunning spectacles, created enduring album cover art, drawn comic books, released music on flash drives embedded in gummy skulls, directed a sci-fi Christmas movie and opened a funhouse-style arts venue in his hometown of Oklahoma City.

Last year at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, Coyne premiered his immersive King’s Mouth sculpture — an immense metallic head with synchronized lights and music — which proved to be one of the most popular attractions in AVAM’s history. Coyne also concocted a fantastical creation myth that he illustrated with a series of drawings and multi-media collages. Through October, The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York presented a selection of these 2D works from the King's Mouth exhibition, in partnership with Baltimore's Friends Records.

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Natural Causes
September 2016


For New York Fashion Week, Ace Hotel New York welcomes Coeio into our Gallery during September for an Infinity Burial Suit exhibition, Natural Causes. On Thursday, September 8th we'll host an opening reception and ceremonious burial suit performance to a live ensemble performing select works by noted mushroom collector and composer John Cage. We're also giving away a suit to one lucky human, and one noble beast.

Introduced by Coeio, a green burial company, the burial suit spawned from the simple notion that mushrooms could be key to rethinking both death and our human relationship to the planet. Founder and CEO Jae Rhim Lee, an MIT-trained artist and designer, invented the eco-friendly jumpsuit embedded with mushrooms and other biological material to harmoniously digest the deceased while cleaning toxins in the body and the soil and helping plants in the burial area flourish — like a future-oriented mushroom dirge.

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Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson
August 2016


With Outlooks, Storm King Art Center invites emerging or mid-career artists to create temporary works of art specifically for Storm King’s site. This season, Josephine Halvorson presents Measures, three new site-specific works that respond to distinct environments in Storm King’s five-hundred-acre landscape, inspired by the natural and artistic landmarks that surround them. To prepare for the project, Halvorson made preliminary painted sketches, six of which are on view at The Gallery at Ace Hotel in New York along with a film created by RAVA Films that provides insight into Halvorson’s artistic process, thoughts and installation at Storm King.

The exhibitions run through August at Ace Hotel New York and through November 27 at Storm King Art Center.

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Emily Fuhrman: Lossless
July 2016

Discwoman, a New York-based platform representing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent often underrepresented in the electronic music mainstream, has several artists included in this year’s Warm Up lineup. MoMA PS1 has invited Discwoman to present Lossless — a solo exhibition of new works by visual artist Emily Fuhrman in Ace Hotel New York’s gallery. In this series, Fuhrman uses original code and unique conceptual constraints to produce data-driven 2D interpretations of selected tracks by artists featured in MoMA PS1's Warm Up series this year, including: “Queen” by TT The Artist; “Lionsong” by Bjork (Juliana Huxtable remix); BEARCAT’s score for Body Electric, the CHROMAT documentary; “Stillness” by SADAF, and “Homonyms” by Eartheater.

Presented by Ace Hotel New York and Discwoman in conjunction with Warm Up at MoMA PS1.

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June 2016


Introduced to the general public in the mid 1990s, the Precor M9.1 Precision Electronic Treadmill featured a microprocessor-regulated motor control system, Manual and Interval modes and various factory-programmed courses. Originally designed to provide home-users with a comfortable workout, John Kilduff — a Los Angeles-based artist who'd studied at The Groundlings, Los Angeles City College and the Otis/Parsons Art Institute — had something different in mind for the device.

In 2001, "Let's Paint TV" began broadcasting live on Los Angeles Public Access television. Episodes centered around Kilduff’s painting practice, which consisted of a variety of activities — taking calls from viewers, motivational speaking, cooking, playing ping pong and concocting “blended drinks” — all while running on a treadmill in a paint-stained Brooks Brothers suit.

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May 2016

Ace Hotel and 99U tapped the imagination of Tokyo-born and NYC-based artist Miho Hatori, who proposed a series of Hanafuda cards designed by twelve contemporary artists. Winston Chmielinski, Brian Close, Brian DeGraw, JD Samson, Michael DeSutter, India and Jack, Greg Fox, Brian Paul Lamotte, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Ayako Kurokawa and Akari Endo-Gaut each spent a night at Ace Hotel New York to sketch out the beginnings of their designs. At Ace’s request, Hatori herself got in the mix.

