2019 Guggenheim Young Collectors Party Is About To Get Kinky On The Upper East Side

Image courtesy of Guggenheim Museum’s  Instagram

Image courtesy of Guggenheim Museum’s Instagram

The 2019 Guggenheim Young Collectors Party will be held on April 11th, 2019 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Karsten Sollors will DJ, while guests will have the opportunity to view the much hyped-about Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now. From the early hours of the evening to midnight, the event will feature performative intervention in the museum’s iconic rotunda.

Image courtesy of Guggenheim Museum’s  Instagram

Image courtesy of Guggenheim Museum’s Instagram

Robert Mapplethorpe – Self Portrait, 1980, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Robert Mapplethorpe – Self Portrait, 1980, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

The performances will be choreographed by artist Brendan Fernandes. Fernandes uses what he calls “ballet kink” to explore notions of power, desire, and labor. He draws inspiration from classical ballet to modern dance, and he is also influenced by fetish clubs and the Japanese bondage art of shibari.

Image courtesy of  Brendan Fernandes Studio .

Image courtesy of Brendan Fernandes Studio.

The evening will begin with a seated dinner in The Wright. The Young Collectors Council, event co-chairs, host committee members, and artists whose work is represented in the Guggenheim collection through acquisitions of the YCC Art Fund will be in attendance. Afterwards, guests will mingle, dance, and celebrate around the rotunda. The funds raised will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the YCC Art Fund, which has notoriously supported the acquisition of more than 140 works by contemporary artists over the last 20 years.  

By Maria Fernanda Gonzalez
Maria is a media creative based in NYC.

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