Kate Bosworth, Olivier Theyskens + More Turn Out For the Annual Whitney Art Party

Abby Schreiber
Photos by Angela Pham

The inclement weather did not dissuade a cabal of fashionistas and art types from turning out to the annual Whitney Art Party last night, held at Skylight Soho studios. Stepping inside the massive, largely untouched space, guests were greeted by maiters (that would be male model waiters) toting trays of Chandon sparkling wine, Belvedere cocktails, and nibbles catered by of-the-moment downtown restaurants The Lion and ACME (and, speaking of the latter, read about PAPER's field trip to the Nordic boîte here). Weaving through the crowd, one was likely to spot Chuck Close (he doesn't exactly blend in), designer Erin Fetherston and socialite Tinsley Mortimer but one face many may not have noticed at first was that of Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, who spent much of the night mingling with Lubov Azria (designer and wife of Max).

While the crowd gabbed and gossiped, two startling figures entered the room clad in outrageous black and white "kimonos-on-crack" get-up. Quickly everyone started to pay attention once they realized that these colorful people were part of artist iona rozeal brown's performance piece, "the changeling tree: the forest lies about you" (and the one in black was rozeal brown herself). The duo slithered through the room and made their way outside where a massive tree-like sculpture had been installed, surrounded by candles and burning incense. As guests followed, they were treated to an abstract movement-based performance by the artist and her companion.

But that was certainly not the only art in store last night.

The Skylight Soho walls were full of art being auctioned off and partygoers also witnessed a performance by artist Kalup Linzy in the form of a memorial for Taiwan, one of Linzy's long-standing alter-egos. A casket and memorial photos had been installed in the back of the space and, towards the latter half of the evening, Linzy himself took to the stage to sing songs like Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You" and his own rendition of Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay."

When not watching these performances or listening to music provided by Japanster, it was hard to miss all of the flashbulbs -- it seemed as if there were as many people with professional-grade cameras as there were without -- snapping photos of fashionably-late attendees like honorary co-chair Olivier Theyskens and his date, actress Kate Bosworth, along with NHL stud Sean Avery and art world luminaries like Tom Sachs, Sanford Biggers and Terence Koh. And, speaking of photos, PAPERMAG would be remiss if we didn't take some of our own. Check out shots from last night by PAPERMAG's Angela Pham.

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