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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 25 is the culminating event of the Montez at Mathew 2017 Summer Program titled “The Only Thing That’s New is Us.” Following the exhibition, all work will be translated into an artist book to be released in 2018 in conjunction with next year’s summer program. Whitney Claflin will be presenting new sections of her infamous game Impulse. Montez is the London-based publisher of SALT among other books and magazines. For a full list of participants click here.
“The Only Thing That’s New is Us”
Whitney Claflin for Montez at Matthew
August 25 7-9pm
47 Canal Street
New York, New York 10002