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Wig Wam BAM, Pharrell is the Man

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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“I’m honored to be honored,” said honoree Diana Widmaier Picasso, granddaughter of painter Pablo Picasso and a renowned curator and art historian in her own right, at Chez Bushwick’s Breaking The Rules Gala at BAM Thursday night.


Picasso was the center of attention at the Champagne dinner in BAM’s Lepercq Space that ended the evening. But it began with a 6:30p.m. cocktail party followed by a 2016 Next Wave Festival program in BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House that included the New York premiere of the eerily beautiful dance-and-video performance, Rules of the Game, choreographed by Widmaier Picasso’s friend and collaborator Jonah Bokaer, with jaw-dropping visuals by Daniel Arsham and an hypnotic yet melodic original score (a recording by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) by that happiest of music fellows, Pharrell Williams.


Picasso surrounded herself with human, as opposed to artistic, beauty at the dinner, where her tables included models Anja Rubik, Alina Baikova, and Toni Garrn. Also in the crowd: Patsy Tarr, the Chair Emerita of Chez Bushwick, the artist-run choreographic studio founded by Bokaer in 2002 (i.e. at the very start of Brooklyn’s renaissance); Beth Rudin DeWoody (whose family’s May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation was honored as a “game-changer”); Stephanie FrenchJoanna Fisher; Rudin’s tablemates Jay Johnson and Tom Cashin; and gala committee chair Michèle Gerber Klein, whose guests included art star Jeffrey Deitch, fashion’s Frederick Anderson and Park Avenue’s Susan Chalom.


Photos by Annie Watt.




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