Event Recap: The 2023 Whitney Art Party

On January 31, 2023, YRB attended the annual fundraising event Art Party 2023 hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Guests at the event included co-chairs Ashley Graham, Karen Elson, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Spector, Rachel Rossin, Edward Barsamian, Steven Beltrani, and Micaela Erlanger.

DJ sets by Questlove and The Muses entertained guests throughout the evening. After a two-year hiatus, the 2023 Whitney Art Party returned with a zodiac theme that was out of this world.

This fundraising event, hosted by the Whitney Contemporaries, provides critical support to the Whitney’s renowned Independent Study Program (ISP). Founded in 1968, ISP is one of the country’s leading postgraduate programs in studio art, curatorial studies, and critical studies. The program furthers the Whitney’s mission to support living artists throughout their careers.

Sponsored by NILI LOTAN and RéVive and with tequila provided by Tequila Casa Dragones, this cornerstone event of New York’s arts and philanthropy calendar welcomed emerging artists, patrons, and guests from the worlds of art, fashion, business, philanthropy, and entertainment for an evening of cocktails, music, exclusive exhibition viewing, and more.

Additional guests included Robin Arzón, Tracy Anderson, Grace Atwood, Candace Bushnell, Jennifer Fisher, and Malcom Jenkins.

Guests gathered on the Museum’s ground floor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Hall for cocktails and dancing. Astrologer Francesca Vuillemin offered individualized readings to partygoers.

Co-chair and featured artist Rachel Rossin designed exclusive merchandise for sale inspired by her virtual reality artworks. A pioneer in the field of digital art, Rossin’s multidisciplinary practice blends painting, sculpture, new media, gaming, and video to create digital landscapes that focus on technology’s effect on our psychology.

Artist Devin Kenny also designed limited edition temporary tattoos that partygoers enjoyed throughout the event.

Guests were also able to enjoy exclusive access to the Museum’s blockbuster exhibitions like Edward Hopper’s New York and no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria, as well as the photography installation of Every Ocean Hughes: Alive Side and the Museum’s collection galleries.

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