In With the New
The New Museum Celebrates Its First 35 Years
It was the usual intersection of art and fashion at the New Museum's 35th anniversary gala last night, staged in the vast Cipriani downtown space. With Narciso Rodriguez, the Proenza Schouler boys, Leelee Sobieski, and Chloë Sevigny circulating, it was easy to forget it wasn't always this way. "Twenty years ago, I used to get crap for being into fashion," Anh Duong told Style.com. "But nowadays, the art world practically expects its female artists to run around in heels." Nearby, leading by example, a dressed-up Hope Atherton bantered with friends, and Marilyn Minter chatted with Francisco Costa, the designer of her Calvin Klein cocktail dress. "Anh's the most stylish artist around," Minter declared. "I'm just trying to age gracefully." Her trick? "Wearing lipstick always helps."
The museum gave the evening's special honor to L.A. artist Paul McCarthy for (speaking of aging gracefully) his genre-busting 40-plus-year career. He accepted with a performance art piece: random word associations that eventually formed a chronologically arranged speech. McCarthy's work has often been inspired by L.A. The heel-loving Duong prefers NYC. "I think I would be distracted with all that space and perfect weather," she said. "I've always done my best work in New York."