The Week in Art: Free Arts Honors Taryn Simon and the ICP Infinity Awards

Here’s a rundown of some of this week’s art-scene highlights.

Free Arts NYC 18th Annual Art Auction at the Ukrainian Institute of America
Three floors of art and revelry marked the Free Arts NYC Art Auction on April 26, which honored Taryn Simon. The artist was on hand to share work created under her tutelage by students in Free Arts mentoring programs for underserved youth and families.

“Now that I’m creating art too, I like feeling proud of myself and feeling more confident,” said one of the students who presented Simon with the award.

“Taryn’s been such a pioneer for arts education for so long,” Free Arts art advisory board member Michelle Hellman Cohen told artnet News, pointing out that “it’s such a crucial time for arts education.”

“She actually spent two days working with Free Arts teens” added Liz Hopfan, the organization’s founder and executive director, describing the project, which involved consider how other people look at and interpret images, as “an amazing educational experience.”

Guests on the night included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Waris Ahluwalia, Sarah Arison, Chloe Wise, Zoe Buckman, Claire Distenfeld and Thelma Golden, who enjoyed glasses of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne and portrait drawing sessions from illustrator Justin Teodoro.

Rashid Johnson and Taryn Simon at the Free Arts NYC 18th Annual Art Auction at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Image courtesy Free Arts NYC Facebook.

Rashid Johnson and Taryn Simon at the Free Arts NYC 18th Annual Art Auction at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Image courtesy Free Arts NYC Facebook.

Maggie Gyllenhaal at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Maggie Gyllenhaal at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Emmy Rossum at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Emmy Rossum at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Marlies Verhoeven, Waris Ahluwalia, and Tara Summers at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Marlies Verhoeven, Waris Ahluwalia, and Tara Summers at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Free Arts student Adonai and Taryn Simon at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

Free Arts student Adonai and Taryn Simon at Free Arts NYC Art Auction. Courtesy of BFA.

ICP 33rd Annual Infinity Awards
On April 24, artists, photographers, and celebrities turned out in force for ICP’s lavish dinner and award ceremony at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers. Of the more than 500 guests in attendance, we spotted actor Tommy Lee Jones, artist Zoe Buckman, journalist and ABC news television anchor Sade Baderinwa.

Each of the seven awards presented was preceded by a short but engrossing film about the particular photographer, their practice, and the particular project associated with the award. Michael Christopher Brown, who won an award for his photobook Libyan Sugar, spoke candidly about his harrowing time in the war-torn Middle East with the late Tim Hetherington.

Other honorees included: Harry Benson (lifetime achievement); Sophie Calle (art); Michael Famighetti and Sarah Lewis (critical writing and research); Edmund Clark and Crofton Black (documentary and photojournalism); Vasantha Yogananthan (emerging photographer); and For Freedoms (online platform and new media).

Photographer Teju Cole presents an award to author Sarah Lewis and Aperture magazine editor, Michael Famighetti at The International Center of Photography's 33rd Annual Infinity Awards. Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for ICP.

Photographer Teju Cole presents an award to author Sarah Lewis and Aperture magazine editor, Michael Famighetti at The International Center of Photography’s 33rd Annual Infinity Awards. Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for ICP.

A guest, ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell, and photographer Harry Benson attend The International Center of Photography's 33rd Annual Infinity Awards Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for ICP.

A guest, ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell, and photographer Harry Benson attend The International Center of Photography’s 33rd Annual Infinity Awards Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for ICP.

Photographer Sophie Calle accepts an award onstage at The International Center of Photography's 33rd Annual Infinity Awards (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ICP)

Photographer Sophie Calle accepts an award onstage at The International Center of Photography’s 33rd Annual Infinity Awards (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ICP)

News anchor Sade Baderinwa (L) Publishing director, Hearst Magazines Michael A. Clinton attend The International Center of Photography's 33rd Annual Infinity Awards (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ICP)

News anchor Sade Baderinwa (L) Publishing director, Hearst Magazines Michael A. Clinton attend The International Center of Photography’s 33rd Annual Infinity Awards (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ICP)

Galerie Perrotin Unveils New Gallery at 13 Orchard Street
Gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin unveiled his biggest gallery of his career—which began in 1989—on the Lower East Side on April 27 with “Iván Argote: La Venganza.” Iván Argote was just one of the artists from the gallery’s stable on hand for the event. Also in attendance were JR, Daniel Arsham, KAWS, and Sophie Calle, in town for her Creative Time project, debuting April 29 at Brooklyn’s Green Wood Cemetery.

