Art week: Ja Rule at the Watermill Center
While it may seem like Armory Week and Frieze Week are packed with 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, Long Island’s East End), there’s always something going on at the city’s museums, galleries, and various event spaces. And, as it did this week, with the Aspen Art Museum hosting its annual Aspen ArtCrush festivities, the wider American art scene offers plenty of action as well.
Here’s a look at the highlights from this week.
23rd Annual Summer Benefit and Watermill Center Auction
Perhaps the most anticipated artistic celebration of the summer, the annual Watermill Gala drew a trendy crowd on July 30. The occasion featured a wide range of installations and performances, as well as cocktails, dinner and an auction led by Simon de Pury.
With As we die, a major group of installations hosted by the Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF), a disparaging Donald Trump play from Pussy Riot and a post-dinner performance by Ja Rule, the absence of a promised appearance by Kanye West has to barely noticed by the evening’s guests, which included artist Orlan, writer Bob Colacello and National Arts Club curator Stacy Engman,
WineCrush at Aspen ArtCrush
Amy and John Phelan kicked off the 2016 edition of Aspen ArtCrush with a private dinner at their home on August 3. with cyclist Lance Armstrong, director of the Aspen art museum Heidi Zuckerman, Amy Cappellazzo of Sotheby’s and collectors Domenico and Eleanore De Sole.
New Museum Celebrates Year-End NEW INC Showcase Public Beta
On July 29, the New Museum welcomed guests for a party celebrating “Public Beta,” an exhibition showcasing the work of members of NEW INC, the institution’s non-profit incubator for art, design and technology.
Crowds in the Sky Room and on the terrace of the new museum have been in awe of innovative projects like the Office Park Totem, which aims to eliminate annoying on-screen notifications in favor of small geometric objects that convey information through ambient light, bright, for example, at the start of a scheduled appointment.
Technology played into the festivities of the party, with a collaborative performance by Lisa Park who created a symphony by tracking participants’ heartbeats with sensors. Even the signature cocktails jumped into the action, served to guests in Flirting Goblets, glasses fitted with feathered kinetic devices as part of a performance by HE + HU.
Instagram Crawl Art Gallery hosted by Robin Cembalest
Social media influencer Robin Cembalest gave a select group of art-loving Instagramers a tour of the Chelsea Gallery stage on August 3. At each of the stops along the way, which included Cheim & Read, Pace Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery, either Cembalest or the gallery director accompanied the guests through the exhibition.
In addition to taking photos on their smartphones, guests were able to experience Lomography USA’s Polaroid-esque instant cameras.
The event was the inaugural release of the new Americano hotel lounge series and ended with a happy hour at the hotel bar with cocktails like ‘Grown Up Lemonade’ and small plates from Chef Kevin Chun .
Thomas Moran Trust Mid-Summer Benefit Cocktail in East Hampton
Today’s strong art scene on Long Island’s South Fork has its roots in Thomas Moran and Mary Nimmo Moran, who built the area’s first artist studio in 1884, according to the Thomas Moran Trust.
The organization’s annual summer fundraising party, held on July 29, celebrated the final stages of the restoration of the historic property and offered guests a glimpse of the grounds, outbuildings and studio.
Additional reporting by Cristina Cruz and Neha Jambhekar.
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