What do Marina Abramovic, Gonkar Gyatso, Roy Lichtenstein, and Keith Haring have in common? They all came to my lovely friend Ryan’s 25th birthday party… in the form of her dear friends.
Let’s start off with the invitation:
Brilliantly creative, right? The text next to the audio icon is the address but blurred for obvious reasons.
Apart from Halloween, I don’t remember the last time I dressed up for a party. From meticulously painting dots to resemble a Roy Lichtenstein painting to placing stickers on one’s body to recreate Gonkar Gyatso’s sticker works, it was like being in a museum or gallery while tripping on magic mushrooms, with the paintings coming to life (and drinking alcohol). As the birthday girl was Peggy Guggenheim, she didn’t need to sit back and admire her “collection,” but actually mingle with it. What if the actual artists and actual works were able to speak to each other? (Which reminds me of the popular question, “If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would you pick?”)* Could you imagine the social context of these human relations?! What exactly would Vincent van Gogh (with the bandaged ear) say to one of Keith Haring’s characters? Would Frida Kahlo and Marina Abramovic get along? Who would win at a beer ping pong game?!
Check out these artists and art works and see if you can guess who and what they depict…
* I’d choose Pontius Pilot, Adolf Hitler, Pope John Paul II, and Isaac Newton** (I wouldn’t say much but see if they can sort out their differences.)
**subject to change