New York, N.Y., 22 February 2012: Jumeirah Essex House has announced it will return as the VIP Hotel Sponsor of The Armory Show. This marks the fifth year of the landmark hotel’s partnership with the internationally acclaimed art fair, which has served as a cornerstone of the property’s prominent Art Program since its inception in 2006 and is part of Jumeirah’s global Culturally Connected platform, supporting creative communities worldwide. Jumeirah Essex House will serve as the official hotel for guests of The Armory Show including artists, VIPs, collectors, art dealers and curators as well as a wide range of cultural tourists who travel to New York expressly to attend The Armory Show and enjoy the city’s Armory Arts Week.
Located in the heart of New York’s cultural centre and at the base of Central Park, Jumeirah Essex House has long been collaborating with art institutions and businesses as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the diversity of innovative expression and to promoting outstanding artists. In celebration of The Armory Show and the international art contingent it draws, Jumeirah Essex House will debut a special exhibition of Brazilian photographs, in association with 1500 Gallery of New York, the first gallery in the world with an explicit focus on Brazilian photography.
On view through the spring, and open to the public inside the hotel’s Gallery at South Gate, the exhibition will feature contemporary and vintage works by some of Brazil’s most exciting photographers, from established artists such as Claudio Edinger and Antonio Augusto Fontes, to emerging artists such as Bruno Cals. The exhibition will include a range of thematic approaches and styles that reveal the richness and diversity of this group of photographers, while showcasing the majesty and magic of their common subject – Brazil.
Jumeirah Essex House is also pleased to provide visitors to New York during Armory Arts Week with a special Armory Show Room Package now available for booking for guest stays March 8 through 12, 2012, including:
- 10% off room rates at the iconic Jumeirah Essex House
- Two complimentary tickets to The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94
- Complimentary Armory Show catalogue
- 20% off breakfast at the South Gate Gallery
- Complimentary late-check out, based on availability
- Hotel Art Tour led by Jumeirah Essex House curator Katherine Gass, by appointment
For more information, including rates and availability, visit the Jumeirah Essex House website or call 212-484-5100.
About the Culturally Connected Arts and Culture Platform
Jumeirah’s Stay Different™ promise delivers imaginative and exhilarating experiences in culturally connected environments offering thoughtful and generous service. Through our global Culturally Connected arts and culture platform, we support creative communities in ways that offer our guests exciting new experiences, while fostering new opportunities for artists and providing a bridge for ideas and people within the hotel environment. Jumeirah Essex House launched its art program in 2006 under Jumeirah curator Katherine Gass with an active Artist-in-Residence Program and Lobby Exhibition that celebrates the hotel’s prime location at the foot of majestic Central Park while honoring its historic tagline, “Always In Touch with The Park, Never Out of Touch with The City!”
About Jumeirah Essex House
This historic New York City hotel, with a coveted Central Park address, is ideally located in the heart of Manhattan. Jumeirah Essex House is part of the Dubai-based international hospitality group, and sister to the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab. Features of the hotel include breathtaking views, outstanding dining and unrivalled conference and banqueting facilities. South Gate, the hotel’s spectacular Tony Chi-designed restaurant featuring renowned chef Kerry Heffernan, has received rave reviews from customers and critics alike. Jumeirah Essex House has been recognized as “North America’s Leading Business Hotel” and “United States” Leading Business Hotel” by the World Travel Awards for 2009, 2010, and 2011. The hotel was also ranked “Best Hotel in the Eastern United States” in Global Traveler Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 GT Tested Awards. Additionally, South Gate has received top reviews from MICHELIN Guide and Zagat Survey in 2010 and 2011.
About Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.
About 1500 Gallery
1500 Gallery is located in New York City's West Chelsea gallery district and specializes in Brazilian photographs – the first gallery in the world with this explicit focus. 1500 represents several of the most recognized Brazilian art photographers, both emerging and established, with works present in major collections in Brazil and worldwide. 8 of 1500's photographers are present in the Sao Paulo Museum of Art's collection of photography. 1500 was founded in 2010 by Alexandre Bueno de Moraes and Andrew S. Klug.
About The Armory Show
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Armory Show is re-establishing itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. The 2012 edition will feature an international roster of exciting, leading galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, a lively opening night party at MoMA, the eclectic and engaging Open Forum program with major art- world figures, Armory Film, a series featuring an international selection of leading contemporary video and experimental films curated by Moving Image, and Armory Arts Week in partnership with New York's top cultural institutions. This year's Armory Show will feature the work of the 2012 Commissioned Artist Theaster Gates and the vibrant art of the Nordic Countries in Armory Focus. The Armory Show has engaged award-winning, New York-based architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox to redesign The Armory Show, creating a more comfortable, luxurious experience, including a new "farm-to-table" restaurant and cafe by Great Performances. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.thearmoryshow.com