On May 3, 2017, The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel and curator Katherine Gass hosted a cocktail party celebrating The Beekman Art Collection. Guests including Tony Arcabascio, Cheryl Dunn, Logan Horne, Antonio Di Oronzo, Lolita Cros, Casey Kelbaugh, Manuela Paz, Doreen Remen, and Enrico Marone Cinzano, previewed a special pop-up exhibition, curated by Gass, including pieces to be featured only in luxury suites and guest rooms, in addition to works installed around the hotel, including three site-specific artworks newly commissioned from artists Jane Hammond, Patrick Jacobs and Cathy Cone.
The Beekman Art Collection features over 60 original paintings, photographs, prints, works on paper, and sculptures by nearly twenty known and emerging international and American artists, many from the Manhattan’s downtown area. The collection playfully references the many veils of rich and distinctive history inherent in The Beekman hotel, its historic site, and its local environment. Some ideas represented through the artwork are the early lush natural landscape of lower Manhattan and its parks and waterways, the site’s rich literary history when it housed the Clinton Hall, “Newspaper Row” and was the host of many famed Romantic Period writers, and to the fertile Industrialist era when the building was erected (1883, the year the Brooklyn Bridge was opened).
“The collection’s theme is inspired by the spirit of the 19th century writers like Poe, who frequented the Mercantile Library Association when it was located in the Clinton Hall and the building’s beautiful Queen Anne architecture, and is infused with a sense of magical realism that alludes to the City Hall Park and the East River.” says Gass.
Demonstrating its commitment to the cultural community, The Beekman will continue to host on-going events and collaborations with art and cultural partners.