Artwork ‘Hotel’ Offers Overnight Stay in Frieze New York Tent

Al's Grand Hotel ad.
Al's Grand Hotel ad.

If you can’t get enough of Frieze New York during fair hours, you might want to considering booking a room at Al’s Grand Hotel, a recreation of Allen Ruppersberg’s hotel-as-artwork that had a six-week run on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard in 1971.

Part of Frieze Projects, the Randall’s Island hotel has been curated by Cecilia Alemani, director of the High Line’s art programming, in collaboration with Los Angeles–based art space Public Fiction. The installation contains two rooms: the $350 Jesus Room and the $375-a-night Bridal Suite (dinner and breakfast are included, and beer is available for purchase). Check in at 6:45 p.m. and be on your way by 10 the next morning. (Daytime visitors will be able to get a peek.)

Al's Grand Hotel sign. Photo: courtesy Allan Ruppersberg.

Al’s Grand Hotel sign. Photo: courtesy Allan Ruppersberg.

Guests will be able to watch hotel-themed movies, like 1932’s Grand Hotel, starring Greta Garbo, but security guards will be on hand to prevent them from reliving Night at the Museum fantasies of running amok amid a tent full of priceless art.

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