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P.S.1's 30th Anniversary Gala


Cynthia Rowley, Ann Magnuson and Lawton Fitt.


Susan Lowry and Glenn Lowry, director of MoMA.

More than 400 guests attended the benefit for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in honor of its 30th Anniversary on October 22. The Homecoming Gala theme evoked P.S.1's original use as one of New York City's oldest public schools. Founder and director Alanna Heiss started P.S.1 in 1976 when she turned an abandoned schoolhouse into one of the largest and most important spaces for contemporary art. P.S.1 became affiliated with The Museum of Modern Art in 2000.

Entertainment started as soon as guests arrived. Homecoming portraits were staged and shot for table buyers by renowned photographers Eric Boman, Todd Eberle, Todd Hido, Jessica Craig-Martin, and Billy Sullivan. Costumes for the portrait guests were created and organized by Cynthia Rowley. Out in the courtyard of P.S.1, the Francis Lewis High School Marching Band and Cheerleaders performed and led the guests up to the gallery for dinner. The neo-burlesque-themed dinner was extraordinary, with Mistress of Ceremonies Ann Magnuson entertaining the crowd. On stage with Ms. Magnuson were Dirty Martini, World Famous Bob, Adam Dugas, Justin Bond, Kenny Scharf, Murray Hill, among others. The surprise performance of the evening was a duet by Ms. Magnuson and Rufus Wainwright. The evening culminated in the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen: artists Lawrence Weiner and Marina Abramovic.

The P.S.1 30th Anniversary Celebration Committee is co-chaired by P.S.1 trustee and vice chairman Lawton Fitt and the fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. The Homecoming Gala raised $450,000; all proceeds from P.S.1's 30th anniversary events support the P.S.1 Annual Exhibition Fund.


Artist Burt Barr, Alanna Heiss, P.S.1 board
member Lex Fenwick.


Gwen Adams and Peter Norton, chairman of the Board at P.S.1.


MoMA Board members Lewis
Cullman and Jamie Niven.


Joel Shapiro and John Baldessari.


Agnes Gund and Yng-Ru Chen, P.S.1 director of Press and Communications.


Ann Magnuson and Rufus Wainwright.


Rachel Feinstein and
Yvonne Force Villareal.


P.S.1 board member David Teiger
and Anne Philbin, director of the UCLA Hammer Museum.


Jeffrey Deitch, Shelley Fox Aarons, and P.S.1 trustee Philip Aarons.


Curators Eugenie Tsai and Connie Butler.


James McLaren and Lawton Fitt.


Samia Farouki, A. Huda Farouki and Dana Farouki.



Alanna Heiss, Dirty Martini, Jane Comfort and Klaus Biesenbach.

Photo credit: Patrick McMullan
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