Midtown, New York City

24 BY 36 is 36 artists producing 24 works overnight at Ace Hotel.
12 solo artists and 12 collaborative duos hotel-camping in New York.

We’ve invited a handful of artists to storm the castle, prompted with poems, scores, instructions, drawings, and scraps. We provide the room, the bottle of wine and the foundation-year-style Art Bin full of charcoal sticks and kneaded erasers. And then we get out of their way.

It kicked off last week with a collaborative effort by Sto and his invited accomplice Asha Man. The two laid down a tarp, made an altar, installed tons of small works around said altar, got nude, body-painted, evoked some spirits and in the end, made us a drawing. 

Tonight we’re posting up with JD Samson

Everyone has a hotel story. The hotel is a universal and identifiable symbol with extraordinary purpose. A space that combines the private and public realms, it is intimately connected to a rich history of social and cultural change. Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, up for its last day today at the Vancouver Art Gallery, charts the evolution of the hotel from an isolated and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world, elucidating its prominence in the public consciousness and reflecting the nature of the hotel itself: engaging, innovative, provocative, ephemeral, a laboratory of modern life. We’ve hung a shingle there — come see us if you’re in town.

Our friend and frequent visitor at Ace Hotel New York, Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales invited us down Delaware to hang out. He showed us around his brewery in Milton, and his pub in Rahoboth Beach. After schooling us on beer with multiple tastings of both fan-based homebrew and seasonal Dogfish Head beers, we continued to climb up the company’s tree house for a tasting of the new cedar spiked gin. We finished the evening with a meal at the Brewings & Eats Pub before laying out head in the Dogfish Head suite at the Inn at Canal Square.

Sam and his team share a passion for living life well, taking their craft seriously and with passion, and allowing for life’s other joys to fuel their craft: music, travel, art, food, family and friends. They like to keep things off-center, and practice Beer & Benevolence. We’re stoked to have Sam as a friend and look forward to exploring the world through his beer goggles.

If you haven’t seen his new show Brewmasters on The Discovery Channel, check it out tonight at 8pm EST.

Hotel facade in Paris, adorned with Beth Ditto’s likeness.

Hotel facade in Paris, adorned with Beth Ditto’s likeness.

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