Scene Last Night: Whitney Gala

  1. Calvin Tomkins

    Calvin Tomkins

    The Whitney Museum of American Art turned a former bus depot into a colorful party space for its fall gala on Wednesday.

    Calvin Tomkins, writer and honoree of the Whitney's gala, with Cristina Donnelly, great granddaughter of Gerald and Sarah Murphy, left, and his wife, Dodie Kazanjian, director of Gallery Met. Tomkins is the author of a memoir about the Murphys, "Living Well Is The Best Revenge," which guests received as a parting gift. -- Amanda Gordon

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    Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  2. Tim Armstrong and Adam Weinberg

    Tim Armstrong and Adam Weinberg

    Tim Armstrong, CEO and chairman, AOL Inc., and Adam Weinberg, director, Whitney Museum of American Art. Photographer: Jeff Kearns/Bloomberg

  3. Matthew Ernst, Fairfax Dorn, Sean Daly and Lacey Dorn

    Matthew Ernst, Fairfax Dorn, Sean Daly and Lacey Dorn

    Matthew Ernst, screenwriter; Fairfax Dorn, co-founder and executive director of Ballroom Marfa and a Whitney museum trustee, Sean Daly, actor, and Lacey Dorn, filmmaker. Photographer: Jeff Kearns/Bloomberg

  4. Bar Rafaeli

    Bar Rafaeli

     Model Bar Rafaeli in Marchesa. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  5. Atmosphere


    The rough space was a nod to the Whitney's own big construction project, a new museum building in the Meatpacking District. Photographer: Jeff Kearns/Bloomberg

  6. Michelle Monaghan

    Michelle Monaghan

     Actress Michelle Monaghan, whose latest film is "Machine Gun Preacher," wearing Marchesa. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  7. Coco Rocha

    Coco Rocha

    Coco Rocha. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg
  8. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Thelma Golden

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Thelma Golden

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor, and Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  9. The Gala Dining Room

    The Gala Dining Room

    The gala dining room. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  10. Strategic Lighting

    Strategic Lighting

    Strategic lighting made the structural beams of the former bus depot party-ready. Photographer: Jeff Kearns/Bloomberg

  11. Christo


    Christo. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  12. Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

    Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

    Art dealer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  13. Michelle Monaghan, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman and Bar Rafaeli

    Michelle Monaghan, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman and Bar Rafaeli

     Michelle Monaghan, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa, and model Bar Rafaeli. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  14. Ken Griffin and Anne Dias Griffin

    Ken Griffin and Anne Dias Griffin

    Ken Griffin, CEO, Citadel LLC, and Anne Dias Griffin, managing partner, Aragon Global Managment LLC and a Whitney trustee. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  15. Bill Miller and Marilyn Minter

    Bill Miller and Marilyn Minter

    Bill Miller and artist Marilyn Minter. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  16. Minter's Video Installation

    Minter's Video Installation

    Minter created a video installation for the event consisting of letters falling in slow motion into a pool of liquid. "The letters spell out 'Whitney,'" Minter said. "It's the Whitney making a big splash." Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  17. Julie Mehretu

    Julie Mehretu

     Artist Julie Mehretu, whose mural decorates the lobby of Goldman Sachs's building in Lower Manhattan. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  18. Rosamond Bernier

    Rosamond Bernier

    Rosamond Bernier, "the world's most glamorous lecturer on art and high culture," wrote Calvin Tomkins in a New Yorker profile. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  19. Mirrored tabletops

    Mirrored tabletops

    Mirrored tabletops were part of the décor by Bronson Van Wyck. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  20. Rirkrit Tiravanija

    Rirkrit Tiravanija

    Artist Rirkrit Tiravanija has cooked and served meals in galleries as part of his installations. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  21. Emily Sussman and Laurie Tisch

    Emily Sussman and Laurie Tisch

    Emily Sussman, co-director of government affairs, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, with her mother, Laurie Tisch, founder and president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Sussman shows off her Prada dress, which she wore to her high school prom.  Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  22. Fitz & The Tantrums

    Fitz & The Tantrums

    Fitz & The Tantrums. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  23. Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon

    Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon

    Paul Arnhold, who's chairing a junior gala for Ballet Hispanico on Oct. 20, and Wes Gordon, fashion designer. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

  24. Whoopie Pies

    Whoopie Pies

    Late in the party waiters served neon whoopie pies. There were also bowls filled with black licorice. Photographer: Jeff Kearns/Bloomberg

  25. The After Party

    The After Party

    The crowd switched over to a younger set for the after party. Photographer: Jeff Kearns/Bloomberg