Contemporary art and fine dining were brought together last night in a smashing combo of sustainability when artist Peter Nadin and his wife, Art + Commerce co-founder Anne Kennedy, hosted a feast at their Greenwich Village town house in which the main course—a pig from the couple’s Hudson Valley farm—also featured in Nadin’s artwork. Nearly every body part of the animal not consumed by guests was incorporated into the artist’s practice: Hair became paintbrushes, fats and blood went into pigments and dyes. Art dealer Kirsha Kaechele, architect Michael Haverland (currently designing a retreat for Calvin Klein), Interview‘s Glenn O’Brien and Christopher Bollen, and artist Ross Bleckner were among the thrilled guests. Prior to chow time, the gang had attended a panel discussion at the New Museum, “Art and Defiance,” at which Nadin’s ecologically sound art-making was the topic. Talk about recycling! “We also smoke our own hams in the backyard,” said Kennedy. “It’s so great because I can smell them when I’m walking home from work.”
For many of the guests at the opening of Elizabeth Peyton’s Live Forever exhibit (underwritten by Banana Republic) at the New Museum on Tuesday evening, it was the first night out since getting back from the shows in Europe. “I’m beyond jet-lagged,” said Michael Roberts. “I flew in last night and had meetings at 8:30 this morning.” Glenn O’Brien felt no different. “I worked four weekends in a row!” he said. “This weekend, I’m off. I’m sleeping and going to the country.” Peyton took advantage of her friendship with Marc Jacobs, wearing an outfit that just walked down his New York runway. She returned the favor by including a portrait of the designer in the show, from his long-hair days. “It’s one of my favorites! I remember saying after seeing it, ‘If only I looked like an Elizabeth Peyton painting I’d be really happy,’” said Jacobs, who was trailing boyfriend Lorenzo Martone around by the hand. Is it time for a new portrait of the new Marc? “I think he’s always been a very changing person, so I don’t think it’s any different,” said Peyton, who enjoyed her preview and skipped out at 8:45, just as DJ Spencer Sweeney was turning the museum’s top floor into a dance party.