Art Production Fund Hosts Concrete Jungle Gala

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Chloe Sevigny
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

On March 16, Art Production Fund hosted their seventh annual Gala at the Diamond Horseshoe, the club in the basement of the Paramount Hotel.

The glamorous highly anticipated fashion and art event attracted a number of cool downtown crowd fashion insiders, uptown socialites, and art world regulars, such as Chloë Sevigny and boyfriend Ricky Saiz, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Marilyn Minter, Cindy Sherman, Yvonne Force Villareal, Doreen Reman, Aimee Mullins, Rupert Friend, Eva AmurriRyan McGinley, Nate Lowman, Aaron Young, Zani Gugelmann, Fabiola Beracasa, Allison Sarofim, Hope Atherton, Stacey Bendet, Cynthia Rowley, Karen Erickson, Mia Moretti, and many more.

The fabulous art gala was hosted by the night’s emcee, Fab 5 Freddy, as the well-healed guests were treated to glasses of effervescent Dom Perignon. Sponsored by Gucci, this year’s event was themed “Concrete Jungle,” and the guests were proposed with a rather unusual dress code, that was wide open to interpretation called “Tooth & Nail.”

The yearly gala honored New York’s own acclaimed photographer Ryan McGinley and Jane Kaplowitz Rosenblum, whose son Theo created the sculptural centerpieces on each table to be auctioned off for $100 each.

As the evening went on, the guests were invited to partake in some temporary tattoos fun created by Joyce Pensato, to have some fun portrait sessions for a good cause with Steven Klein in a darkly lit room filled with masks and props. Each of this photographs costed $1,000, with proceeds going to the fund. Some of the other forms of entertainment included a performance art piece called “Not Your Art Baby” by Gucci’s own It Girl Petra Collins and Madelyne Beckles. To illustrate the art world’s tendency to infantilize female artists, the creators sat behind a glass wall, sucking on baby pacifiers and holding plush teddy bears.

Later, attendees participated in a live auction led by Gabriela Palmieri that raised around $100,000 for the fund. The evening culminated with a dramatic performance by Jillian Hervey, better known as Lion Babe, who serenaded the room with her sensual velvety vocals.

At the end of the night, all guest got favor bags that contained a beach towel decorated with Ryan McGinley’s signature prints, as the event’s roaring wild atmosphere continued to sizzle, coinciding with the electricity embedded in the concrete jungles of New York City.

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