The SculptureCenter Gala was a home game. The industrial red brick proportions of the museum used to be Long Island City standard issue, but now the building looks like a kid in the wrong grade among soaring, and possibly empty, residential towers that hold value for someone. SculptureCenter remains on this block, because of how pronounced its value has been for the neighborhood and the greater New York community. Artists return year after year, decade after decade, to support its mission because they’ve seen the impact it's had on their own practices. It’s a congregation that grows. There is something intrinsically church-like about the space with its large open nave, usually the stage for the museum’s ceremonial solo shows. For yesterday evening’s festivities, the institution's first gala in years, the place was kitted out by gala whisperer Erica Sarlo with tropical clippings and LED-strip centerpieces that changed colors as the evening elapsed. As familiar faces like Rafael Domenech, Diane Severin Nguyen, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Rindon Johnson and Rujeko Hockley retired from a drinks hour on the covered portico, the lights emitted a glowing green, sending a witchy flush over strangers and friends—an ice breaker for me and Rochelle Feinstein, a Long Island City artist of abstraction. She was also meeting someone new—Hadi Falapishi, whose wonderful show at Andrew Kreps has just recently come down. Looking around, it felt like the crowd was majority artists, with a few curators peppered in here and there. I didn’t want to question the details of such an idyll.
Tishan Hsu, Carol Bove, and More Celebrate their Confounding Medium at SculptureCenter's Gala
For the Long Island City, New York, museum’s first gala in years, artists, curators, and patrons came together to honor pioneering artist Tishan Hsu.