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On October 11, Allison Leigh Barker inaugurated her new gallery space on the lower east side, ABXY, with a VIP opening event. In attendance were artists like Grave Guzman, Sam Fryer, Vernon O’Meally, Malik Roberts, Zeehan Wazed, and Corey Wash, as well as MeLo-X, John Mahdessian, Donna D’Cruz, and Costanza Capuano.
The Other Festival was held at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn October 14 and 15, a two-day event of talks and live performances. Notable panelists included Lauren Chan, Philomena Kwao, Mariah Chase, Becca McCharren, Anna Castellani, Amanda Hesser, Jenna Lyons, Laura Brown, and others. Musical performances by Baby Yors, Ravyn Lenae, Tangina Stone, Flint Eastwood, Jess Best, and Alex English, capped off the weekend.
Storm King Art Center held its annual gala dinner and live auction at the Rainbow Room on October 18, hosted by Storm King Art Center President John P. Stern, and Director and Chief Curator David R. Collens. The evening honored artist Joel Shapiro and the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation. An inaugural Gala After Party followed the dinner with signature cocktails, music by DJ April Hunt, and guests like Sarah Sze, Dustin Yellin, Alyson Shotz, Maya Lin, Cathy & Peter Halstead, Adam Weinberg.
Wednesday night also saw the opening event for Toyin Ojih Odutola’s exhibition at The Whitney. “To Wander Determined” is the artist’s first solo museum show in New York, curated by Rujeko Hockley and Melinda Lang. Ojih Odutola was celebrated by guests like Nina Chanel Abney, Zoe Buckman, Hank Willis Thomas, Thelma Golden, Adam Weinberg, and more. The exhibition is sponsored by Audi of America, with support by John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, Jackson Tang, and Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi.
The Brooklyn Museum hosted the Yes! Gala on Thursday, October 19, presenting the 2017 Sackler Center First Awards. Museum director Anne Pasternak welcomed over 350 guests, including Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Morrison, Laura Flanders, Jessica Williams, Sarah Arison, Leslie Puth, and so many others. The evening honored Judy Chicago, Deborah Berke, Jodi Archambault Gillette, Carol Jenkins, Roberta Kaplan, Kathy Kusner, Ruth Simmons, and the team behind Our Bodies, Ourselves.
In downtown Manhattan on Thursday night, Bill Powers hosted the second of his new “One Night Only” artist series, this time with Paul Sevigny. Every few Thursdays, Powers presents a show of one artist, whose works are for sale for just four hours. Held at André Saraiva‘s Café Henrie, Sevigny’s “Sunday Painter” included 15 pieces. This was his first time ever showing his paintings, which he’s been making since his twenties when he was in art school in Charleston.