The problem with any good party is that it always ends too early. Last Friday, Neuehouse partnered with Creative Time to find the ideal solution to this age-old quandary on the occasion of their annual Fall Ball: a sleepover. Guests turned up at NeueHouse’s Madison Square property, clad in their finest slumber party attire (which, in artist Dustin Yellin’s case, entailed nearly nothing) to enjoy 12 hours of food, drink, performance, art installations and a smorgasbord of artist-run activities.
A potent cocktail at the Absolut Elyx molecular bar (hosted by mixologist Alex Ott) was a delicious way to loosen up before testing one’s art knowledge at Sebatian Errazuriz’s Pictionary challenge. Errazuriz challenged participants to “guess the artist” from his crude depictions in 30 seconds or less, an easy feat for Creative Time’s art-minded guest list. Meanwhile, Vanity Projects’ manicurists had set up shop, offering Will Cotton-inspired nail art (Cotton was on hand to approve each mini-masterpiece). Tom Sachs’ rice and beans cart was a big hit, as was Raul de Nieves’ karaoke lounge. Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker’s pop music critic, was stationed behind the DJ booth, breaking only for performances by Andrew Kuo’s psych-rock jam band Hex Message and the always-theatrical Citizens Band.
As the night wore on, things got delightfully strange. David Colman and his team of “officers” strip-searched attendees, commanding them to remove articles of clothing until they verbally resisted. Entitled Zip, The risqué interactive art piece was a commentary on the NSA’s encroachment on our personal privacy. In the foyer, an impromptu game of spin the bottle (or, if we’re going to get technical, spin the salad tong) emerged. Onlookers munched on pizza, the perfect 1am snack.
Weary from dancing, guests retired to the basement, where rows of cots had been assembled under the glow of Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s short film, The Floating Chain. After a white Russian from the adjacent milk bar, it was time for a snooze.
At 8am guests were awoken with a commanding “Get up!” and served Matcha, a Japanese solution to their inevitable hangovers. After a tasty breakfast courtesy of Lower East Side’s healthy hot spot Dimes, and a quick yoga session led by Grey Area, the brave partiers who lasted until daybreak were ready to take on their Saturdays… or head back to their quiet apartments for a few hours of shut-eye before returning to Neuehouse for Creative Time’s dance party.