Last night, the Whitney Contemporaries hosted the 2012 WHITNEY ART PARTY sponsored by Theory and Saks Fifth Avenue at Skylight Soho. Honorary Co-Chairs Olivier Theyskens, Denise Incandela and Bettina Prentice (dressed in Theory), Event Co-Chairs Mark Amadei, Maggie Betts (dressed in Theory), Tom Dunn and Whitney Trustee Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo celebrated with guests Kate Bosworth (dressed in Theory) and Michael Polish, Michelle Kwan, Chuck Close, Charlotte Ronson, Lauren Santo Domingo, Brooke and Daniel Neidich, Jon Neidich, Tom Sachs, Mario Sorrenti, Marco Brambilla, Sanford Biggers, Derek Blasberg, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Terence Koh and Garrick Gott, Allison and Warren Kanders, Aimee Mullins (dressed in Theory), Dr. Lisa Airan, Andrew Bevan, Aurelien Gallet, Ryam Humphrey, Stephanie LaCava, Monique Péan, Sean Avery, Lubov Azaria, Chadwick Bell, Thakoon Panichgul, Kipton Cronkite, Abigail DeVille, Carlton DeWoody, Kyle DeWoody, Stacy Engman, Erin Fetherston, Kate Foley, Jessica Gersh, Tim Goossens, Caroline Hoffman, Kyleigh Kuhn, Kevin Kollenda, Elizabeth Kurpis, Karla Martinez, Claude Morais, Tinsley Mortimer, Meredith Ostrom, Maria Petrovskaya, Polina Proshkina, Lauren Remington Platt, Charles Rockefeller, Gianvito Rossi, Gabe Saporta, Manish Vora and Uma Wang, as well as auction artists Tom Burr, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Amit Greenberg, Duncan Hannah, K8 Hardy, Joseph Heidecker, Adam Henry, Sarah Kurz, Nancy Lorenz, Burton Machen, Maynard Monrow, Shelter Serra, Max Snow and Lorna Williams enjoyed food from Acme and THE LION as well as cocktails by Belvedere Vodka and Chandon.
Highlighting the event were performances by Iona Rozeal Brown and Kalup Linzy, who collaborated with Kreëmart to produce A Memorial for Taiwan, a multimedia performance celebrating the life of Taiwan, one of the artist’s longstanding alter egos in his nearly ten year repetoire of video art. The artist and his band performed a series of his original compositions as well as some by noted artists, Whitney Houston and Otis Redding.
The annual Whitney Art Party, hosted by the Whitney Contemporaries, the Museum’s dynamic committee of young collectors and art enthusiasts, attracted more than 1,000 art lovers from the worlds of culture, fashion and entertainment. The 2012 Art Party, and its silent auction featuring dozens of works by contemporary artists, made possible by the support of Theory and Saks Fifth Avenue, raised critical funds to support the Whitney’s Independent Study Program.