The result is a unique collective take on a 400 year old tradition. Images in the Inoshikacho exhibition are in proportion to actual Hanafuda cards, which themselves measure about 1.2”. x 2”. In addition to the 48 works on display, a limited set of 50 decks have been produced to raise funds for More Trees (Japan).

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Surveillance and Dissent
April 2016

On the occasion of the 8th edition of Seven on Seven, held at the New Museum on May 14, Surveillance and Dissent looks back on a topic that has defined this art-meets-tech event in recent years: government surveillance. 

During the 7th Seven on Seven (2015), Rhizome brought together celebrated artist Ai Weiwei and security researcher Jacob Appelbaum. As both were prohibited from traveling to the United States, they met at Ai's studio in Beijing and produced a sculptural work, Panda to Panda, that was delivered to dissidents around the world. To document their collaboration, Seven on Seven commissioned director Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR) who's resulting short film The Art of Dissent premiered at The New York Times in June 2015. Finally, archival footage of talks and lectures from Seven on Seven explore the broader cultural ripples of the surveillance disclosures.

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March 2016

With DistansyaFilipino American Museum presents recent works by artists of Filipino descent living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Featuring work by Maia Cruz Palileo, Rico J. Reyes, Jaret Vadera and Aldrin Valdez, Distansya is a collection of personal and cultural chronicles which embody and disembody, reveal and obscure, abstract and confound. Works appear visually and figuratively out-of-focus; distant echoes of recorded histories or constructed identities. This is deliberate.

Distansya has been curated by Filipino American Museum — a young, nomadic platform for contemporary Filipino American art, culture and community. The exhibition marks the beginning of a year-long programming initiative between Ace Hotel and FAM called Pulling Focus. Stay tuned for a wide roster of events and exhibits from across the cultural spectrum — with artists, writers, musicians and more all hanging out in our halls.

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February 2016

Presented in the non-traditional exhibition space connecting Ace Hotel New York’s lobby to The John Dory Oyster Bar and Opening Ceremony, Shelflife exists at the intersection of salon, gift shop, hallway, and communal lounge. Artists have been asked to produce works which are not necessarily part of their everyday practice, but that do cater to Shelflife’s specific personality: a mix of the high and the low, of Art and art.

Ladies and gentlemen we’ve got shirts, stickers, and shoes. We’ve got postcards, specimens, jewels, sculptures, bean bags, sconces, toothbrushes, paintings, and ephemera – all presented on custom modular Shelflife furniture sure to appeal to today's savvy consumer.

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Room for One
January 2016

Born at the tail end of the 1970s and raised by television, New York based artist Denise Kupferschmidt's primary understanding of womanhood — and in turn her own body — was mediated by the ubiquitous image of a male-imagined female form, often used for advertising and marketing purposes. Her recent body of work explores the many selves claimed by and projected onto women from a variety of shifting societal perspectives. "Like fashion models, her characters are depersonalized; yet, unlike them, they are not idealized: they are imperfect copies of one another." (Foxy Productions, 2015). 

Denise Kupferschmidt lives and works in New York. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Foxy Production, Joe Sheftel, Eleven Rivington, Nicole Klagsbrun, Tracey Williams, and Lucien Terras (NYC, NY); BAM and Southfirst Gallery (Brooklyn, NY); and in solo shows with Halsey McKay (East Hampton, NY) and Cooper Cole (Toronto, CA). She has published with Nieves Books, Museums Press and The Holster. She co-organized the itinerant group-show series ”Apartment Show,” was included in Modern Painters “100 Artists to Watch” and was a 2010 NADA Emerging Artist. Kupferschmidt studied at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and is represented by Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton, New York.

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Designing Black Power
November 2015 (Annex)

The political rhetoric playing out on social media today, forty years ago, took place in part on the covers of paperback books. The sale of these publications, 99-cents at a time in pharmacies and grocery lines across America, helped shape contemporary discourse and design. With Designing Black Power, a pop-up display curated by Interference Archive, we examine the striking cover of Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton'sBlack Power as one example of such publication. 

