New York – AO On Site: Performa’s Relâche—The Party Benefit Gala, Thursday, November 29th, 2012

December 2nd, 2012

Sia performs live. All photos by C. Dalaeli for ArtObserved

Performa’s Relâche—The Party welcomed more than 500 guests on Thursday evening. Event co-chairs RoseLee Goldberg, Julie Blakeslee and John Spong, Toby Devan Lewis, Andrea & Marc Glimcher, Wendy Fisher, Amanda & Glenn Fuhrman, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Cindy Sherman helped organized the black and white haute couture themed party, a tribute to Francis Picabia and Erik Satie, and their groundbreaking 1924 Surrealist performance Relâche in Paris. The party was honoring Milly Glimcher, art historian and curator of “Happenings: New York, 1958–1963″ at the Pace Gallery, 2012.

Aerial acrobat performance

Once thought to be a Dadaist joke, relâche means that the event is closed or has been cancelled in French. Ironically, just as the first iteration was cancelled due to the dancer and choreographer Jean Börlin falling ill, this year’s event was also postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

The evening event raised over $400,000 to support Performa 13, the fifth edition of the international biennial of new visual art performance taking place throughout New York City from November 1-24, 2013.

Artist Dustin Yellin

Artist Job Piston


TV personality Heidi Banks and photographer Rose Hartman

Curator Renee Riccardo, James Powers, and writer Paul Laster

Artist Kasper Sonne and writer Dan Duray of The New York Observer

Patron Colleen Ritzau Leth with Juliette Premmereur of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Guests in black and white attire

Gallerist Allegra LaViola

Dealer Paul Judelson

Artist Nic Rad

Patrons Yan Assoun and Polina Proshkina


National Arts Club Curator Stacy Engman

-S. Lohrasbe

Related Links:

“Surrealist’s Dream Come True for a Night” [Wall Street Journal]