Music star Pharrell Williams, whose design work is represented by Perrotin, was also there, joining crowds as they perused the exhibition before climbing the stairs to see the still-under-construction second and third floors, scheduled to be completed in November. The party continued on the rooftop, with drinks in the misty twilight.

Brian Donnely, Daniel Arsham, Emmanuel Perrotin, Ivan Argote, and JR at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Brian Donnely, Daniel Arsham, Emmanuel Perrotin, Ivan Argote, and JR at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Ivan Argote, Pharrell Williams, and Emmanuel Perrotin at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Ivan Argote, Pharrell Williams, and Emmanuel Perrotin at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Guests on the roof at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Guests on the roof at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Marc Azoulay and Marie Salome Peyronnel at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Marc Azoulay and Marie Salome Peyronnel at the opening of the new Galerie Perrotin on the Lower East Side. Courtesy BFA.

Drawing Center 40th Anniversary Gala at Capitale
In honor of its 40th birthday, friends and supporters of the Drawing Center gathered on April 25. One artist was chosen to represent each decade of the institution’s history: Marcel Dzama, Teresita Fernández, R.H. Quaytman, and Rashid Johnson (the only one of the four who did not have his first solo show at the Drawing Center).

The artist honorees were joined at the event by the likes of Tom Finkelpearl (commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs), Agnus Gund, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Frances Adler, David Zwirner, Marian Goodman, Brett Gorvy, and artists Pat Steir, Lorna Simpson, Will Cotton, Eddie Martinez, Natalie Frank, and Judith Bernstein.

Brett Littman, Galia Stawski, Claire Gilman, and Rhiannon Kubicka at the Drawing Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala. Hunter Abrams/BFA.

Alexis Rockman and Dorothy Spears at the Drawing Center's 40th Anniversary Gala. Hunter Abrams/BFA.

Alexis Rockman and Dorothy Spears at the Drawing Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala. Hunter Abrams/BFA.

Rashid Johnson, Teresita Fernández, Marcel Dzama, R.H. Quaytman at the Drawing Center's 40th Anniversary Gala. Hunter Abrams/BFA.

Rashid Johnson, Teresita Fernández, Marcel Dzama, R.H. Quaytman at the Drawing Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala. Hunter Abrams/BFA.

Queens Museum Annual Gala
At its gala on April 17, the Queens Museum honored Katrina M. Adams, CEO and president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), in thanks of the organization’s work to support the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home to the museum. Guests included Queens Museum executive director Laura Raicovich, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, and actor Lee Byun-hun.

The highlight was performing artist and composer Abby Dobson rendition of “Queens Anthem,” composed by Emiliano Branda in response to submissions from members of the local community of their sound-based memories of the borough, including protest songs.

The Queens Museum Gala. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by William Ragozzino, Scott Rudd Photography.

The Queens Museum Gala. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by William Ragozzino, Scott Rudd Photography.

Laura Raicovich and Rirkrit Tiravanija at the Queens Museum Gala. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by William Ragozzino, Scott Rudd Photography.

Laura Raicovich and Rirkrit Tiravanija at the Queens Museum Gala. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by William Ragozzino, Scott Rudd Photography.

Sable Elyse Smith, Ronny Quevedo, and Elia Alba at the Queens Museum Gala. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by William Ragozzino, Scott Rudd Photography.

Sable Elyse Smith, Ronny Quevedo, and Elia Alba at the Queens Museum Gala. Courtesy the Queens Museum. Photo by William Ragozzino, Scott Rudd Photography.

Collective Design Celebrates Five Years at Clocktower at EDITION
On April 26, New York’s Collective Design fair celebrated its upcoming fifth edition (May 3–7) with a dinner at the (fittingly named) EDITION Hotel. Guests included artists Jose Parla, Chloe Wise, Daniel Arsham, Steven Ladd, Nir Hod, and Fernando Mastrangelo; the Jewish Museum’s JiaJia Fei; Metropolitan Museum of Art decorative arts curator Christian Larsen; and art Instagram star Pari Ehsan.

Jose Parla and Daniel Arsham at the Collective Design Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Courtesy of BFA.

Jose Parla and Daniel Arsham at the Collective Design Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Courtesy of BFA.

Daniel Arsham, Jose Parla, Jillian Choi, Ben Pundole, and Tansy Kaschak at the Collective Design Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Courtesy of BFA.

Daniel Arsham, Jose Parla, Jillian Choi, Ben Pundole, and Tansy Kaschak at the Collective Design Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Courtesy of BFA.