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Take Me to Funkytown
November 2015

With Take Me to Funkytown, award-winning photographer Allan Tannenbaum brings a personally-curated selection of his work to Ace Hotel New York. Pulled from his SoHo News archive, this exhibition previews a new collection of rare photos from his newest book Funky But Chic – NYC Style in the 70s (Insight Editions, Fall 2016), as well as some iconic photos from his first collection, New York in the 70s.

Tannenbaum worked as a merchant seaman, taxi driver and bartender before landing his first professional photography position as chief photographer and photo editor of the SoHo Weekly News in 1973. He covered art, music, politics, theater and nightlife in New York City until the newspaper folded in 1982. Tannenbaum later went on to cover national and global stories for Sygma Photo News. Internationally, Tannenbaum has covered the volcanic disaster in Colombia, apartheid in South Africa, the Philippine Revolution, the first Gulf War, the Palestinian Intifada, demonstrations in Korea, the siege of Kabul, German reunification and countless other stories of human triumph and tragedy.

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TV Dinner
October 2015

Ace Hotel New York presents TV Dinner, a two-person exhibition — curated by Anna Schechter and Makiko Wholey in collaboration with Creativity Explored — exploring the role of media, spectacle and popular culture in the work of artists Yukari Sakura and Daniel Green.  Creativity Explored is a dynamic nonprofit art center and gallery where artists with developmental disabilities have been creating, exhibiting and selling their art for over 32 years. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Creativity Explored provides workspace, materials and mentoring by a team of professional artists, and exhibition space and career opportunities for approximately 135 studio artists per year.

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September 2015

Blastosphere: Digital Art Becomes 3D Fashionis a month-long exhibition at The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York that brings together three artists who are exploring and expanding the potential of creating art online. The works – by Alexandra Gorczynski, Miles Peyton, and Tara Sinn – began as commissioned projects for NewHive, a multimedia-publishing platform. From there, each piece was translated into a physical garment that has been encoded with augmented reality. The result is a 3D wearable internet that blurs the lines between art, virtual reality and the tangible world while calling traditional notions of fashion into question.

UntitledVVV by Alexandra Gorczynski combines an art historical cement sculpture with animated rose petals, painterly lines, and photographs of nature, seamlessly blending real and artificial imagery.PartsPartsParts by Miles Peyton provides a digital meeting place for people to contribute to, and assemble, a hive body. Congratulations You’ve Reached the Endby Tara Sinn features a tiny spinning beach ball of death surrounded by RGB-filtered detritus. The title is taken from a line of code in programmer Paul Irish’s “infinity scroll” which appears once a user has scrolled to the end of content.

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Outlooks: Luke Settner
August 2015

Located about an hour north of the George Washington Bridge, Storm King Art Center has greeted guests from around the world with the best in large-scale and site-specific work for over 50 years. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden and H. Peter Stern, Storm King is home to over 100 post-WWII sculptures by the likes of Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi, Mark di Suvero, Maya Lin and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

With Outlooks, Storm King invites emerging or mid-career artists to create temporary works of art specifically for their site. This season, Luke Stettner presentsa,b,moon,d — a series of trenches inspired by archaeological digs and pictorial code as well as original and found photographs and sculptures created onsite from concrete and discarded mobile phones. Experimenting with materials and images related to a,b,moon,d, Stettner has also produced a series of drawings and collaged works on paper for display at The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York.

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Give Me a Pipe and I Will Move/Celebrate the Earth

July 2015

Ace Hotel and MoMA PS1 present COSMO: Give Me a Pipe and I Will Move/Celebrate the Earth. Offering a behind-the-scenes look at COSMO —the water-purifying "movable artifact" designed by 2015’s Young Architect Prize recipients Andres Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation — this exhibition marks the start of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s outdoor music series that brings the best in experimental live music, sound and DJs to Long Island City each summer. Built out of a system of irrigation components — pipes, tanks, hoses and plants — COSMO, designed as both an offline and an online prototype, creates pure, drinkable water while providing a space for discussion on crucial environmental issues. Engineered to filter and purify three thousand gallons of water per four-day cycle, COSMO eliminates suspended particles and nitrates, balances pH and increases levels of dissolved oxygen. The purifying process in turn cools the air beneath the structure. As a result of its complex biochemical design, the structure's plastic mesh glows as water becomes purified.

