Photos By Tatiana Gulenkina, Words By Brandon Wetherbee
This year’s Phillips Collection Contemporaries Bash sounds like a party recommended by Stefon. I realize this is a fictional character who existed primarily from 2008 to 2013 but hear me out. And try to read the next paragraph in his voice.
Held in an abandoned warehouse now billed as the epicenter of culinary creativity, Dock 5 hosted young republicans and art enthusiasts at the Phillips Collection Contemporaries Bash. Octogenarians played Super Mario while young people stood in the center of 8 fans while 2 big pieces of fabric fluttered in the air. A man that played the guy that speaks back to The Joker in The Dark Knight at Bruce Wayne’s party threw glitter into the fans. Artists wearing headscarves created a piece of art. Not artists wore headscarves for photos and got henna tattoos. A falcon was there.
Enough of the Stefon thing. It was actually a really well produced and fun party. The goal of the Contemporaries Bash is to raise money for the Phillip’s education programs. It did that without an uncomfortable speech or pointless signage attempting to guilt the attendee into feeling bad, or feeling good about buying a ticket to something that’s supposed to help.
The layout of the party was the best use of space I’ve seen at Dock 5. The bars were perfectly placed, the DJ booth wasn’t in a corner or on a wall, there was food available for the entire event, pour over coffee was served apart from the bar, the falcon thing was unique and didn’t seem like animal cruelty and the fans/fabric gimmick was an excellent photo op for a city that can’t seem to get enough of Renwick’s WONDER.
Without further ado, the reason why you clicked on this post, people in pretty dresses: