Photo: Christos Katsiaouni/Creative Time
Last night, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were honored by Creative Time, the arts non-profit responsible for Sophie Calle’s current installation at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, as well as past projects by Kara Walker, Nick Cave, and Pedro Reyes. The event, which was held inside a half-finished shopping mall in downtown Brooklyn, drew guests like Chloe Sevigny, Abby Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Mia Moretti, Waris Ahluwalia, and Patrick Wilson.
“Carol and Humberto are really thoughtful fashion folks, and sometimes organizations decide to honor older folks, but they’re my generation, I went to undergrad with Humberto,” confessed Creative Time artistic director Nato Thompson. “We hung out with the same circle of people and knew each other. One of the artists here, Trevor Paglen, also went to school with us, and we were friends. Humberto was making, at the time, shower curtains with Smurfs on them. And Trevor was in a death metal band. And I was putting on all these anarchist political shows. And we’re all still kind of doing the same thing.”
In addition to shoppers on their monthly Target pilgrimages peering eagerly past the velvet ropes, the evening included large ice figures designed by Jordan Wolfson commissioned specifically for the event by Leon and Lim. The sculptures paid homage to Wolfson’s most famous works, including his terrifying 2014 dancing female robot creature, which is somehow just as freaky when carved from ice and immobilized. “They came to us with the idea to work with Jordan and to make these ice sculptures, and quite honestly I didn’t know how they’d turn out — you never really do. But I think they look really good,” said Thompson.
The event also served as the unofficial unveiling of Creative Time’s new project, “Pledges of Allegiance“, which features flags by artists including Marilyn Minter, Tania Bruguera, Trevor Paglen, and Vik Muniz. A selection of flags will be flown on Flag Day, and until June 30, you’ll be able to buy t-shirts with the flags printed on them at — where else? — Opening Ceremony.