We asked McSweeney’s to curate five artists for April. They came back with six, and the sixth was Leanne Shapton —so they kinda had us right where they wanted us. Leanne came by with her young one, Tomi, and together they made colorful prints by dipping pickles and cheese from our room service menu in paint:
Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, artist, author and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Shapton has interned and worked for many great institutions and individuals: SNL, Harper’s Magazine, James McMullan, the National Post, Elle magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more. In 2006 she published Was She Pretty?, and in 2009, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry, both with Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Her illustrated books, The Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies were published with Drawn & Quarterly in 2010 and 2013. In 2012 Shapton published Swimming Studies with Blue Rider Press. It won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for autobiography. Shapton recently published the bestseller Women In Clothes with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits, in September 2014. Her first children’s book, Toys Talking, will come out in May 2016.
Ace AIR this April is curated by McSweeney’s —a publishing company based in San Francisco. As well as operating a daily humor website, it publishes Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Believer, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints.
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.