A weather forecast promising rain doesn’t bode well for a garden party, but that didn’t stop a slew of boldfacers from making their way to MoMA’s annual fête in the Abby Aldrich Sculpture Garden last night. For some, it was the sentimental value attached to the iconic museum that drew them out. “This was the first museum that I had membership to in 1970… ,” said Kim Cattrall.
For the artists, it was a reunion of sorts. “I like to see the sculptures outdoors amongst the green, but you can see those all the time,” Georgo Condo told Style.com as he arrived. “What I really like is running into people I haven’t seen in a while, all the artists—I just saw Richard Serra, I know Ellsworth Kelly is here. You don’t get to see them that often because we’re all hiding in our studios.”
Chuck Close was also in residence, chatting nearby with Cindy Sherman and MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach. “I was in Europe last year during this time, so I can’t wait to get to the dance floor tonight,” he said. “I go up on my flat wheels and dance in my wheelchair. I have no idea who is performing, but whoever it is, I will boogie to it.”
The evening’s big act, Santigold, arrived just before dinner started. “Nervous?” someone asked. “No, never,” she said. “Well, actually, once I did a private concert and they invited Pharrell and Andy Samberg on the stage and it made me so nervous because there are a lot of wild cards there. But in general, we have a good rhythm going up there.”
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