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The Lower East Side Ecology Center
Artists in Residence

July 2015 (Annex)

The Lower East Side Ecology Center’s Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of unwanted and broken electronics from residents across New York each year, and through their E-Waste Artist-in-Residence program, creates opportunities for artists and designers to breathe new life into a myriad of materials. The program’s inaugural artists, Taezoo Park and Marcela Godoy, have collaborated for a one-month display this July at Ace Hotel New York.

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Selections from the Lesbian Herstory Archives
June 2015

The Lesbian Herstory Archives presents Out/Reach — a selection of newsletters, posters, photos and zines from the largest collection of lesbian materials in the world. Beginning in the early 1950s, and highlighting contributions from the Archives' community of coordinators, volunteers and interns, Out/Reach spans more than 60 years of lesbian history. Each work represents a unique effort by queer women to represent themselves within both their communities and the public sphere.

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Steve Keene: Mass Produced by Hand
May 2015

Presented by Ace Hotel New York and 99U, Mass Produced by Hand displays work by Steve Keene, created in just a few hours live onstage at this year’s 99U Opening Party earlier this month. For our closing party, we're asking the public to help deinstall some 70+ paintings. We provide the screwdriver, you provide the muscle. On a first come, first serve basis guests will be able to select a painting and take it home.

Brooklyn-based painter Steve Keene developed his practice SK Art in 1993. Keene's collaborations with musicians Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing and Merzbow on album art, video sets, stage sets and posters paved the way for more recent exhibitions at Moore College of Art, Rice University, The Museum Ludwig in Cologne, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, The Gulf Coast Museum and more. Keene works constantly, producing full walls of paintings every day. Though one of a kind, each of Keene's paintings is thought of as a part of a single, on-going opus, now many miles long, with individual pieces serving as souvenirs of this enormous work — the event of SK Art.

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Gallery Annex: May 2015

A RISD graduate and recipient of the 2012 MET Museum Costume Institute Accessory Design Award, H E I D I L E E is a NYC-based artist and designer whose hats have featured in VOGUE, V, Visionaire, Dazed & Confused, NYT, The Creators Project, etc. Selected exhibitions include MOSI Museum’s “3D Printing the Future” and MAD Museum’s “MAD Biennial: NYC Makers”. Her clientele range from Anne Hathaway to G-Dragon to Lady Gaga, and we're pleased to show off some of her work in the Gallery Annex for the month of May.

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Tech Aesthetics:
Highlights from Rhizome's Seven on Seven

April 2015

Where does the intersection of art and technology lie? How can artists influence the software we engage with in our everyday lives, and in what ways has technology impacted contemporary art and culture? These are the questions at the heart of Seven on Seven — the flagship conference from the art and tech organization Rhizome, which pairs luminary artists with technologists to make something new in just one day.

The artworks in this exhibition were created by previous Seven on Seven participants. In their work, the artists consider the everyday nature of the once technologically extraordinary, bringing technology and aesthetics into direct conversation. The 7th edition of Seven on Seven will be hosted at the New Museum (235 Bowery) on May 2, 2015.

This exhibition —including works by Michael Bell-Smith, Jeremy Bailey and Kristin Lucas, plus documentation of past Seven on Seven presentations from Ryan Trecartin & David Karp, Taryn Simon & Aaron Swartz, Frances Stark and David Kravitz and more— is organized as part of Rhizome's month-long Seven on Seven residency at Ace Hotel, which also includes Saturday Night DJs. 

