Creative Time, the predominant public art non-profit, held their spring gala on Thursday honoring the legendary Julian Schnabel at the Domino Sugar Factory.
This beginning of a new stage of life for the factory, which has recently been part of a billion-dollar condo development, led by Creative Time co-chair Jed Walentas. During the renovation, the organization will continue to utilize the space for events.
There is no signs of slowing down from the ever-prolific artist and filmmaker. Schnabel has recently partnered with Bernardaud, French porcelainier; as part of a celebration of the company's 150th anniversary, Bernardaud has commissioned place settings from some of the most esteemed names in fine art, also creating pieces for David Lynch, Sophie Calle, and Jeff Koons. To be formally released at this week's Frieze New York, attendees were treated to a preview and Schnabel's set was available for sale.
In its 39th year, Creative Time picked a perfect location to pay tribute to Schnabel. Re-appropriated, slightly dirty, and always New York, the Domino Sugar factory felt almost as a living, breathing Schnabel piece. It was grimy, yet refined. It was Brooklyn, yet Manhattan. While we see many of these galas around the city, this seemed a bit different. Maybe it's just Creative Time's style, but the event seemed as a piece of public art itself; it was both the nail in the coffin for an abandoned warehouse and a cultural explosion perfectly suited for 2013 Brooklyn.
The event was catered by Mario Batali, and Dick Cavett took to the stage to speak of his friend in traditional Cavett fashion. He was funny, a bit biting, and spoke in a way that can truly grip a person. In describing their friendship, Cavett revealed that he and Schnabel are neighbors in Montauk, and they both love to surf.
Creative Time board member Laurie Anderson was on hand to give a special performance, as were Francis Farewell Starlite and Loren Kramar. The event was attended by Marisa Tomei, Brooklyn rapper and style guru Theophilus London, actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, as well as May Andersen, model (and the mother of Schnabel's unborn sixth child.) Attemding were the contemporary artist Urs Fischer, photographer Mario Sorrenti, and fashion designer Nanette Lepore. Raising close to $1.1 million dollars for Creative Time, the event was a great success.
Musée Magazine will be profiling Creative Time's director, Anne Pasternak in an upcoming issue. Come back for more information on the Ms. Pasternak and her newest developments for Creative Time.
Images courtesy of Creative Time