The Week in Art: New Museum Goes Next Gen, Dia Fall Night
There is never a dull moment in the New York art world.
Though it may seem that Armory Week and Frieze Week get all the action, the reality is that there is never a dull moment in the New York art world. From the East Side to the West Side (and, in the summer, out on Long Island’s East End), there’s always something happening at the city’s museums, galleries, and various event spaces. Here’s a rundown of this week’s highlights.
Dia Fall Night
Over 400 guests were on hand to fete Robert Morris at the Dia gala on November 6, including artists Matthew Barney, Urs Fischer, Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Trevor Paglen, and Mickalene Thomas.
In addition to its gala with cocktail hour and a seated dinner from chef Olivier Cheng, Dia also welcomed the crowd to take a first look at Japanese Mono-ha artist Kishio Suga’s first solo US museum exhibition and the first US presentation in a decade of Hanne Darboven’s “Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880–1983).”
The New Museum’s 2016 “Next Generation” Dinner at Chinese Tuxedo
Sarah Arison, Fabiola Beracasa, Jen Brill, and Massimiliano Gioni hosted the New Museum’s Next Generation dinner on November 4, welcoming guests to a brand new Chinese restaurant with a unique history as a former opera house.
A new series of work by Kerstin Bratsch created to benefit the museum served as a stunning backdrop to guests including Tali Lenox, Gavin Brown, Cecilia Alemani, and Tiffany Zabludowicz.
LaToya Ruby Frazier was the night’s honoree. “It is a little bit of self-congratulation because we showed her early on,” Gioni told artnet News, referring to Frazier’s inclusion in the museum’s 2009 “Younger Than Jesus” triennial.
“We honor her because her work has acted as a moral compass over the years,” he added, noting that the institution would love to mount a solo show of Frazier’s work, but the Brooklyn Museum “beat us to it.”
The Met Apollo Circle Young Friends of the Met Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Some 1,000 young supporters of the Met gathered at the atmospheric Temple of Dendur on November 9. In attendance was painter Katherine Bernhardt, who projected Egyptian-inspired artworks on the walls as guests danced to music provided by Grandmaster Flash.
Dinner in Memory of Steven Ames at Sotheby’s
On November 6, Sotheby’s honored the late art collector and patron Steven Ames with a dinner catered by Indochine. The auction house is selling Ames’s collection at its upcoming Contemporary Art Evening & Day Auctions on November 17 and 18. Guests dined amid some 80 works on display in the pre-sale exhibition, “The Triumph of Painting. Steven & Ann Ames Collection.” The auction will include works by Gerhard Richter, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Robert Ryman, Sigmar Polke, and Anselm Kiefer.
Opening of “On the Inside” at the Abrons Art Center
Organized by Tatiana von Furstenberg, this group show features the work of LGBTQ artists who are currently incarcerated. There to celebrate the opening were Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, and Salman Rushdie, among others.
The exhibition aims to highlight the plight of a marginalized community, and to foster compassion for individuals behind bars. Visitors are able to send messages of support to the artists via texts, which will be transcribed and sent through the mail.
Swiss Institute Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction at Williamsburgh Savings Bank
The Swiss Institute celebrated its 30th anniversary by honoring former longtime institution board chair Fabienne Abrecht with its special anniversary award, and honored gallerist Eva Presenhuber with the 2016 SI Award.
+POOL Gala at the Standard Highline Biergarten
One of New York’s most ambitious projects, the planned +POOL in the Hudson River of Kickstarter fame, was feted on November 7 at a dinner and cocktail reception with ping pong and temporary tattoos. Cindy Sherman, although not in attendance, was the honorary chair.
Kickstarter founders Charles Adler, Perry Chen, and Yancey Strickler were honored, and +POOL board member Joshua David, the co-founder of the High Line, called for guests to believe in the possibilities of the pool. The High Line, he said, is an example of “what can happen when idealistic, determined citizens rally around a dream,” and he credited optimistic backers of projects like + POOL with helping turn “the seemingly impossible visions we share into a reality.”
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