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