Last night, on Oct. 8, Examiner.com was on the scene for the SculptureCenter Benefit Gala at the Edison Ballroom. The evening honored artist Fred Wilson and curator Susanne Ghez. Mary Ceruti and artist Dahn Vo gave remarks during the dinner. The evening also featured a performance by Korakrit Arunanondchai, onsite sculptural work by Anicka Yi of 2NE1 and new limited edition works by artists Michael DeLucia, Nikolas Gambaroff, and Valerie Snobeck were introduced during the benefit.
Fred Wilson has created site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. His work encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.
"I didn't expect to be so choked up by what Mary said...After all these years of working with the Sculpture Center and knowing Mary for all those years, it made me understand why I'm such a weird artist, where I need to make art but I also have this need to be a part of a community to make things better for artists and by extension the rest of the world and it all kind of coalesced in my mind here, I felt the love," Wilson told Examiner.com at the after-party.
So what's next for Wilson? "I have a big show at Pace coming up in the Spring, I don't know the date, but it's work I have been working on for several years, it's shown in Paris, it's shown in London, actually a lot of it has been collected by the Tate. I had a big show in Cleveland recently and San Francisco and now it's going to be in New York. It's been on the road, so it's coming up, I'm very excited about it. It's new work, things that people haven't seen in mediums that people don't necessarily know me for, so I'm very excited about it," he shared.
Vanity Projects had a pop-up salon, which featured nail designs inspired by SculptureCenter. It was awesome meeting founder Rita De Alencar Pinto, who has assembled a top team or nail artists from around the world, who work on A-listers like Tyra Banks, Pharrell, Fabolous and Emily B to name a few. During fashion week, Pinto and her team worked on shows like Alice+Olivia and Helmut Lang. The nail art is so creative and stunning. At their salon, you can watch video art programmed by guest curators. Another highlight of the after-party was the Karaoke! Guests sang their hearts out to tracks like "Stay" by Rihanna and this reporter sang "Party in the USA," by Miley Cyrus.
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a leading international arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. Located in Long Island City, New York, SculptureCenter commissions new works and presents exhibitions by emerging and established, national and international artists.