Last week on February 27, 2019, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York celebrated its second-annual STAND WITH US BeneFête. The evening is devoted to supporting Baxter St’s yearly initiatives that support and activate the community of lens-based contemporary artists. The evening honored philanthropist Sarah Arison, and artists Jesse Chun, and José Parlá, and former Baxter St President Allen Frame.


The event welcomed over 300 guests to the historic Angel Orensanz Foundation which was decorated in 90s theme surrounded by NYC street-inspired décor complete with a hot dog cart, hot pretzels, a caricature artist, as well as a Baxter St Bodega where guests purchased $10 scratch-offs to win a limited edition prints by artists like Matthew Leifheit, Hannah Whitaker, Matthew Porter and others.


Libby Pratt, Michi Jigarjian


The evening continued with music by legendary DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito and dance performances by Shari Loeffler, THECouncil featuring SHE and YoE and Menahan Street Band featuring Black Thought, which brought everyone to the dance floor and left guests hungry for the Joe’s Pizza Delivery. Guests included Zoe Buckman, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), O.T. Fagbenle, Casey Fremont, Michelle Hellman, Bobbito Garcia, Rashid Johnson, Justine Kurland, Shari Loeffler, Anne Pasternak, Black Thought, Marlies Verhoeven, Jasmine Wahi, and Tiana Webb Evans.




Proceeds from Baxter St’s annual STAND WITH US event go towards supporting the non-profit organization’s yearly initiatives. Baxter St provides analog and digital workspace to members, hosts solo and group exhibitions by emerging lens- based artists, run dynamic programming, such as its Coffee Talks and Conversation Series, and offers competitive workspace residency programs.


images // Collins Nai,