On The Scene At The Armory Preview Party-------
Despite last night’s near arctic temperatures, swaths of people turned out for the Armory Show 2009 Preview Party at MoMA. Under some very trippy lighting effects on the museum’s ground floor, DJ Justin Miller spun disco-punk tunes while guests clustered around one of the many bars (we saw three, at last count). Some guests chose to wander—sans drink—around the museum’s upper floors, but most stuck close to the cocktails, like the absinthe-infused “Van Gogh”—named for a noted devotee of the bohemian spirit. The crowd itself was an eclectic mix, from smartly dressed collectors and perma-tanned, heavily-accented gallerists to forlorn artist-hipsters and scantily clad PYTs. The night’s fashion winners included shiny, belted gathered dresses paired with black tights, the winter-weather mainstay. Experimental rock group Gang Gang Dance marked the evening’s high point with a bass-heavy performance in front of the lobby’s glass-and-metal curtain wall, providing stellar views of MoMA’s funky sculpture garden. If last night’s kickoff bash is any indication, this weekend’s art fair-heavy agenda—Armory, Pulse, Red Dot, Bridge, etc.—will be rocking.