While working at Ace Hotel New York, I founded Ace AIR, the brand’s Artists in Residence program. I oversaw the curation, documentation and promotion of the program until leaving Ace Hotel in January of 2019, and during that time helped host hundreds artists in partnership with dozens of local cultural organizations.
The program was very straight forward and had few rules: Artists got a small stipend, a night at the hotel, a meal and were asked to do whatever they wanted so long as it didn’t harm other guests or damage hotel property. Artists took that looseness and filled rooms with mylar balloons, broadcasted psychedelic videos, painted oyster shells, collected beach glass, slept, hired 3rd parties to produce work on their behalf, wrote poems, collected recipes, wrote and recording music, drafted short stories, played solitaire and more. All that stuff, I think is still in storage boxes somewhere at the NYC hotel –call ‘em up an ask =)
Hosted 300+ artists
Went “On Tour” with Printed Matter to host 40 artists nation-wide and in London
Became 4th organic search result for “Artists in Residence” (Google, 2018)
Resulted in sister AIR programs launching at other Ace locations
Turned unused spaces into art-making spaces, every Sunday for 5+ years.
Curatorial partners, Jan 2014-March 2019:
Fountain House, January 2019; Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, December 2018; Nordic International Film Fest, November 2018; Refinery 29, October 2018; Brad Troemel, September 2018; Artiphon, August 2018; Distributed Web of Care, July 2018; D’hana Perry, June 2018; Giphy, May 2018; Children's' Museum of Art, April 2018; Tug Rice and VOLTA, March 2018; Sea Dog Theatre, February 2018; National Sawdust, January 2018; Rashaad Newsome, November 2017; SI Maker Space, October 2017; Printed Matter, September 2017; Ashley Robicheaux, August 2017; Kimberly Klark Gallery, July 2017; Teen Art Salon, June 2017; Discwoman, May 2017; Trax Records, April 2017; ITP (NYU), March 2017; Penumbra Foundation, February 2017; Bronx Art Space, January 2017; Faust, December 2016; Printed Matter, November 2016; Friends Records, October 2016; Printed Matter, September 2016; Puppy Teeth Records, August 2016; Undo Magazine, July 2016; Filipino American Museum, June 2016; LAND Gallery, May 2016; McSweeney's, April 2016; Joshua Caleb Weibley, March 2016; BuzzFeed, February 2016; Topical Cream, January 2016; Opening Ceremony, December 2015; Residencies Unlimited, November 2015; Lady Boss, October 2015; AUNTS, September 2015; Oyster Books, August 2015; bitforms gallery, July 2015; BHQFU, June 2015; Materials for the Arts, May 2015; n+1, April 2015; Plus 81, March 2015; Northern Spy Records, February 2015; Deer Dana, January 2015; 24 BY 36 (Ace Hotel), January 2015; WORD Bookstores, December 2014; PlayLab, November 2014; Flux Factory, October 2014; Printed Matter, September 2014; Tumblr, August 2014; Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, July 2014; Tomorrow Lab, June 2014; The Museum of Art and Design, May 2014; 24 BY 36 (Ace Hotel), January 2014
Artists / groups who participated in Ace AIR, Jan 2014-March 2019:
Abbie Winters, Louisa Cannell & Elsa Jenna, Adam Dugas, Adam Villacin, Alexandra Bell, Alexis Georgopoulos & Frank Lyon, Alexis Mendoza, Alexis Taylor, Alissia Melka-Teichroew and Jan Habraken, Allen Riley & Matthew Underwood, Alli Miller, Allyson Paty, Alva Calymayor, Alyson Vega, Amanda B. Friedman & William McMillin, Amirtha Kidambi & Peter Evans, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Angela Rogers, Ann Lewis (gilf!) / Sylvia Dean Ventiko / Tara Aisha Willis / Karl Scholz / Adams Stark, April Camlin, Archie Lee Coates IV & Jeff Franklin, Ari Melenciano, Ariel Dill, Ashley Ford, Ashley Robicheaux, Ashley Teamer, Ashok Kondabolu (Dapwell), Ayden Grout, Bearcat (Kerrie Ann Murphy), Beto Shwafaty, BISHI, Blackmama Whitemama, BOYS FOREVER, Brad Troemel, Brandon Brown, Bryan Kasenic and Seze Devres, Caleb Hawley, Cali Thornhill DeWitt, Carabella Sands, Carlo Daleo, Carolina Penafiel, Caroline Caldwell, Caroline Paquita, Carrie Morrissey, Catherine Cohen, Chang Liu, Chaya Babu, Chelsea Hodson and May-Lan Tan, Chelsea Hogue, Chihiro Shimizu, Chris Blue / Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste / Daria Faïn / niv Acosta / Shantelle Jackson, Chris Day, Christen Clifford / Amy Khoshbin and Michael Clemow / Sophie Sotsky and Greta Hartenstein, Christiaan