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Topical Cream was honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Gretchen Bender at Red Bull Arts.

Provisions were provided by Spiral Theory Test Kitchen, a self-described queer cooking collective helmed by artists Precious Okoyomon’s, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Quori Theodor, MK, and Kaijja Xiao.
The gathering was to celebrate the video artists legacy IRL and to allow New York artists and writers who might not be familiar with her work the opportunity to be present in her space. Like the best underground dinner parties, the guest of honor was unannounced — Bart, Precious Okoyomon’s pet eel sat perched at the end of the table, slowly swimming back and forth as friends and family got to know each other better.

Guests sat next to Gretchen Bender’s “People in Pain,” 1988 a large installation composed of black vinyl and blue neon which features every movie title which was in production during a six month period between 1987-1988.

Spiral Theory Test Kitchen served dusted red snapper, and the guests ended the night with Loquat Panna Cotta with honey ants and orchid sugar served in a Red Bull can.


Dese Escobar and Natasha Stagg


Precious Okoyomon and Quori Theodor of Sprial Theory Test Kitchen.


Rachel Hahn and Colleen O’Connor


Lyndsy Welgos & Seashell Coker


The final event of the evening was a private screening of Bender’s massive installation “Total Recall.”

Topical Cream’s friends and family gathered at 50 Bowery rooftop bar to celebrate our 6th anniversary.
Flaunt Magazine picked up the story. Sahra Motalebi’s booming operatic voice greeted our guests, who had to walk through the massive blacked out space to reach the elevator and the party on the top floor.

Nicole Eisenman and Theresa Chromati were honored with custom Ilegal Mezcal cocktails and Whitney Fred, Ren G, Dese Escobar, and Venus X DJ’d. The party mood was gothic Miami with hot pink lighting surrounding palm tree, while friends of Topical Cream arrived in their very best club looks to for the occasion.


Lyndsy Welgos, Avena Gallagher


Nicole Eisenman and friends sip on her custom Mezcal cocktail of Mezcal on the rocks, designed by Topical Cream. The artist added “clam juice” to perfect the recipe.


Venus X headlined the birthday party in an amazing fringe cowgirl jacket.


Topical Cream friends and family.


Party hostsesses Marcella Zimmermann and Lyndsy Welgos smile for a pic.


Dese Escobar DJ’d into the night.


Founder Lyndsy Welgos, creates a fire parade for the Topical Cream birthday cake for our 400 or so guests.


Theresa Chromati hanging out with artist Devin n Morris.


Ren G on deck.


50 Bowery features two giant rooftop lounges for guests to take a break from the dancefloor.

Photography by Alyssa Weilenman

Please join Topical Cream to celebrate six years of advocacy of women and gender non-conforming individuals in contemporary art. Thank you to Ilegal Mezcal for providing the drinks. This event is free and open to the public.

Topical Cream 6th Anniversary Party
50 Bowery (rooftop)
New York, New York
Wednesday, May 1st
9 pm to 1 am
rsvp@culturalcounsel.com

Last week, we gathered under the hypnotic lights of the New York skyline at the Top of the Standard to commemorate the closing of our second annual benefit auction, powered by Artsy.


One of our signature cocktails from the party was “the 30%,” featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka with passionfruit, lime, and champagne topped with an orchid garnish. Crafted by Angela Dimayuga and Ashley Santoro.

Dressed in a cream Telfar pantsuit styled by Avena Gallagher, singer Xhosa opened the evening with a solemn piano solo of John Lennon’s Imagine, followed by an energetic performance by musician Joe Heffernan. A cool line-up of DJs kept the party going including Whitney Claflin, Eartheater, DeSe, and New York legend Venus X, there to support Topical Cream’s mission.


Singer Xhosa serenades the audience with her jewel-toned voice and infectious melodies.


Musician and DJ Eartheater enjoying the party before her DJ set.


Musician Joe Heffernan performs at Topical Cream’s auction closing party at the Top of the Standard.

Even the drinks were created to bring attention to Topical Cream’s pursuits, representative of how only 30% of artists with gallery representation identify as women or gnc. Signature cocktails crafted by Angela Dimaguya and Ashley Santoro featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka were appropriately titled “the 30%” by TC founder Lyndsy Welgos. Besides Tito’s, Topical Cream partnered with Moodbeli who offered their adaptogen blend, Semiotext(E) who donated several titles, and elvis + elvin, who sent their iconic Lilac Stem Cell Treatment Masks. These gifts aimed to keep revelers healthy long past the auction’s closing bell.

Featured in attendance were Lyndsy Welgos, Leilah Weinraub, Felix Burrichter, Katy Brandes, Whitney Mallett, Marcella Zimmermann, Janiva Ellis, Lena Henke, Willa Nasatir, Cajsa von Zeipel, and many more artists from the auction as well our advisory board members and long-time friends of Topical Cream. All party-goers danced the night away some winning the works they’d hoped for through Venus X’s DJ set, topping off the party with a palpable electric energy.


