June 6, 2012

2012 Annual Whitney Art Party and Auction

Last night, Interview joined Kate Bosworth, Michelle Kwan, Chuck Close, Charlotte Ronson, Lauren Santo Domingo, Tom Sachs, Mario Sorrenti, Marco Brambilla, Derek Blasberg, and many of our other favorite New Yorkers at the annual Whitney Art Party.

Organized by The Whitney Contemporaries, and chaired by Olivier Theyskens, Denise Incandela, and Bettina Prentice (honorary chairs); and Mark Amadei, Maggie Betts, Tom Dunn, and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo; the aim of the evening was to raise money in support of the Whitney's Independent Study Program. There was a silent auction featuring Interview subjects LaToya Ruby Frazier, K8 Hardy, and Max Snow; followed by performances by Iona Roseal Brown and Kalup Linzy, and plenty of spirits, generously provided by Chandon and Belvedere.

Dining hotspots Acme and The Lion provided snacks—as, unexpectedly, did Linzy, who collaborated with Kreëmart to produce a "funeral" for Taiwan, an alter-ego Linzy has honed for nearly a decade. True to form, Linzy assumed another character to bid Taiwan farewell: Kaye, the newest in his cast, who sang standards in a manner just slightly off (we don't remember the Otis Redding song going "sitting on the edge of my couch," but perhaps that's just us). And for those who weren't sated by almond tarts and salted-caramel brownies, Linzy provided an edible tribute to Taiwan, too: little cups of gelatin made to look like the flowers his diva favored in her hair. (May she rest in peace.)

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