On Tuesday night, Whitechapel Gallery and Whitewall Magazine celebrated the appointment of Lauren Prakke as the new Chairman of Whitechapel patrons. The event was thrown with the support of Beluga Noble Russian Vodka at the Delano Beach Club. Notable guests included Prakke, founder of Whitewall Magazine Michael Klug, director of Whitechapel Gallery Iwona Blazwick, Kyle deWoody, artist Grimanesa Amoros, Kristin McMenamy, Chris Dercon, and Ivor Braka to name a few.
Prakke has long been an advocate for young art enthusiasts and founded both Tate Young patrons and Whitechapel Gallery’s First Futures. First Futures is a new membership program through Whitechapel for young art patrons and features visits to artists’ studios and private collections, as well as special dinners and events.
Party guests sipped on Beluga Vodka cocktails (served by entirely white-clad cocktail waitresses) and enjoyed light installations by House of Nobleman and a performance installation by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich. Pavlov-Andreevich’s piece, Egobox, featured the artist himself in a large white box with only his head exposed. Without his hands, guests enjoyed feeding him drinks and even tried to balance things like cubs and yoga mats on his head.