DJ Venus X tops off the night with an energetic set creating a timeless atmosphere of celebration.

Featured in attendance were artists from the auction as well our advisory board and long-time friends of Topical Cream. A steady incline emerged starting with the DJs climbing up to the performances, setting a tone of excitement and eccentricity enhanced through the rooftop club’s otherworldly aesthetic. All party-goers dancing together formed a timeless sense of fun that only continued on through Venus X’s DJ set, topping off the electric energy that was palpable in the air that night.


Ruth Gruca of CALA, artist Analisa Teachworth, and friend with their “30%” cocktails.


Artist Ser Serpas in attendance with a friend.


Artist and first DJ of the night Whitney Claflin arrives to the party at the Top of the Standard.


Yulu Serao poses with her Topical Cream giftbag featuring goodies from Moodbeli, Semiotext(E), and elvis + elvin.

Join us in celebrating the closing of our second annual benefit auction, powered by Artsy, with an evening of music and performance at the Top of the Standard. Thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Angela Dimaguya, and Ashley Santoro, guests can enjoy our signature cocktail called “the 30%” drawing attention to the fact that only 30% of artists with gallery representation are women or gnc.

Lonely Boys are Daphne Ahlers and Rosa Rendl – an artist collective which has performed together since 2010. The duo has stated “Lonely Boys hopes to explore new ways of creating music which is embedded in contemporary culture and resists trite modes of representations.” The artpop-duo is known for their soft synthetic sound concoctions; Lonely Boys‘ new E.P. “Shadow of the World” is out now on Itunes.


 

Listen to Flourish & Thrive, the newest mix from Hitashya, the audiovisual alter ego of artist Kari (Kai) Altmann. Dive into the refreshing waters of a summer mix as we delve deeper into a season of planetary retrogrades.

 


Lyndsy Welgos and Whitney Mallett of Topical Cream and friend.

 

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We were recently covered in Broadly. The feature by UK editor Zing Tsjeng touched on our origins, particularly in response to the hegemonic narrative that women and gender non-conforming artists do not sell as well, or make art worthy enough of being seen. She also noted our contribution to the #NOTSURPRISED open letter which called for a no tolerance policy in response to Knight Landesman’s sexual misconduct; Tsjeng honed in on how we are venturing to reclaim and redefine the rigid art historical canon to propel us forward into a more inclusive future.

 

Tsjeng writes: “Topical Cream is a ‘concerted effort to change the narrative,’ [Editor Whitney] Mallett explains, adding, “I hope it gives people a space—whether that’s a space to write, a space to perform, a space to be acknowledged, or a space to just read ideas.”

 


A photo from our Edible Arrangements editorial.

 

“It is true that reading Topical Cream is a soothing journey into a slice of the art world that does not, for example, routinely underpay and undervalue women and gender non-conforming people.” -Zing Tsjeng for Broadly


Sophia Young Park performs “Pirene” at AFTERCARE on the roof of the Eyebeam HQ.

On Monday, May 14th, Topical Cream presented AFTERCARE with ICP and Eyebeam at Eyebeam’s new flagship location, 199 Cook Street in Brooklyn. The art party celebrated the conclusion of ICP and Eyebeam’s symposium “VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future.”

The event featured performances by Sophia Young Park and RAFiA SANTANA, a multimedia installation by Molly Soda, videos by FlucT x Minnie Bennett and Jacolby Satterwhite, and DJ sets by HD, Marie Karlberg, and SANTANA. The function was co-hosted by RAGGA NYC and featured lots to eat and drink including a White Label yerba maté situation.


The crowd watching Sophia Young Park’s hydro-performance.


RAFiA SANTANA performing with the artist’s own visuals.


Artists Patia Borja and Whitney Claflin at AFTERCARE.

Wide Rainbow is non-profit contemporary art after school program. They connect artists with the community of underserved neighborhoods throughout New York, focusing on hands-on workshops led by the artists, as well as artist and curator-led exhibition walkthroughs of galleries and museums.

Next Monday, May 14th, Wide Rainbow will be celebrating its third year and honoring the 85+ artists who have been part of the program. This fundraiser gala will be their first ever, along with a host of friends and family, at 99 Scott Ave. in Brooklyn.

Tickets for the event start at $250 a seat which includes a menu by Chef Dria Atencio along with a mixology menu by the one and only Arley Marks. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange is slated to give a private performance for gala attendees as well. The gala is hosted by Maia Ruth Lee, Lola Kramer, Elizabeth Jaeger, Diamond Stingily, Eliza Ryan, Morgan Connellee, Ashley Gail Harris, Bevin Butler.

Artist Dawn Kasper during a workshop with students from Girls Prep Middle School of LES?

Wide Rainbow Fundraiser Gala
Monday, May 14th
99 Scott Ave Brooklyn, Ny 11237
7pm Cocktails, 8pm Seated dinner
http://widerainbow.org/wide-rainbow-gala-2018/
rsvp@widerainbow.org