During a night’s stay at Ace Hotel DTLA, Kandis Williams created a black + white reader titled Culture of Fuccboi. The final PDF is comprised of notebook and book scans, plus photos of drawings on bedsheets.
Kandis Williams produces large-scale black and white collages that track a deeply personal on-going exploration of the philosophical constructs of difference as it manifests in structural racism, nationalism, authority and governance, eroticism, and violence. Using the mechanics of collage as a deliberate metaphor for violence, Williams makes repetitive and idiosyncratic forms, fitted from content around specific incidents of sociological chaos. Her works are often set against monochromatic gradients, suggestive of deep space and the occurrence of these incidents over time, compounding a horror and fascination with both physical and ideological difference. Williams implicates both herself and the audience in the intoxication of commodity-fetishism, dramatizing the mind’s struggle for truth in moral judgment.
An Artists in Residence program sprang up at our New York property in 2014 and this year, we’re taking the concept on tour with our friends at Printed Matter, Inc. 40 Years / 40 Nights celebrates the institution’s 40th year by showcasing a new crop of 40 artists from around the world across 2016.
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501©(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications. If in NYC, you can visit Printed Matter, Inc. itself at 231 11th Avenue. You can support Printed Matter in their 40th year by becoming a member today.
Ace Hotel | September 22, 2023
Launched last year, FUNCTION is a Toronto-based platform for everything Ballroom: culture, stories, events and education. Recently, they brought Ballroom royalty through our doors for our collaborative “Class of ’23” sessions, an ongoing series centering sexual health, community and movement. We gathered monthly to talk about history, sex ed and the courageous creative expression of voguing, as led by four of Ballroom's most influential figures. Tears, cheers, breakthrough moments on the floor — the effects of FUNCTION remind us how alive and how staggeringly inextricable sweetness and pain can feel. Here, FUNCTION lays down five pillars of Ballroom.
Ace Hotel | September 19, 2023
Imagine you’re seated at a kitchen table. Around it, an amalgam of the wisest leaders in food, spanning both time and place — Africa, New Orleans, Rome, beyond — are gathered. It’s here they’ve come to share wisdom, family recipes and sage advice; insight as to they got started; where they find joy; the one recipe they’d share if they had to pick; and how to cook like Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, whose kitchen ran exclusively on the vibrations of intuition. Chef and writer Klancy Miller generously offers readers a place at that proverbial table in her latest book, “For The Culture: Phenomenal Black Women and Femmes in Food: Interviews, Inspiration, and Recipes.”
Ace Hotel | August 28, 2023
Michael is the head honcho at Efficient Space, the Melbourne-based record label responsible for outfitting Ace Sydney with a treasure trove of a vinyl library and for archiving and re-releasing obscure, ahead-of-its-time Australian music. At Efficient Space, the mission isn’t burn fast but bright, but rather driven by the careful, occasionally tedious and always time-consuming work of preservation. “Most of the projects we’re uncovering maybe wouldn't happen if we didn’t instigate it, and that’s the motivation,” Michael says.