Now Accepting Reservations: Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota Opens October 15

The First Of Two Four Seasons Locations In The Colombian Capital Re-Introduces An Esteemed Hotel As A Signature Four Seasons Experience

Casa Medina, long the favorite of the city’s power players and an international clientele ranging from rock stars to heads of state and a beloved landmark, now begins a new chapter in its storied history with the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá (Avenida Carrera 7 #69a-22, Bogota, D.C. Colombia, +(57-1) 325 7900, http://www.fourseasons.com/bogotacm/) on October 15, 2015. Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota will be the brand’s first opening in the Colombian capital, to be followed by Four Seasons Hotel Bogota in early 2016.Four-Seasons-Hotels-and-Resorts-Logo

Originally built in 1946, Casa Medina was the creative vision of artist and architect Santiago Medina Mejia, who was born in Medellin and educated in Paris in the early part of the 20th century. Salvaging architectural treasures from the recently demolished colonial convents of San Agustin and Santo Domingo, he brought stone columns, flooring and hand-carved wooden doors to the building he planned as an exclusive enclave of beautifully appointed apartments. He personally oversaw the crafting of intricate wrought iron details to enhance the historic elements.

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

In 1984, Casa Medina was designated for its architectural heritage. In 1988, the building was restored and transformed into the Hotel Casa Medina Bogota, which quickly established itself among the city’s power elite and international travelers of note. Now under new ownership, Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota is now accepting reservation for its early October opening.

I am among those who remember Casa Medina fondly, so it’s both an honor and a pleasure to reintroduce this very special hotel as a signature Four Seasons experience,” says General Manager Luis Argote, who leads a team that includes many familiar faces who look forward to welcoming return guests and proudly showing off their city’s charms to a new generation of visitors. “If you haven’t been to the city in a while, it’s an opportunity to rediscover Bogota in new ways, and if you’ve never been here before, now is the time.

Bogota, Columbia

Bogota, Columbia (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

Situated 2,621 meters (8,600 feet) above sea level, Bogota continues to re-invent itself. The cicloviá – when city streets banish cars in favor of cyclists and pedestrians – originated in Bogota decades ago and has since been adopted by urban centers around the world. The Jardín Botánico José Celestino Mutis (or Botanical Garden) highlights the city’s 5,200 parks (yes, 5,200!), and hikers needn’t go far to find plenty of open space, with the climb up Monserrate offering a particularly rewarding view of the city and surrounding Andes Mountains from 3,152 meters (10,341 feet). the Jardín Botánico José Celestino Mutis collects and displays the flora of all the regions of Colombia, from Andes to Amazon, including endangered species, xeric plants and thousands of orchids.

Looking toward the Usaquen area of capital city of Bogota, Colombia, in South America from the heights of La Calera at sunset time.  The setting sun hits the buildings both tall and small at an oblique angle.  The road that can be seen in the foreground is Carrera Septima; it is congested because offices have just closed.  To the left of the photo is some smog. In the distance, are the Andes Mountains.  Horizontal format; copy space.

Looking toward the Usaquen area of capital city of Bogota, Colombia, in South America from the heights of La Calera at sunset time. The setting sun hits the buildings both tall and small at an oblique angle. The road that can be seen in the foreground is Carrera Septima; it is congested because offices have just closed. To the left of the photo is some smog. In the distance, are the Andes Mountains. Horizontal format; copy space. (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

Bogota is the gateway to both commerce and growing tourism in Colombia. Nearly one-third of the country’s domestic companies are headquartered in this modern city of skyscrapers. Yet the capital also reflects its colonial past, most evident in the charming streetscapes of the old town known as La Candelaria.

The city’s many cultural institutions, theater, music and film festivals, as well as the cultural sophistication of its people (Bogotanians), have earned it the nickname “Athens of South America.” In recent years, UNESCO selected it both as a City of Books and a City of Music – and not merely for the sound of the native Colombian cumbia. As Colombia produces more than half the world’s emeralds, Bogotá might also be called “Emerald City.”

The Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco), located in La Candelaria, remains one of the oldest churches in Bogotá.

The Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco), located in La Candelaria, remains one of the oldest churches in Bogotá. (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

La Candelaria

La Candelaria (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

An emerging food scene has re-christened an area of the city Zona G – for Gastronomy – near the financial and commercial core, where Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina is also located. Since pre-Hispanic times, art has always been important to local culture as seen in the city’s many historic churches and the spectacular Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), and today it’s exemplified in the internationally-renowned Museo Botero featuring Colombia’s own Fernando Botero as well as many other artists. Juxtaposition with the city’s highly developed graffiti culture vividly illustrates the many facets of modern Bogota.

For elegant romance by candlelight or the very best table for a high-powered business lunch, the Zona G is the place to eat in Bogotá. Whatever your taste, choice after choice in five-star dining waits side by side within just a few blocks. The Zona Rosa, and especially the Zona T at its core, is not only where it all happens for Bogotá nightlife, but where the chic come for upscale shopping – including centers such as the exclusive El Retiro – and every flavor of top restaurants. No country in the world produces more high-quality emeralds than Colombia, and the International Emerald Museum, a small private museum, gives visitors a glimpse into their production and beauty. An added perk: bird’s-eye views of Bogotá from the 23rd floor of the tower.

With its cobbled streets and 17th-century villas, the neighborhood of Usaquén is a picturesque setting for its lively Usaquén Sunday Market. Peruse the colorful stalls, bargain for handicrafts with local artisans, and watch street performers. Colonials began constructing the Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco), located in La Candelaria in 1557. It remains one of the oldest churches in Bogotá. On your visit, take in its 17th-century interior, magnificent altar and mysterious statue of Christ.

Careful restoration of the residential-style hotel has retained the French and Spanish-influenced design details of artist and architect Santiago Medina Mejia’s original 1946 building, while technologies have been fully updated and modern luxuries added for today’s most discerning travelers and local guests. Sixty-two rooms and suites – no two alike – have been beautifully redecorated taking advantage of unique features such as fireplaces or beamed ceilings.

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota Front Desk

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota Front Desk (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota Hotel Entrance. (All Images provided by The  Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota Hotel Entrance. (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

 Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá - Hotel Staircase (All Images provided by The  Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá – Hotel Staircase (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

An all-new dining concept will also be unveiled upon opening: Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas, named for the traditional hand-held percussion instruments also known as castanets. With a wood-burning grill and Spanish tiles inside and a broad terrace beneath a new glass atrium outside, Castanyoles will serve a Spanish-influenced menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, as well as offer gourmet items and Colombian coffee to go. With most seating in a new, naturally-lit courtyard with glass atrium as well as a covered outdoor terrace, this new concept promised to be a favorite of the city’s power elite as well as visiting dignitaries, executives and celebrities. The 16-seat private dining room is ideal for intimate celebrations, family dinners and business meetings.

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá's Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas will serve a Spanish-influenced menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, as well as offer gourmet items and Colombian coffee to go.

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá‘s Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas will serve a Spanish-influenced menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, as well as offer gourmet items and Colombian coffee to go. (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá's Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas, with most seating in a new, naturally-lit courtyard with glass atrium as well as a covered outdoor terrace, this new concept promised to be a favorite of the city’s power elite as well as visiting dignitaries, executives and celebrities.

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá‘s Castanyoles Raciones y Tapas, with most seating in a new, naturally-lit courtyard with glass atrium as well as a covered outdoor terrace, this new concept promised to be a favorite of the city’s power elite as well as visiting dignitaries, executives and celebrities. (All Images provided by The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá)

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Art News: Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art

November 07, 2015–March 20, 2016

Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Bauhaus Staircase

Lele Saveri (Italian, born 1980). The Newsstand. 2013-14. Mixed medium installation, approximately 11 ft. 4 7/8″ x 11 ft. 8″ x 9 ft. 9″ (347.7 x 355.6 x 297.2 cm) overall. Courtesy the artist. ©2015 Lele Saveri

Lele Saveri (Italian, born 1980). The Newsstand. 2013-14. Mixed medium installation, approximately 11 ft. 4 7/8″ x 11 ft. 8″ x 9 ft. 9″ (347.7 x 355.6 x 297.2 cm) overall. Courtesy the artist. ©2015 Lele Saveri

New Photography, MoMA’s longstanding exhibition series of recent work in photography and a vital manifestation of the Museum’s contemporary program, will return this fall in an expanded, biannual format. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, New Photography is expanding to 19 artists and artist collectives from 14 countries, and includes works made specifically for this exhibition. Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 will be on view throughout the entirety of the Museum’s Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, as well as The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby and the Museum’s Bauhaus Staircase.

