Photo Gallery: Summer Art Gatherings With DJ Spooky, Yinka Shonibare, Ryan McGinness, & More!


One might think that after the Venice Biennale opened, Art Basel came and went, and the Athens Biennial added more to consider, the art world would be ready for a summer break, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. After returning from Europe, New York has offered one art event after the next.

Our first outing back was Ryan McGinness’ Practice Party, a precursor to his upcoming round of 50 Parties, an art project in the shape of fun. Held in his studio and on his rooftop — under a gorgeous sky — it was populated by a select crowd, which made conversation comfortable and making new friends easier than usual.

A few days later we found ourselves at the Museum of Modern Art for the screening of Paul D. Miller’s Rebirth of a Nation and an after-party, held in conjunction with Trace Magazine at the Austrian Cultural Center. That was followed the next night by a launch party for Kehinde Wiley’s new PowerHouse book, Black Light, at Barneys and the opening for Dan Graham’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.

The next evening was the opening of Yinka Shonibare’s traveling survey show at the Brooklyn Museum and a dinner for the Russian curator Alisa Prudnikova at Claire Oliver and Ian Rubenstein’s loft in Chelsea. The following morning we went to Governors Island for the VIP opening of PLOT/09: This World & Nearer Ones and then the next day we were on a bus to Bard for the opening of Rachel Harrison: Consider the Lobster .

A lot happened in eight days. Check out some of the people we encountered along the way in our exclusive slideshow>>