New year, new sponsor? Today, the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the 2019 Whitney Art Party co-chairs and first-time sponsor Forty Five Ten. The annual fundraising fête, which will take place on Tuesday, January 29th, will be co-chaired by Kristen Cole of Forty Five Ten, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Michael Carl, and Micaela Erlanger. The event is hosted by the Whitney Contemporaries and welcomes young patrons, emerging artists, and guests from the worlds of art, fashion, business, and entertainment for an evening of cocktails, dancing, and exhibition viewing.
The evening is made possible in part by Forty Five Ten, which after some Googling, is a Dallas-born multi-brand boutique that “merges fashion and art, inciting the new, the unconventional, the eclectic, and the inspired. The brand presents a strong roster of 400+ experimental and luxury designers including Prada, Celine, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Rosie Assoulin, Sies Marjan, and Proenza Schouler,” and we’re here for it. Turns out in March 2019, Forty Five Ten will debut its first New York store in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, the brand’s second largest store. In support of this year’s Art Party, the Whitney and Forty Five Ten will present a special collaboration with artist Caitlin Keogh.
The evening kicks off at 7PM with a pre-Art Party dinner hosted by the Whitney’s Artist Council. The Benefit Committee Co-Chairs are Lauren Cochran, Derek Fordjour, Peter Kahng, and Caitlin Keogh. The dinner will feature a DJ set by artist Andrew Kuo and a site-specific performance by Onyx Collective.
Following the dinner, the Art Party begins at 9PM on the museum’s ground floor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Hall and Andrea and James Gordon Restaurant at Untitled, and includes DJ sets, cocktails and exhibition viewing. Exhibitions: Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, Kevin Beasley: A view of a landscape, Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018, and Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900-1960, will be on view for the duration of the evening.
The Art Party provides critical support to the renowned Independent Study Program (ISP), one of the country’s leading postgraduate programs in studio art, curatorial and critical studies. The ISP is at the heart of the Whitney’s mission to support living artists throughout their careers.
Tickets will run you about $250 ($200 if you’re a Whitney Contemporary) or if you want the Whitney to extend a complimentary ticket to an artist of its choosing, those will run you about $500. You can purchase your tickets HERE.
top image // 2017 Whitney Art Party, bfa.com