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Inherent Vice-inspired art at Ace Hotel

David Ehrlich

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice has been widely described as the ultimate stoner noir, but that (accurate) summation doesn't do justice to how the movie doubles as a time machine. The first big-screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel and one of our favorite movies of 2014Inherent Vice so completely transports you back to the doped-up patchouli bonfire that was Gordita Beach, California, circa 1970, that it doesn't even matter that Gordita Beach isn't a real place.

So it makes a certain kind of sense that Warner Bros., the studio distributing Inherent Vice, has found a way to keep the high going beyond the movie theater—without the risk of a cop kicking down your door. Starting tonight and running through January 11, Ace Hotel will be hosting an immersive gallery exhibition that celebrates the unique flavor of PTA's film. Hosted at the hotel's Liberty Hall and put together by artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, the show is set to feature a variety of vintage and found objects (bongs?), ephemera (bongs?), art (drawings of bongs?) and props (bongs). The mind reels trying to imagine the kind of things this movie might inspire them to put on display, but the sample they've shown promises that they'll be no shortage of sights to see. There's no word yet on snacks, but we've got our fingers crossed for some chocolate-covered bananas.

And just to sweeten the pot, anyone who books a room at the hotel between now and Sunday will receive a limited edition vinyl of Jonny Greenwood's excellent Inherent Vice score, which might be enough to justify an impromptu staycation. Just make sure to reserve a room on a smoking floor. Hours of the exhibit are noon to 8pm.


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