November 15th marked another memorable night for the Whitney Museum of American Art, which held their annual The Whitney Art Party from 9:00pm – 12:30am. The event brought art lovers ranging from editors, entrepreneurs, models, and designers to art-world insiders, stylists, musicians, and young philanthropists together for a night of celebration. Up-and-coming artists had the opportunity to display their work at this prestigious event. The evening’s featured artists included, Jayson Musson, Ian Cheng, Ben Coonley, Alex da Corte, Aidan Koch, Virginia Overton, and MPA. Exhibit highlights were Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, RED IN VIEW, and Virginia Overton: Winter Garden. MPA’s installation RED IN VIEW was active, with Mariana Valencia and Lydia Okrent preforming the piece. Also featured was a limited edition print of Aiden Koch’s Dreamlands. Proceeds of the gala benefited the Whitney’s Independent Study Program and other education initiatives supported by the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Festive attired attendees included, Co-Chairs Karlie Kloss, Common, Brandon Maxwell, Micaela Erlanger, and Michael Carl, Whitney Contemporaries Co-Chairs, Flora Irving, Joey Lico, Patrick McGregor, as well as the Whitney’s Director Adam D. Weinberg and Chief Curator Scott Rothkopf. The Whitney Contemporaries were joined by notable guests including: Christina Ricci, Virgil Abloh, Jason Biggs, Georgina Bloomberg, Derek Blasberg, Hari Nef, Jon Neidich, Harley Viera Newton, Casey Spooner, Timo Weiland, Heron Preston, Nate Lowman, Chuck Close, Victor Cruz, and Karrueche Tran.
Guests celebrated and admired new artwork while listening to three distinguished DJ sets. First to DJ was DJ Mia Moretti, who has played recent gigs for Chelsea Clinton during Hillary Clinton’s recent presidential campaign. Neo-soul duo Lion Babe took over the dance floor from there. Lion Babe is known for their single “Treat Me Like Fire” which put them on the music radar. Closing the night was Questlove who is best known as the drummer from Grammy Award-winning band, The Roots. The Roots are the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The Whitney Museum of Art is one of the World’s most dedicated supporters and influencers of United States modern and contemporary art. Opening in 1931 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum has upheld it’s mission statement “to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States.” The museum holds an impressive collection of the best American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.