Spoken Words and a Silent Auction
Glamour hosts a night of monologues, and ACRIA stages a fund-raiser
"'These Girls' deserve my favorite word," said Gloria Steinem last night as she introduced Glamour's Night of Monologues event at Joe's Pub. "'These Girls' are fan-fucking-tastic." Fantastic, and also fearless. The young women in question—Zosia Mamet, Dianna Agron, and Emma Roberts, among them—performed spoken-word pieces before a room that included Steinem, Meg Ryan, Amy Poehler, and their director Kathy Najimy. Discussing a recent heartbreak, Alexa Chung won a few new ones remembering the time she drunkenly asked Marianne Faithfull, "Marianne, how did you get over Mick?" Agron, in Glee mode, got the whole crowd singing "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow." And the comedian Amy Schumer played against type, breaking down in tears as she recalled a freshmen-year-in-college bootie call gone bad. To wrap up the evening, Poehler took the stage. "We've learned a lot tonight," she started. "We've learned that Sam Cooke can get you through any bad lay. And we've learned that we are OK, because young people, they got this."
Across town, the Sean Kelly Gallery opened its doors for ACRIA's annual Unframed fund-raiser. Auction lots included works from Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, and Arthur Elgort, but Vincent Gagliostro's "60 Reasons to Take the Paris Metro" elicited the strongest response from the crowd. A composite of sixty voyeuristic Instagram pictures of young men on the Paris metro, the work prompted the evening's host, Olivier Theyskens, to think about his own interest in the social medium: "I love to discover the lives of people through Instagram," he told Style.com. "It's very intimate, but it's also very decent in a way, because people show you only what they want to show."