At the MoMA PS1 opening party for Frieze New York, a European-leaning crowd of hipsters sporting chunky black glasses and light jackets for the warmish weather roosted in the courtyard of the museum for gin and blueberry cocktails and catering courtesy of house diner M. Wells. Soon, guests were ushered into the pop-up performance dome (a small version of Disney’s Epcot) for a concert by chanteuse Martha Wainwright, who was irked to discover that her audience wouldn’t stay quiet for a rousing set of Edith Piaf covers, specifically requested by PS1 maven curator Klaus Biesenbach. Standing out with a helmet of bright white hair, Biesenbach appeared near the stage and called for silence, a request that was promptly granted by all.
Except, that is, for a pair of female art patrons who persisted in conversing as Wainwright began singing her own songs, accompanying herself on guitar. Biesenbach circled over to the chatty pair’s side and glared at them, eyes wide and lips pressed shut, until they were guilted into submission for nearly a full 30 seconds. The curator was later seen looking on in rapt enjoyment as Wainwright covered two songs from the Kraftwerk catalogue, in honor of the band’s recent MoMA retrospective.
Other guests included New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl, actress Kim Cattrall, and artist Lara Favaretto, who was seen patrolling the halls of her new PS1 exhibition, which delighted tipsy visitors with its spinning sculptures of carwash brushes.
Click on the slide show to see photos from the MoMA PS1 Frieze launch party.