Last night, a who's who in the New York City art world made their way to Williamsburg for Paradiso, Performa's 10th anniversary party. Held inside Weylin B. Seymour's, the new event space in the site of a massive -- and gorgeous -- former bank, the party took its cues from the Renaissance and featured FECUNDITAS, a food performance by Jennifer Rubell that could have doubled as a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The meal began with guests enjoying deviled eggs that they seasoned with paprika presented inside hanging rubber chickens that were smashed to release their contents. Later on, men in assless chaps walked around presenting diners at long banquet-style tables with roasted vegetables and suckling pig before bringing out phallic stalks of brussels sprouts and instructing guests like Cindy Sherman, Klaus Biesenbach, W's Stefano Tonchi or Charlotte Gainsboug to use their knives to cut off individual sprouts for themselves. The grand finale was the dessert course, which began after Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, along with photographer Rashid Johnson, took a hammer and started smashing the plywood tables, revealing confetti and chocolates, cookies, and cotton candy to be gobbled up by the guests. Following the performance, everyone made their way into the basement to catch performances by Raphaelle Condo and Empress Of and DJ sets by Dev Hynes and Blood Orange. Take a peek at photos by PAPER's Will Nixon, below.
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