One of the hottest parties this month was the Whitney Gala & Studio Party hosted by The Whitney Museum of American Art. Originally scheduled to take place at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 on October 30th, the annual events were postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and moved uptown to the Whitney Museum.
Whitney Director Adam D. Weinberg and honorary co-chairs Pamella Roland, Allison Kanders, Amy Phelan and Lizzie Tisch honored philanthropist and photography champion Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla for her commitment to the museum. Guests, including Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Daniel Arsham, Nigel & Crissy Barker, Klaus Biesenbach, Neil & Leslie Bluhm, Mary Boone, Lori Chemla, Richard Chang, Amy Fine Collins, Dori Cooperman, Steven & Nancy Crown, Melissa Chu, Donna De Salvo, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Fairfax Dorn, Candia Fisher, Carter Foster, Glenn & Amanda Fuhrman, Pam Goergen, Thelma Golden, Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Zani Guglemann, Jane Holzer, Robert Hurst, J. Alexander, Warren Kanders, Glenn Ligon, Leonard Lauder, Max Levai, Richard Levine, Jay Manuel, Richard Marshall, Paul Morris, Alex Mustonen, Daniel & Brooke Neidich, Tony Oursler, Anne Pasternak, Dogan Perese, John Phelan, Scott Rothkopf, Andres Serrano & Irina Movmyga, Lorna Simpson, Mike Starn, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Elisabeth Sussman, Jonathan Tisch, Laurie Tisch, Thomas Tuft, Robert Verdi, and Fred Wilson, enjoyed cocktails by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and dinner.
Amy Phelan, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Crissy Barker, Amy Fine Collins, Pam Goergen and Brooke Neidich were a few of the notables who wore Pamella Roland to the event.
Dinner guests joined Studio Party co-chairs Michael Avedon, Kyle DeWoody, Jon Neidich and guests, including Hannah Bronfman, Lo Bosworth, Bethanie Brady, Alexandra Chemla, Alison Chemla, Amit Greenberg, Peter Davis, Adam Green, Ryan Humphrey, Daisy Johnson, KAWS, Charlotte Kidd, Jeremy Kost, Suzanna Lee, Bruno Levy, Justin Lowe, Liz Magic, Aimee Mullins, Takoon Panichgul, Polina Proshkina, Olga Rei & Valentine Uhovski, Iona Rozeal Brown, Matt Spangler, Phoebe & Annette Stephens, Monica & Peter Tessler, Manish Vora, Timo Weiland, Jordan Wolfson and iO Wright, to enjoy DJ sets by Nate Lowman with Sennennes.
After dinner, guests enjoyed cocktails and created their own art using the interactive Microsoft screens surrounding the dance floor. Studio Party attendees were able to experience Microsoft’s new Windows 8 through interactive tablets and screens found surrounding the dance floor. A 55” touchscreen featured the new Fresh Paint app, capturing guests attention and allowing them to create their own virtual art within the walls of the Whitney. Additionally, a photobooth allowed guests to take photos that would then be displayed in the living gallery installation, created out of Surface tablets.
While its vibrant program of exhibitions and events continues uptown, the Whitney is constructing a new building, designed by Renzo Piano, in downtown Manhattan. Located at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets in the Meatpacking District, at the southern entrance to the High Line, the new building, which has generated immense momentum and support, will enable the Whitney to vastly increase the size and scope of its exhibition and programming space. Ground was broken on the new building in May 2011, and it is scheduled to open to the public in 2015.