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Opening Party – Minjae Kim’s Arbiter’s Corner – Ace Artist in Residence

  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Saturday May 18, 2024
  • Gallery | Ace Hotel Brooklyn
  • Free

Join us for the opening party of Arbiter’s Corner, an installation by Minjae Kim for Ace Artist in Residence, presented in partnership with Fort Makers. There will be art, drinks and all are welcome! 

Exhibition on view: May – July | Opening Reception: Saturday May 18 – 7 to 10pm


— The Exhibition

Ace Hotel Brooklyn welcomes internationally-recognized, multidisciplinary artist Minjae Kim as the fourth and final artist to be a part of its Artist in Residence (AIR) program for the season. Seoul-born and New York-based Minjae Kim’s work has existed at the intersections of interiors, furniture, sculpture, and painting. Reflecting both Korean and western typologies, Minjae’ work explores meaning, place, and a fusion of ideas that predict playfulness and seduce through functionality. 

Throughout the month of April, Minjae resides at Ace Hotel Brooklyn, conceptualizing, sketching and creating his piece for his exhibition. Inspired by the current state of the world, the central artwork is an intimate peek at a chess game in progress, exploring ideas of accessibility as it relates to conflict.



MINJAE KIM is a Seoul-born, New York-based artist, whose furniture practice predicts playfulness, seduces through functionality and brings a given viewer-user into tactile devotion. From his predictive bodily impressions carved into wood and the anthropomorphic sensibility of his forms, to the idiosyncratic silhouettes of his quilted fiberglass vessels, Kim insists on the invitation to actuate form and produce generative artistic meaning through materiality and touch.

FORT MAKERS is a New York City-based studio with a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary art, furniture, stage and product design. FORT MAKERS offers unique collections of furniture, lighting and accessories, as well as artist collaborations, design partnerships, stage and interiors. Through connecting creatives across disciplinary boundaries and searching for a curated commonality in their practices, FORT MAKERS creates atmospheres for participants to discover the unexpected. FORT MAKERS was founded by Nana Spears, Noah Spencer and Naomi Clark in 2008.

Ace Hotel’s Artist in Residence program is the embodiment of our deep conviction that artists deliver us a critical lens through which to understand the world and ourselves. On a quarterly basis, and curated in partnership with creative collectives and art institutions that inspire us, we invite artists across the globe to turn one of our hotel rooms into their studio for a month. Given time and space to create, the artist’s resultant body of work is then exhibited or showcased at Ace and shared with the public.

Boerum Hill Design Night: To celebrate the burgeoning design scene in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood and Atlantic Ave corridor, local shops, galleries and design destinations in the area will open their doors for special events, launches and openings the evening of Saturday, May 18th in celebration of New York’s annual design festival, NYCxDesign. Participants include Ace Hotel Brooklyn, Assembly Line, Outline, Picture Room, Porta and The Primary Essentials, who will all welcome the design community and members of the public alike for this special evening of events.

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