Everyone Was on Digital Drugs at the Whitney Studio Party

Yana Balan, Dustin Yellin, and Polina Proshkina. Photo: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

Last night marked the final uptown event for the Whitney Museum of American Art — come May, the museum moves from the Madison Avenue Breuer building to the new Renzo Piano designed, downtown location, opening to the public on Friday, May 1, 2015.

To celebrate the museum one just one more time before the move (and raise a little cash, $4.3 million to be exact) Louis Vuitton helped the Whitney throw a gala and studio party where everyone was “hallucinating”. The art was gone off the walls, but there was a new piece, and all you needed was your phone and the right app to get in on the experience.

Being that we’re all looking at our phones constantly anyway, artist Will Pappenheimer’s Proxy, 5-WM2A made perfect sense — guests like Chuck Close, Claire Distenfeld, Kyle DeWoody, and Dustin Yellin who were looking at the museum through this new lens saw a new, augmented reality.

Check out photos from the evening, and a look at Proxy, below:

Sara Moss and Chuck Close

Hillary Rhoda

Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton

Julian Schabel and Jeff Koons

Cristen and Nigel Barker

Julie Macklowe

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

Claire Distenfeld

BFA_10879_1323181Marc Philippe Eskenazi and Matt Kliegman

Kara Ross

BFA_10872_1321763Cindy Sherman and Jonas Mekas

All photos courtesy of BFAnyc.com

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