Katharina Gaenssler (German, born 1974). Model for Bauhaus Staircase. 2015. Site-specific photo installation (work in progress). Laser prints and wall paper paste, 12′ 5″ × 32″ (378.5 × 975.4 cm). © Katharina Gaenssler and Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, Germany

Katharina Gaenssler (German, born 1974). Model for Bauhaus Staircase. 2015. Site-specific photo installation (work in progress). Laser prints and wall paper paste, 12′ 5″ × 32″ (378.5 × 975.4 cm). © Katharina Gaenssler and Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, Germany

Since its inception in 1985, the New Photography series has introduced the work of nearly 100 artists from around the globe early in their careers, including Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Rachel Harrison, and Wolfgang Tillmans. This year’s edition explores contemporary photo-based culture, specifically focusing on connectivity, the circulation of images, information networks, and communication models.

John Houck (American, born 1977). Copper Mountain. 2014. Pigmented inkjet print, 22 × 27″ (55.9 × 68.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Photography Council Fund. ©2015 John Houck

John Houck (American, born 1977). Copper Mountain. 2014. Pigmented inkjet print, 22 × 27″ (55.9 × 68.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Photography Council Fund. ©2015 John Houck

Natalie Czech (German, born 1976). A Poem by Repetition by Allen Ginsberg. 2013. Three chromogenic color prints, three frames, museum glass, overall 55 3/16 × 96″ (140.1 × 243.9 cm). Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin and Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf. © 2015 Natalie Czech/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Natalie Czech (German, born 1976). A Poem by Repetition by Allen Ginsberg. 2013. Three chromogenic color prints, three frames, museum glass, overall 55 3/16 × 96″ (140.1 × 243.9 cm). Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin and Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf. © 2015 Natalie Czech/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Ilit Azoulay (Israeli, born 1972). Shifting Degrees of Certainty (detail). 2014. Installation view Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. Pigmented inkjet prints, individually framed, 8′ 3″ × 29′ 7″ (251.5 × 901.7 cm) overall. Courtesy the artist, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv.. ©2015 Ilit Azoulay

Ilit Azoulay (Israeli, born 1972). Shifting Degrees of Certainty (detail). 2014. Installation view Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. Pigmented inkjet prints, individually framed, 8′ 3″ × 29′ 7″ (251.5 × 901.7 cm) overall. Courtesy the artist, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv.. ©2015 Ilit Azoulay

Probing the effects of an image-based post-Internet reality, Ocean of Images examines various ways of experiencing the world: through images that are born digitally, made with scanners or lenses in the studio or the real world, presented as still or moving pictures, distributed as zines, morphed into three-dimensional objects, or remixed online. The exhibition’s title refers to the Internet as a vortex of images, a site of piracy, and a system of networks, which is reflected in the work of the 19 included artists and collectives. Ocean of Images presents new and recent bodies of work that critically redefine photography as a field of experimentation and intellectual inquiry, where digital and analog, virtual and real dimensions cross over. Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, MoMA will also launch an online platform housing the live archive of the New Photography series, featuring documents and images from its history.

