Art is as much a part of The James experience as modern luxury. And at the heart of it is The Public Art Fund, an organization that brings dynamic contemporary art to New York City’s public with free outdoor exhibits. Anyone can enjoy works created by internationally-renowned artists, bringing fine art to the forefront of NYC to inspire all.

The Public Art Fund has been responsible for high-profile projects like Rob Pruitt’s ”The Andy Monument” and Jeff Koons’ “Split-Rocker”, and The James shares the same affinity towards public art through our #arratthejames and #jamespublicart programs.

Most recently, The James New York  commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Paul Wackers to create an original public art mural for the hotel’s 6th Avenue façade entitled “Slow Dance and the Daylight.”  A new public art display is also in the works at The James Chicago with more details coming soon this spring

Guests, locals, and passersby are invited to engage with pieces, sharing photos captured in front of our public art installations via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #jamespublicart for a chance to be featured on

And, here’s a list of current and upcoming events to see by The Public Art Fund:

How to Work Better
This is a readymade piece by Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012) that has been hand-painted on a building on Houston Street at the corner of Mott Street in Lower Manhattan. It is also the title of the artist’s concurrent retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Click for details.

Two Orchids
Isa Genzken highlights the orchid. Once a rare and exotic flower, the orchid has become one of the world’s most ubiquitous indoor plants. Two Orchids heralds the entrance to Central Park in voluptuous full flower, its pristine white petals free from any blemishes. It stands as an idealized, colossal version of the familiar plant: a civic monument to the perfect orchid, now the chosen ornament of contemporary culture. Click for details.

The Truth is I See You
This piece is a part of Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas’ ongoing series that explores the nature of truth and understanding across cultures. Using the phrases of a poem written in collaboration with artist Ryan Alexiev, the core of the exhibition is a new series of comic book-inspired speech balloon signs that feature universal statements about truth in 22 of the many languages spoken in Brooklyn. The Truth Booth will also be present – a mobile video recording booth, which invites the public to complete the statement “The truth is…” from their own perspectives. Click for details.