Chloe Wise at the Collective Design Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Courtesy of BFA.

Chloe Wise at the Collective Design Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Courtesy of BFA.

Skowhegan’s 46th Annual Awards Dinner at the Plaza Hotel
More than 500 guests, including artists, curators, and collectors turned out to support Skowhegan’s artist residency program at the school’s April 25 awards dinner, including Agnes Gund, Michael Xufu Huang, Mia Locks, Darren Walker, Thelma Golden, and Christopher Y. Lew.

The night honored Jack Whitten, the Studio Museum in Harlem and William T. Williams, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and its Chairman and CEO, Charles C. Bergman. Hank Willis Thomas, Alex Katz, Chris Ofili, and Polly Apfelbaum sold limited-edition works at a pop-up shop, the Metropolis Ensemble performed.

Richard Born, Jennifer Gerut, Rena Hoffman, Debbie Born, and Caroline Gleser at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Courtesy of Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.

Richard Born, Jennifer Gerut, Rena Hoffman, Debbie Born, and Caroline Gleser at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Courtesy of Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.

Sarah Workneh, Thelma Golden, Charles C. Bergman, and William T. Williams at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Courtesy of Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.

Sarah Workneh, Thelma Golden, Charles C. Bergman, and William T. Williams at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Courtesy of Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.

Veronica Bulgari, Stephanie Hunt, guest, Cecilia Artacho Oh, Sloan Klevin at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Courtesy of Jared Siskin ©Patrick McMullan.

Veronica Bulgari, Stephanie Hunt, guest, Cecilia Artacho Oh, Sloan Klevin at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Courtesy of Jared Siskin ©Patrick McMullan.

Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists Book Launch at Fulton Street Key Foods, Brooklyn 
A Brooklyn supermarket set the unlikely stage on April 27 for the release of Julia Sherman’s Salad for President cookbook (out May 16), in which she asks artists to share their favorite salad recipes. The author’s local grocery store, Key Foods, played a key role in the book’s creation. Guests included artists Tauba Auerbach (who has a recipe in the book) and Lorna Simpson, as well as Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Christina Muhlke.

The photo booth was stocked with giant papier-mâché lettuce masks, and guests were encouraged to shop and donate the groceries to charity. There was also a dance floor and music from DJ Chances With Wolves and cocktails by Arley Marks Drinks.

Julia Sherman at the <em>Salad for President</em> release party. Courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.

Julia Sherman at the Salad for President release party. Courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.

Laila Gohar, Joana Avillez, Julia Sherman,Thessaly La Force, and Alexxa Gotthardt at the <em>Salad for President</em> release party. Courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.

Laila Gohar, Joana Avillez, Julia Sherman, Thessaly La Force, and Alexxa Gotthardt at the Salad for President release party. Courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.

Key Food staff at the <em>Salad for President</em> release party. Courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.

Key Food staff at the Salad for President release party. Courtesy of Laura June Kirsch.

The Tang Dynasty Ball at the Asia Society
The Asia Society celebrated its “Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia” exhibition (through June 4) with a gala on April 27. Guests included The Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad and event co-chairs Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang. The event was inspired by the multiculturalism of the Tang dynasty (618–906), a period that saw the exchange of fashion, food, music, and other commodities between China, Southeast Asia, and the Islamic Middle East.

Oscar Tang (gala co-chair), Agnes Hsu-Tang (gala co-chair), HRH Princess Jeet Nabha Khemka, and Nand Khemk at the Tang Dynasty Ball. Courtesy of the Asia Society/Ellen Wallop.

Oscar Tang (gala co-chair), Agnes Hsu-Tang (gala co-chair), HRH Princess Jeet Nabha Khemka, and Nand Khemk at the Tang Dynasty Ball. Courtesy of the Asia Society/Ellen Wallop.

Lieba Nesis and Phylicia Rashad at the Tang Dynasty Ball. Courtesy of the Asia Society/Ellen Wallop.

Lieba Nesis and Phylicia Rashad at the Tang Dynasty Ball. Courtesy of the Asia Society/Ellen Wallop.

A guest enjoys the post-dinner dancing to the sounds of the George Gee Orchestra at the Tang Dynasty Ball. Courtesy of the Asia Society/Ellen Wallop.

A guest enjoys the post-dinner dancing to the sounds of the George Gee Orchestra at the Tang Dynasty Ball. Courtesy of the Asia Society/Ellen Wallop.

Additional reporting by Eileen Kinsella.

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