Leave it to Performa, the institute for performance art, to turn a dress code into a total spectacle. On Wednesday, the art group held a black and white gala in honor of Adam Pendleton at 99 Scott Studio in Brooklyn. About 400 performers and benefactors attended the dinner and party wearing barely a stitch of color, including a gorgeous white Balenciaga pajamas.
On Monday, the Parsons School of Design raised $2.6 million in favor of the Glasshouse, which honored Tory Burch, Lauren Santo Domingo, Darren Walker and Kehinde Wiley. Many guests wore emerging designers with a theatrical flair.
And the Public Theater raised $2.25 million on Tuesday at its annual gala in Central Park. The alfresco dinner, in honor of producer Gil Shiva, was followed by performances by Renée Elise Goldsberry and Oscar Isaac.
Additional reporting by John Ortved.
“I really admire you all for having the courage to step out of Manhattan.” — Roselee Goldberg, founder of Performa, which held its gala in Bushwick.
“We have the best team in the world and it’s no coincidence that many of them went to Parsons.” — Tory Burch, who was honored by Parsons.
The Performa gala featured a dinner under the stars, a poetry reading by Joan Retallack, and a piece by Julius Eastman played on four pianos.
“New York without institutions like Parsons would just be another big soulless space.” — Darren Walker, who was honored by Parsons.
The most dressed has great outfits from upstairs, downstairs and all over the city.