Andrea Cashman, director, Andrea Rosen Gallery

April 11, 2013 @ Cipriani Wall Street

For the New Museum's Spring Gala last night, Snarkitecture--a collaboration between architect Alex Mustonen and artist Daniel Arsham--filled Cipriani Wall Street with 44 suspended white spheres, an installation that provided the perfect backdrop for the event's black and white theme. The gala honored Christian Marclay, an artist whose work has transformed the way we interact with visual and aural media. New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni paid a fitting tribute to Marclay with a mash-up speech composed, he said, entirely of words by other people.

Attendees were treated to performances by Shelley Hirsch, one of Marclay's long-time collaborators, and by the soul band Pimps of Joytime, along with music by DJ Brendan Fallis. Gossip, a blurry photo of parted red lips by Marilyn Minter, was for sale; meanwhile Tobias Meyer of Sotheby's auctioned off a portrait session with John Baldessari. And of course, the guests themselves provided an excellent visual feast for the esthetically hungry. Only the art crowd could make black and white so colorful. --Kate Seward