For those who like to gawk at big-name celebs, I recently went into the glitter-strewn trenches at the Whitney Art Party, an annual silent auction benefit in New York. Among the sightings were Chloe Sevigny (She gets around — I saw her on my block the other week during the Tribeca Film festival), Eva Mendez (whom I didn’t recognize but is incredibly beautiful) and Moby, who later jumped up on stage during a live “karaoke” performance.
As glamorous as it may sound, it’s no fun circling around hawk-like trying to snap pretty people’s pictures (especially when you’re not even sure who they are). Though the party did take a turn for the better when a bombshell singer took the stage to do a dead-on rendition of Janis Joplin’s “ Take a Another Piece of My Heart”. For the full blow-by-blow click here.
In other Whitney-related news, I saw a great performance by Matmos and So Percussion at a Whitney Live event (sort of like Free First Thursdays but with a longer wait time to get in). Matmos is an experimental electronic music duo made up by Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt. Schmidt is part of the conceptual art department of the San Francisco Art Institute and together the two have worked with Bjork on a number of projects. Teamed up with So Percussion, an experimental (you guessed it!) percussion group, they rocked the house to a packed crowd, and served as the perfect intro to an evening of wandering through the galleries and catching a last few moments with this year’s (also somewhat wayward) Biennial.