Street art and high society met Thursday night for Medair’s inaugural New York Gala at Stephan Weiss Studio. The black-tie event brought together these disparate worlds in order to contribute to Medair’s cause of bringing emergency relief to people across the globe dealing with problems of safety, health, reproductive health, sanitation and more. During the gala, a number of tributes were made for several brave women whose lives were changed through working with Medair.
After a cocktail reception, a number of works by prominent street artists like Shepard Fairey, Logan Hicks, WhIsBe, Phoebe New York, Thrashbird, fnnch, and WRDSMTH were auctioned off, first in a silent auction and then in a full live auction. Swiss watch company Hubolt, a partner of this event, also provided an exclusive luxury timepiece that was auctioned off. This collection of art was curated by photographer and filmmaker Luca Babini, Sarah Sperling, Thomas Allen, and Ben Lau.
This event was replete with prominent members of New York society including Alexandre Assouline, Annelise Peterson Winter, Bonnie Young, Bronson Van Wyck, Cindi Leive, Cynthia Rowley, Edwin Fenech, Louis Yoh, Maria Giulia, Prezioso Maramotti, Meredith Melling, and Valerie Macaulay, as well as fixtures of the street and contemporary art scenes like artists Hueman, SacSix, Thrashbird, WhIsBe, Kocer Hamo, Libby Schoettle, City Kitty, Jeff Henriquez, Flore and Cern. The gala also featured a performance by New York music group Too Many Zooz.