Bastiaans, Christian Joy, Christina Lee, Christopher Lineberry, Christopher Schulz, Chuck Hettinger, Colby Bird, Colene Blanchet, Colin Self, Colleen O’Connor, Confection, Ltd., Corey Camperchioli, Corianton Hale, Cynthia Alberto, D'hana Perry, Dana Veraldi , Danielle Cohen, Danniel Schoonebeek, Daren Ho & Antonia Kuo, David Helbich, Dawn Kim, Dayna Tortorici, DB Lampman, Deji Olukotun, Denise Kupferschmitdt, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Dennis Witkin, Devon Ma, Dewey Saunders, Ditko! Zine Library, DJ Abby, DJ Haram (Zubeyda Akil), Doreen St. Felix, Durga Chew-Bose, E.E. Ikeler, Ed Panar, Edie Fake, Ekene Ijeoma, Elliot Salazar & Isabel Castillo Guijarro, Emily Perina, Emma Hazen, Emma Kohlmann, Emmanuel Iduma, Erin Sheehy, Esperanza Cortés, Esther Wang, Eustace Pilgrim , Eva Lee & Evelyn Zhang, Eve Fowler, FCKNLZ (Grant Worth), Food Core Klub (Thu Tran and Sandra Chi), Francis Bitonti, Garrett Morrin, Georgina Arroyo, Gil Lopez, Gina Apostol, Glendalys Medina, Haley Mlotek, Haley Rice, Halmos, Hannah Giorgis, Heather Benjamin, ikumi, Ivan Gaete, Jachary, James Evans, James Hannaham, James Parker, Jamilla Okubo, Janet Sung & Seeta Kanhai, Jason Evans, Jason Polan, JD Samson, Jeffrey Cheung, Jen Shear, Jenn Schiffer, Jenni Hensler, Jeremy Toussant-Baptiste, Jessica Lynne, Johanna Boccardo, John Booth, John Keene, John Moloney (Caught on Tape, Sunburned), Jojo Samuels & Sean Ryan Pierce, Jolene Lupo, Jonathan Gardenhire, Joon Oluchi Lee and Roddy Schrock, Jordan Nassar, Josh Bartky, Joshua Caleb Weibley & Masha Vlasova, Julia Kaganskiy, Julia Sinelnikova, Julie Sygiel, Julika Rudelius, Justin Frye (PC Worship), Kaitlin Phillips, Kandis Williams, Karen Mackay, Kashana Cauley, Kate Gardiner, Kate Gavino, Katie Shima, Kenzo Minami, Keren Cytter, Kevin Driscoll, Kirsten McNally, Kiyan Williams, Kristina Wilson, Kunal Gupta / Thu Tran, Kyle Bravo, Kyle Quinn, Lætitia Tamko, Laina Dawes, Laura Anne Walker, Lazy Mom, Leah Beeferman & Carey Denniston, Leanne Shapton, Lesley Flanigan & Steven Reker, Lexie Mountain, Lillian Wilkie, Linda Hang, Lisa Elmaleh, Lissa Rivera and BJ, Lizzi Bougatsos, Lonely Old Bitcoin Miner, Luisa Opalesky, Luna Doherty-Ryoke, Lunifred Benjamin, Lydia Cambron, LydIa Ricci, Lyndsy Welgos, Mallory Heyer, Manuela Viera-Gallo, Margot Werner, Marina Zurkow, Marta Maleck, Martine Workman, Masanao Hirayama, Matt Murphy, Matt Romein, Matt Sukkar, Matthew Giordano, Matthew Keff, Maximillian Piras, Meguru Yamaguchi, Melinda Melmoth, Melissa Cantanese , Mengxin Li, Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins / Felicia Ballos and Jean Brennan (Collective Settlement) / Kirsten Schnittker / , Michael Rees, Michael Russnak, Michelle Lopez, Miho Hatori, Mikael Kennedy, Mindy Seu, Mira Moore, Molly Rapp, Morgan Blair + Nick Kuszyk, Morgan Parker, Myasia Dowdell, NA, Naima Freitas / Alan Young, Nancy Quin, Natti Vogel, Nicole Reber, Niela Orr, Nightcoregirl, NOWORK / Pierre Le Hors, Olivia Perez, Patrick Higgins, Patrick Lee, Patrick Rosal, Paul Anthony Smith, Paul Knight, Paul La Farge, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Paul Pfeiffer, Phillip Birch, Phyllis Ophelia, PK Worryshop (Porter & Kaila), Queer Art + Technology, Quinn Wilke, R. Luke DuBois, Rahawa Haile, Rahm Silverglade, Rashaad Newsome, Rebecca Lieberman, Opening Ceremony staff, Riley Gallagher, Rob Corradetti, Robert Grand, Rodney Hazard, Roger Jones, Rosana Caban, Ryan Humphrey, Ryder Ripps, Sabekst, Sam Himself, Samantha Quick, Sara Hornbacher, Sarah Galvin, Sarah McCarry, Scott Van Campen, Sea Dog Theater, Seth Bogart, Setsuko, Shani Jamilla, Shannon Finnegan, Shaun Flynn, Shelly Oria, Shilpa Ray, Shungaboy (Michi Yamaguchi), Tomás Whitmore, Sister Sister (Trevor Powers and Annie Sollinger), Skylar Fein, Smell: Amaris Modesto, Sonya Cohen, Sophia Le Fraga, Sophie Barrett-Kahn (use "Sophie Kahn" for press), Sophie Jennis, Sound: Jarrett Wetherell, Stefan Marx, Stephanie Gray, Stephanie Lin, Stephen Cooper (Cloud Becomes Your Hand), Stephen Grebinski, Stephen Miguel Decker, Steven Miller, Sto Len & Asha Man, Stuart Matz, Stuart Matz, Sue Smith, Sun You, Suzi Analogue, Tamara Santibañez, Taste: Jaquy Yngvason, Ted McGrath, Tom O'Brien, Tomi Obaro, Touch: Jérôme LaMaar, Tracy Candido, Tug Rice, Tyler Stone + VA, Victoria Siemer, Vince Peterson, Will Owen, William Powhida, Yael Kanarek, Yulan Grant, Zach Fredman, Zack Davis, Rebecca Simon?, Zulu Padilla, and Zut Alors!