In the fall of 2009, Ace Hotel New York teamed up with Massify and Killer Films to launch a project supporting emerging filmmakers. We courted short vignettes that used Ace NYC as their background (or foreground). The winning films would be “original, concise narratives that are intelligent, artful, and comedic.” Maya Kazan shot just such a film, and placed as one of the selected filmmakers to shoot a longer project at the hotel. Massify sat down with Maya to ask her about her film, herself, and working with the Ace NYC team. Here are some pictures from her shoot for “Lulu at the Ace Hotel.”
We joined our friends at Levi’s and Converse for SXSW and created a very special VIP area for performers. A room from Ace Palm Springs sprung up in the Levi’s Fader Fort where the bands hung out while Will Bryant customized their Converse kicks.
Photos top to bottom: Ace PSP at the Levi’s FADER Fort, Will Bryant customizing Converse for Ace founder Alex Calderwood, Alex with Andrew and Andrew, Alex with Jason Thome of Converse, Levi’s FADER Fort.
"Think about this, the built environment, in a way as a picture of a world, and we being part of that picture."
A lot can happen in a week. Since we announced our collaboration with Event Horizon last Friday, the exhibition has been fully unveiled. Quite literally. 31 casts of the artist’s body stand vulnerably exposed on rooftops, corners, and perches throughout the Flatiron District. You’re not alone if you’ve almost been hit by a bike messenger while pausing to look up at a shadowy sentinel on the skyline.
And we’ve received our first entries for the photo & video contest - learn more about the contest and our special package for the event here. Check back weekly to vote on new entries and see winners on our Gormley page. Send us your entries to win some hot swag.
Also, stay tuned for our analog contest with an exciting collaborator and very special prizes.
The Art of Exchange: Crafting Community at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
We’re looking forward to spending a weekend in April with artist Karen Kimmel and her friends making art and eating fireside s’mores at Ace Palm Springs. The Art of Exchange is a two day, two night artist retreat for kids and families with interactive workshops, activities, projects, Saturday movie night with popcorn, and the aforementioned s’mores (which we’re obviously feeling pretty casual about). Karen and friends — including Clare Crespo, who made the diorama in the lobby — will guide art projects like potato prints, miniature gardens, macramé, dioramas, and knitting, with a focus on the reuse and repurposing of natural materials. You can also just do your own thing, hang out by the pool, and explore. Community activities will include a poolside barbecue, Sunday brunch, and some communal dining with a special menu for families.
There’s a special package for the event that includes all workshops, projects, and group activities, and a Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies. See more about visiting daily just for activities here.
Karen’s handmade trivets and Kimmel Kids totes and coloring books are also sold exclusively through the Community Shop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
Douglas Kelley is our friend. He’s been sharing his DKS List to clue us in on the best weekly art openings in New York. Every week, we’ll share his special picks for Ace Hotel with you. Look for an updated list on Wednesdays, and let us know what you think of some of these shows.
THE BRUCENNIAL: The five wild, anonymous men who are the Bruce High Quality Foundation are on fire, with a parody version of the Whitney Biennial, being presented in a 5,000 square foot space at 350 West Broadway, 6pm-1am.
Friday 26 February
A super good party with performances by artists, “A New Breed,” curated by Ian Daniel, at Exit Art, 475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street, $5-$20 pay as you wish. 8pm-1am (you can hit galleries before you make it to the party).