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American Art, Out-of-this-World Party at The Whitney

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Common, Micaela Erlanger, Karlie Kloss, Brandon Maxwell, Michael Carl
Friday, November 18, 2016
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On Wednesday, the Whitney Museum hosted its annual Art Party. Set against the backdrop of American art, the star-studded theme made for an out-of-this-world evening.

Guests parties under the stars—with hundreds of lights covering the ceiling of the atrium; with the stars—as attendees included such notables as Karlie Kloss, Jason Biggs and Victor Cruz; and amongst some space-age entertainment. The party included a virtual reality station, and two martian-esque dancers made their way around the crowd all night.

The party was held in The Whitney's main atrium, but guests were welcome to explore the "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art" exhibit on the fifth floor. The exhibit focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image. With the exhibit's focused on breaking with convention, guests could seamlessly transitioned from the party below into the fifth floor galleries. The exhibit will be up until February 5.

In addition to Kloss, the party was co-chaired by Common, Brandon Maxwell, Micaela Erlanger and Michael Carl. Other notable attendees included Chuck Close, Maurizio Cattelan, Georgina Bloomberg, Tyson Beckford, Karrueche Tran, Patrick McGregor, Cleo Wade, Wes Gordon, Jasmine Sanders, Alexandra Chemla, Eric Rutherford, Gigi Burris, Makenzie Leigh, Rubin Singer, Skylar Pittman, Casey Freemont, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Timo Weiland, Brooke Neidich, Daniel Neidich, Fern Tessler, Flora Irving, Ian Cheng, Jay Sanders, Josephine Meckseper, Kipton Cronkite, RJ King, Rachel Rose, Sarah Hoover, Stacey Bendet, Vanessa von Bismarck, Virginia Overton, Mel Chin, Max Wolf, Scott Rothkopf, Christopher Lew, Alina Baikova and Casey Spooner.

Visit The Whitney at 99 Gansevoort Street, 212.570.3600. whitney.org

Photos by BFA
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