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Eyebodega: Prototypes
March 2015 (Annex)

Challenging audiences with experiences that have been described as “post-apocalyptic modernism.”, EyeBodega is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded by Rob Chabebe and Joe Perez which creates work for some of the best publications, musicians, DIY holes-in-walls, and museums we know.

For their month-long installation at Ace Hotel New York, the group will display a new series of vases whose designs have been inspired by freeform drawing exercises and impossible-shapes; vessels which exist simultaneously as physical objects and 3D renderings in abstract virtual landscapes.

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EO1 Beta Showcase:
March 2015 

EO1 Beta Showcase features original works by David DeSandro, Dina Kelberman, and Rick Silva created specifically for Electric Objects’ EO1, a new high definition screen designed to bring art from the Internet into the home. The selection of works —portraits made with code, subtly animated digital sculptures, and colorful computer generated 3D images— together with the EO1 display itself marks an important shift in how we curate and display art in the home. To mark said occasion, Electric Objects issued an open call for artists to experiment and live with an EO1 prototype in their studios, and tasked them to consider a dedicated display in the home as the primary context for their work.

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Ditko! Zine Library
February 2015 (Annex)

From within the depths of Bushwick’s Silent Barn, The Ditko! ‘Zine Library (est. 2007) houses a collection of over 700 ‘zines, mini-comics, and other small press objects curated, sorted, and cataloged with love. Built by a dedicated library staff, the collection is available to the 'Barn's residents, collective members, and patrons by request. Ditko! organizes and curates the twice-annual Paper Jam Small Press Festival (ahem— Sat Feb 7 2015) a free event where emerging small press creators showcase their works and network with complimentary DIY communities.

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Doing Something Big When No One Asks You to Do Something Big
February 2015

Friends of + POOL and Ace Hotel present Doing Something Big When No One Asks You To Do Something Big, an installation of four years' worth of research and development on the world’s first filtered floating pool.

From it’s inception, + POOL has focused on making its science-based process accessible and engaging. Doing Something Big When No One Asks You To Do Something Big features floor to ceiling drawings by the designers of + POOL, depicting the narrative of the project’s process from idea to reified structure. 

An opening reception hosted by + POOL’s founders, board members and Ace Hotel will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 7–9pm. The reception's followed by a mixer for +POOL's Kickstarter supporters in Liberty Hall, located on the lower level of Ace Hotel New York. 

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One Night Only
January 2015

One year ago, 36 artists stormed Ace Hotel New York, prompted with poems, scores, instructions, drawings and scraps. We provided the room, the wine and the charcoal sticks and then got out of the way. What resulted was a body of 24 works — sculptures, linotypes, ephemera, sounds and oyster shells. And we called it 24 BY 36.

Partnering with institutions such as The Museum of Art & DesignTomorrow Lab,Eyebeam Art + Technology CenterPrinted Matter and Flux Factory — we've kept our rooms in the art game ever since. We invite artists of all disciplines to stay every Sunday night and create. By the end of 2014, we'd collected a panoply of work and thought it neigh time to share it with interested parties.

One Night Only is a glance backwards at select works created while hotel rooms become studio spaces, workshops and platforms for cultural engagement. We agree with Richard Avedon when he says, "Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art," and it is in this spirit that we present the work in this exhibition.

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This Justin

Few DJs could adequately represent the last three decades of New York nightclub history —no less do so with such iconic credentials— as Justin Strauss. Tonight we celebrate with Justin on our decks, joined by guests he’s hand-picked, and a special one-night only exhibition of rare memorabilia in our gallery.

Since he was 17, when his first band, Milk 'N' Cookies was signed to Island Records, Justin has had a career that reads like a Who’s-Who of the music scene, spinning at nearly every dance club that you’d ever want to go to.

Especially active in the 70s, Milk 'N' Cookies had a loyal local following and have now achieved considerable cult status for contributions in the area where pop, glam, and proto-punk overlap. This exposure lead to DJ gigs at the legendary Mudd Club, and eventually Justin made his way through The Ritz, Limelight, Area, Tunnel, M.K., Life, Centro Fly and more. His pioneering sound earned him a seat at the table among the most sought-after remixers in the world.  

