Food, Art and Head Cheese at the BMA's "Brooklyn Ball"

Alexis Swerdloff

It was an epic evening of food, art and head cheese at the Brooklyn Museum of Art's Brooklyn Ball. This year's ball, conceived by artist and former PAPER Beautiful Person Jennifer Rubell, marked the partnership between the BMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume collection, and the exhibition, "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection." Visitors were promised an "an interactive food journey through the Museum including drinking paintings, suspended melting cheese heads, and more." And that's what visitors got. The evening began with spigot-flowing cocktails, dirty carrots, a table completely covered with potato chips, and head cheese (blocks of cheese in the shape of heads, suspended from the ceiling and dramatically dripping onto Carr's crackers). Folks like Chloe Sevigny, Zac Posen, Stefano Tonchi, Mario Batali, Patrik Ervell, Humberto Leon, Diane von Furstenberg, Hamish Bowles, Anne Slowey, and Le Fooding's Français Alexandre Cammas milled about, sampling the head cheese and sipping on dirty martinis and screwdrivers. Following the cocktail hour, revelers were led to the main rotunda for dinner. On the menu? Big wooden boxes piled high with chef Nick Hosea's sumptuously prepared roasted rabbits (150 total), pigs, turkeys and beef meant to be "self-butchered" by guests, along with potatoes, grilled veggies and salad for the vegetarians (of which we hope there were not many!) in attendance.

Following dinner, we made our way down to the museum's entry hall for the Opening-Ceremony-hosted after-party, featuring DJ sets by Nate Lowman and Leo Fitzpatrick, male strippers, and carnival-esque booths manned by Band of Outsiders, Philip Crangi, Patrick Ervell, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Slow and Steady Wins the Race. We got fashion advice from a tranny dressed as Naomi Campbell at the 3.1 Phillip Lim booth -- she told us that our hair could be a little neater (yes, Mickey, you told us so.). The event's pièce de résistance? A (much) larger-than-life Andy Warhol pinata head, filled with Hostess cupcakes, Ding-Dongs and Twinkies, several of which we maybe took home with us and maybe ate for breakfast this morning. A fun, fashionable and very full time was had by all!

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