Cindy Sherman’s gallery, Metro Pictures, went all out Tuesday to celebrate her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
As a crowd of young Sherman doppelgangers began to swarm the exhibition (which opens to the public on Sunday), the artist escaped to one of the city’s finest restaurants, Thomas Keller’s Per Se.
Metro Pictures took over the eatery for the evening, inviting artists, collectors, lenders, friends and family for dinner and dancing, said co-owner Helene Winer. They included Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Robert Longo, Louise Lawler, Elizabeth Peyton, Michael Stipe, Molly Ringwald, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.
Witty dishes, such as fried chicken “nuggets” and the “BLT” (the quotations are Keller’s) fit the artist known for her many guises. The advantage of partying at Per Se is that you know everything on the menu will be a hit. This one included white truffle popcorn, skewers of spiced Elysian Fields Farm lamb, and butterscotch caramels.
On Wednesday, the Asia Society transported a group of patrons to a time when art and poetry flourished in northern India. The occasion was a tour of the exhibition “Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857,” led by its curators, William Dalrymple and Yuthika Sharma.
Dalrymple, a historian, author and critic, described Brits who were so enamored of the ruling Mughals they gave up pork, took Mughal wives and became great patrons of their art. It ended badly, though, with the Brits kicking out the Mughals.
Guests wielded magnifying glasses to view the miniature art.
“The Mughals painted with single-hair squirrel brushes,” Sharma, an art historian, said casually, as if that were not an amazing fact.
Last night brought the Hebrew Free Loan Society’s Next Generation benefit on the roof of the Empire Hotel. The organization provides interest-free loans for education, small businesses and other needs of recent immigrants.
Eitan Hochster, who works in private equity at Invus Financial Advisors, and other volunteers remodeled the student loans, to determine long-term costs under various assumptions.
“Modeling is a normal work pattern for us, but not necessarily for the staff,” he said.
Nearby two friends fought over a hockey stick signed by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, a raffle prize.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)