Anouk Kruithof (Dutch, b. 1981). Subconscious Travelling (detail). 2013. Installation view Het Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, 2013. Installation of 99 photo stickers and 5 pieces of coloured glass, each 9 1/16 × 7 1/16″ (23 × 18 cm). Photo credit: Dennis Guzzo. Art © 2015 Anouk Kruithof

Anouk Kruithof (Dutch, b. 1981). Subconscious Travelling (detail). 2013. Installation view Het Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, 2013. Installation of 99 photo stickers and 5 pieces of coloured glass, each 9 1/16 × 7 1/16″ (23 × 18 cm). Photo credit: Dennis Guzzo. Art © 2015 Anouk Kruithof

Basim Magdy (Egyptian, born 1977). The Hollow Desire to Populate Imaginary Cities. 2014. Installation view Art in General, New York. 30 chromogenic color prints from chemically altered slides on metallic paper, each 13 3/8 × 20 1/16″ (34 × 51 cm). Photo: Charles Benton. Commissioned by Art in General, New York and HOME, Manchester, U.K. ©2015 Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy (Egyptian, born 1977). The Hollow Desire to Populate Imaginary Cities. 2014. Installation view Art in General, New York. 30 chromogenic color prints from chemically altered slides on metallic paper, each 13 3/8 × 20 1/16″ (34 × 51 cm). Photo: Charles Benton. Commissioned by Art in General, New York and HOME, Manchester, U.K. ©2015 Basim Magdy

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: lokai Announces Official Partnership With Susan G. Komen®

Lifestyle Accessory Company Launches A Limited-Edition Pink Bracelet In Honor Of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

lokai is proud to announce its official partnership with Susan G. Komen®. The #lokaihero campaign officially kicks off October 1st, in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. lokai is proud to partner with Komen, an organization funding more research than any other private non-profit outside the U.S. government, and providing real-time assistance and support to women and families going through breast cancer.

lokai creates meaningful, socially responsible, lifestyle accessories that represent the importance of finding balance along life’s journey. Cornell University Cum Laude Graduate, Steven Izen, founded the company in 2013, on the heels of a deeply emotional and transformative experience. Realizing that life is a cycle of highs and lows, he grew to appreciate the importance of remaining both humble and hopeful. The company infuses its trademark bracelets with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on Earth – water from Mt. Everest and mud from

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the Dead Sea. The lokai lifestyle is devoted to finding balance, sharing success during life’s peaks and gaining perspective during lows. lokai supports this message by donating 10% of their net profit to various charitable organizations. Since launching, lokai is sold in over 160 countries.

Joining the crusade to save lives and end breast cancer forever, lokai has created a limited-edition pink bracelet to benefit Susan G. Komen®. Through October 31st, 2015, lokai will donate $1 to Komen for every pink lokai sold, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000. The limited-edition pink lokai bracelet represents a multifaceted breast cancer awareness initiative intended to support Komen’s mission.

The limited-edition pink bracelets will be sold onsite through a lokai truck stationed at Race for the Cure® events in four select cities which include Orange County, CA, on September 27th, Little Rock, AR, on October 10th, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 17th and New Orleans, LA, on October 24th. The bracelets will be sold online as well at www.mylokai.com, only on Race days, before officially going on sale beginning October 1stOctober 31st.


As an official partner of the Susan G. Komen and multi-Race sponsor of Race for the Cure®, lokai is honored to have been chosen to create a special limited-edition pink lokai bracelet,” said Steven Izen, Founder and CEO of lokai. “lokai’s inspirational bracelet is devoted to finding balance, sharing success during life’s peaks and gaining perspective during lows, making this collaboration a perfect fit. We are proud to say that we have already raised more than $400,000 for Susan G. Komen®, surpassing our $250K promise and bringing us nearly halfway to reaching our $1M goal.”

To further raise awareness for Susan G. Komen®, lokai encourages supporters to Instagram a photo that answers the question “Who is your lokai hero during National Breast Cancer Awareness

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Month?” tagging @livelokai, and @susangkomen, and by using the hashtags #livelokai and #lokaihero.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.


We are delighted to be partnering with lokai,” said Dr. Judy Salerno, Komen President and CEO. “Their fashionable pink bracelets are bringing breast cancer awareness to people of all ages and walks of life. With more than 230,000 cases of breast cancer being diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone, programs like lokai’s play a critical role in helping us fund research, support women, men and families in communities across the country, and help us move toward a world where no woman will have to worry about breast cancer.

For additional information on lokai’s official partnership with Susan G. Komen®, please visit the lokai page on Komen’s website:http://ww5.komen.org/lokai/. Please visit www.mylokai.com for more information.

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