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November 2014

The Gamelatron is the world's first fully robotic gamelan orchestra, a sound producing kinetic sculpture presented as site-specific installations and standalone artworks. The Gamelatron is modeled after traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan orchestras. It features sets of classic instruments retrofitted with robotic mallets on sculptural mounts. MIDI sequences control robotic striking mechanisms that produce intricately woven rhythmic sound. 

The idea for the project came to conceptual artist and composer Aaron Taylor Kuffnerduring a residency at The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) in early 2008. Working directly with Eric Singer, the construction of the beta Gamelatron was fully realized in September 2008. The beta Gamelatron was later deconstructed and used in the making of two modular touring pieces used in 2010 – 2011. Over the last four years Kuffner has built 17 Gamelatrons of various sizes, instrumentations and intentions. The collection of Gamelatron works is shown in diverse settings around the globe, ranging from museums to retreat centers, spas, private homes, unique public spaces, educational institutions, cultural centers, and at exceptional events.

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Public Access: Selections from Pure Vision Arts
October 2014

Everyone loves an autodidactic genius. Dedicated, sometimes to the point of compulsion, they exercise a raw talent that suggests new ways of seeing. Once successful, we turn to the self-taught for their fashionable rejection of higher education. Do it yourself, they say. Bill Gates dropped out. Hemingway? He did it himself.

It's all very romantic, but for many devoted, self-taught artists, there's a significant accessibility gap — artists who have difficulty with traditional verbal or written communication, who occupy a place on the neurological spectrum that includes Aspergers, cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome. These constraints can impede on an artist’s ability to partake in the more market-driven aspects of the art world, placing them outside gallery walls. But this isn't "outsider" art — this is art by self-taught artists, exploring themes through a specialized lens. 

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John Rombola: Local Artist
September 2014

The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York teams with the 99U Conference to present Local Artist, an exhibition of works by artist John Rombola. Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Rombola's creative career has inconspicuously paralleled the likes of Andy Warhol, Saul Steinberg and Ben Shahn. Local Artist travels back a half-century to revisit Rombola’s bustling commuter-scenes, playful robotic figures and depictions of high-style beach days.

Rombola's last solo show was in 1972 and his most recent studio visit — with Henry Geldzahler — was 20 years ago. Despite having works published in LIFE, Horizon, Idea-Japan, Holiday and Town & Country, being Included in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum in Washington D.C. and the New York Historical Society, John's works are still largely unknown by the public. For the past two decades, he’s retreated into his art, working diligently at his modest kitchen studio in Brooklyn, surrounded by pink walls and wallpaper of his own design, and quietly documenting the evolving architecture, people and fashions of the city with razor-sharp whimsy.

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Due North: Storm King Art Center
August 2014

Ace Hotel New York invites you to take a trip to Storm King Art Center. For the month of August, we’re proudly displaying contemporary works on loan from the 500-acre institution — peeks at two special exhibitions on view in 2014: Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition and Outlooks: Virginia Overtonas well as short video interviews and installation footage.

Located about an hour north of the George Washington Bridge, Storm King Art Center has greeted guests from around the world with the best in large-scale and site-specific work for over 50 years. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden and H. Peter Stern, Storm King is home to over 100 post-WWII sculptures by the likes of Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi, Mark di Suvero, Maya Lin and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

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MoMA PS1: Warm Up Platforms
July 2014

Ace Hotel New York and MoMA PS1 are proud to announce Warm Up Platforms, an exhibition celebrating the artists who set the stage for MoMA PS1's annual summer music series, Warm Up. The display here provides a closer look at the design strategies of three studios --The Principals, Fort Makers, and CONFETTISYSTEM.

Now in its 4th year, MoMA PS1's Warm Up stage design initiative supports inventive NYC makers by inviting them to create performance environments inspired by Warm Up's sonic experimentation and dynamic energy. In the tradition of MoMA PS1's history as an alternative space, these installations offer opportunities for art in unexpected places, inclusive of all museum surfaces, acting as platforms for emerging design talent. 

