4 posts tagged "Whitney Art Party"
Like most designers, Erin Fetherston is currently focusing her energy on Resort, all while prepping for the upcoming round of Spring shows. But that hasn’t stopped her from planning a special charity auction to celebrate the launch of her revamped Web site, which features behind-the-scenes photos and inspiration boards from past collections. “I was recently going through my vintage collection and it seemed like there was such a great opportunity to give the pieces I love another life,” Fetherston told Style.com. Starting at noon today, fans of the designer can start bidding on 12 vintage pieces straight from Fetherston’s closet, including a Lanvin maxi skirt, a sheer floral Sonia Rykiel number, and a mint green Chanel gown. Also on sale is an embellished light blue Pearl Ingham minidress from the sixties (pictured) that the designer wore to the Whitney Art Party last year. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Charity Water. The auction ends June 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
The annual Whitney Art Party always lures a strong contingent of the fashion crowd, and this year should be no exception. If there’s a bit more buzz than usual, chalk it up to the evening’s entertainer, performance artist Kalup Linzy (pictured). A friend and collaborator of James Franco—who’s helped to publicize him and his work—Linzy has also been embraced by the fashion world, creating a video for Proenza Schouler’s show at Pitti and getting fitted personally by DVF. For the Whitney, Linzy will be bidding adieu to one of his longtime characters/alter egos, Taiwan, with an elaborate funeral. (Original plans called for a casket procession through the city.) In honor of the occasion, Style.com checked in with Linzy to talk about the end of Taiwan (live, at least; he’ll live on in video), the beginnings of his new character Kaye, and why design is best left to the designers.
I’ve heard that Wednesday’s performance will include a funeral procession and Whitney Houston songs. Care to fill in a few blanks?
It’s not going to be a funeral procession, per se, but I am paying a tribute to my character Taiwan and I am performing most of the songs I composed. But because Whitney is one of my favorite artists, there will be Whitney songs played too. There will be a video playing the whole time and in the background there’s a casket. That will be closed until the ritual happens, but something does happen during the performance. When I started my proposals like a year ago, they wanted to have the casket literally driving through the city.
For those not keyed in, tell us a little bit about the origins and evolution of Taiwan.
Taiwan is a soul singer. He was part of my thesis video in 2003 and then I started performing him live. The first live performance that got a lot of attention was at PS1 in 2006. Other big highlights were the performance in New Orleans with the Art Production Fund and then the videos for Proenza, then T, then working with James Franco.
He’s been a big part of your body of work. Why are you putting him to rest?
Taiwan was just an avenue that I would tap into but I don’t feel like going on stage and being like that anymore. For now, I have done all I can to stay true to the character. I could force it but I don’t think it would be the same, emotionally, as what people were getting before. Now I want to do something lighter. I feel like the stuff that drove Taiwan is not there or in the same place anymore.
Clothes and fashion play a very big role in your work. How do you see fashion in relation to your art?
The clothes help define each character—it’s an essential part. Even thrift store shopping, I find I am imaging them. It’s an emotional, visual response to what each should have on. Personally, I am really a T-shirt and jeans guy, but I think fashion is a type of performance art. Designers come up with clothes with a particular character. These days, they [don't want the models] to have personality, but back in the day the supermodels had personalities that went into selling the clothes, too.
And what will you be wearing for the performance?
He has a curly wig and a black suit from Theory they sent me yesterday. And I don’t know about the shoes yet.
Kaye, your newest character, features into the new film you’re working on. Will you be collaborating with someone on a collection for him?
Kaye is a fashionista but I don’t know if I want to have someone pull clothes or work with a designer formally because that can take forever. I have been talking to Cynthia Rowley about doing a full-on collab, but really I am focused on the film right now. It has crossed my mind to do my own clothing collection but it would probably be a hot mess. I studied art, not fashion, so I wouldn’t have that point of reference that real designers have. I can’t really transcend if I don’t know the history and I don’t want to imitate, you know? I trust designers with that.
Tomorrow night, the Whitney throws its annual Art Party, presented by the BCBG Max Azria Group, where, beneath the air-kisses, clinking glasses, and sartorial appreciation, a good cause lurks: the museum’s Independent Study program, the beneficiary of the evening’s silent auction. Artists from Cecily Brown to Lawrence Weiner have donated works this year, and if past years are any indication, they should go fast. Style.com checked in with a few past buyers to find out what they snapped up and what they’re hoping to grab this year.
Lippes (above right), who’s on the host committee of the event this year, came away last time with one of Rachel Owens’ glass-shard pieces (above left). “I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time,” Lippes told Style.com. “This is very strong and powerful, especially in this animal head shape.” (We’re not sure we see it, but art is in the eye of the beholder.) But powerful is right—with its jagged glass, we wondered if hanging the work at home posed a problem. “Actually, I’m afraid to touch it!” the designer said with a laugh. “I am hiring someone to hang it so I don’t sustain serious injuries.” Continue Reading “The Style World’s Art Buyers On Their Whitney Acquisitions” »