NEW YORK— The constant downpour of rain and snow that blanketed New York in an icy slush on Saturday could not stop people from heading to Houston Street to join performance artist Marina Abramovi? for a few "drinks by the cauldron," as her invitation promised. The event was to celebrate the launch of "Immaterial," the exhibition she curated for online market Paddle8.com (it was the first exhibition she ever curated, in fact), and people were understandably curious.
The intimate Halloween gathering, located at restaurateur Serge Becker's space above his new Jamaican eatery, Miss Lily's, consisted mostly of Abramovi? and Paddle8's close friends, most of whom were appropriately dressed up in Halloween garb. Guests sipped on Krug champagne and rum punch from, yes, a cauldron, while noshing on bites from Miss Lily's. Images from "Immaterial" were projected on a wall, while copies of the Phaidon-published exhibition catalogue were scattered about for browsing.
So, what does the art world dress up as for Halloween? Paddle8.com co-founders Alexander Gilkes and Aditya Julka went the multicultural route, with Gilkes going as Kim Jong Il (a sometimes pregnant Kim Jong Il, actually, depending on the time of the night), while Julka dressed as a Native American complete with a full feathered headdress (considering his ethnic background is Indian, as in from India, there was a joke involved).