May 22, 2014 @ Cipriani Wall Street
Monica Lewinsky, along with artists like Cindy Sherman and actors like John Turturro, turned out at Cipriani Wall Street last night to honor artist Robert Longo at a fundraiser for the art and performance venue the Kitchen. Also in attendance were playwright and actor Eric Boghosian and musicians like Laurie Anderson and Michael Stipe.
The Sex Pistols song "No Future" played during the cocktail hour. "The Kitchen is absolutely punk rock," Metro Pictures staffer Tom Heman told A.i.A. "That's very much its history."
Dinner guests were treated to performances by Bill T. Jones with composer-musicians Vernon Reid and Daniel Roumain, as well as actress Barbara Sukowa and TV on the Radio lead singer Tunde Adebimpe.
Tables ranged from $5,000 to $25,000, and the evening raised $530,000 to support exhibitions and programs.
Longo has a two-venue show open through today at New York galleries Metro Pictures and Petzel.
Formed as an artist collective in 1971 and incorporated as a nonprofit two years later, the Kitchen has staged performances and exhibitions, including early outings by artists including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Sherrie Levine, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman. Longo was the Kitchen's first art curator.