New York is known for many things. High up on that list are its central roles in the art world, and in the world of nightlife. So it makes sense that the Museum of Arts and Design would bring those two together. Starting this summer, MAD invites you to join THE FUN, a “fellowship in the social practice of nightlife” — what we understand to be funding the dreams of hedonists of a very special avant-garde.
Nightlife plays a major role in fueling the creative impulses of the art scene, anyway — Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf were lighting up Club 57 with Madonna in the ‘80s, Warhol had the Rainbow Room, and everyone was at Max’s Kansas City, after all.
Most of the Fun Fellowship recipients this year have names harder to pronounce than Apichatpong Weerasethakul and very high-concept visions of debauchery — the likes of which would please the perennially blazé Stefon of “Saturday Night Live.”. Take FCKNLZ, a Red Hook-based “beauty and lifestyle artist collective” that has, in the past, given manicures to the guests of circuit parties. The group is paying homage to the early ‘90s golden era of New York nightlife by reenacting club kid appearances on the daytime talk shows of the moment (the likes of quality journalists Donahue, Geraldo, and Jenny Jones).
Another FUN fellow is the four-member, semi-anonymous collective CHERYL, which is frequently found wearing cat masks. They’re taking to a party van that will stage mobile dance parties to disrupt the crowds waiting in line at more traditional venues, promising “the joyous power of dance-induced psychosis/euphoria.” Certainly sounds like fun to us.
For more information on these and other proposals, check MAD’s Web site.
— Janelle Zara