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Cody Hoyt: Slab Results
May 2014

Cody Hoyt's glazed and marbled planters combine Japanese Nerikomi contrast-color techniques with geometric designs fit for a Bucky Fuller home. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, hand crafted statement that plays with intention Vs incident.

Hoyt employs ceramic multiples and drawings on paper as tools in his process-oriented investigations of classic studio-based problem solving. Paired down and with a focus on form / surface, the work sustains a formal complexity while reasoning with reductive, minimalist notions. 

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April 2014

Internet Aware is an overview of artistic practices that engage with technology after the Internet. The exhibition features four contemporary artists drawn from the archives of Rhizome, an Internet-based organization that supports art engaged with technology. 

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Art Video Games in China
March 2014

Art Video Games in China is an investigation into works by Chinese game designers that attempt to break the norms and subvert the mainstream narratives of the Chinese video game industry through works focused on personal expression and values.

At the invitation of Ace Hotel New York, works curated by Bryan Ma will be installed into playable upright arcade cabinets designed by Babycastles featuring bold, one-of-a-kind paint jobs by local New York artists.

Presented by Ace Hotel New York & Babycastles with support from The Armory Show.

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Park & Parcel:
Watercolor Paintings by Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder
February 2014

During the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s recent move to new offices, some custodians of culture at Ace Hotel and Mad. Sq. Art, while looking through the park’s archives, came across a small parcel containing beautiful aerial-view watercolors of the park.

Created in early 2013 by Brooklyn-based artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, the works - rarely seen by the public - were originally produced in conjunction with the duo’s installation of a walk-in camera obscura in Madison Square Park. With both the camera obscura and these works, viewers are presented with a new way of viewing one of New York’s most historic neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the naming of Madison Square – the site of Madison Square Park – and 200 years of sustaining public life in a changing city.

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Everything In Between:
Works by Scott Albrecht
January 2014

Scott Albrecht was born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in Bethlehem Township, NJ. In 2003, he received a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Albrecht is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. His work incorporates elements of woodworking, hand-drawn typography and geometric collage using vintage printed ephemera and found objects.


Wildlife: Morgan Blair
December 2013

Morgan Blair's brightly colored, hard edged amorphous forms and patterns suggest hypothetical scenarios in which personal and pop culture references interbreed to form optical absurdities. In this solo exhibition at Ace Hotel New York, site-specific murals are paired with recent paintings. Blair's recent works have appeared city-wide, from the pages of the New York Times to the awning of Silent Barn, on skate decks and recently, on a cement mixing truck in collaboration with Andrea Bergart. Blair earned a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and is based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Le Maglie
November 2013

Le Maglie or “The Sweaters” celebrates mid-century Italian cycling apparel. This collection of wool racing jerseys was chosen both in honor of the racers who wore them as they flew down European roads, and for the virtues of their influential designs and construction.

Le Maglie is a small window into a golden era of cycling, and to a story that is still unfolding in the streets and showrooms of the world’s cities. Le Maglie is a collaboration between Victory, the quarterly journal of sports and culture, the sportswear brand No Mas, and the archive of Amarcord Vintage Fashion.

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L.A.N.D. Lovers
October 2013

LAND Lovers is a fan-curated celebration of the LAND Studio & Gallery — one of the creative programs founded by the League Education and Treatment Center — which generates and showcases the art of our adults with developmental disabilities. The first of its kind in Brooklyn, LAND Gallery was created to give adults the opportunity to express their creativity and to be recognized as talented artists. Spanning the last decade, this exhibition features works by Rudy Bansraj, Carlo Daleo, Garrol Gayden, JB, Kenya Hanley and Michael Pellew.

The League Education and Treatment Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and internationally recognized agency for evaluation, treatment and education of children and adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities, treating over 500 at-risk and underserved children and adults from all parts of the greater New York City area daily.

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Not Pictured / Before My Time / Images Coming Soon / Etc:
i-D Magazine: The Covers
, September 2013 (production)
MoMA PS1 Warm Up: The CODA Party Wall, July 2013  (production)
Current Issues: The Gay Blade, June 2013