Ed Fornieles New York New York Happy Happy

Sky Room, New Museum, 235 Bowery MAP
$50 - $5,000

New York New York Happy Happy (NY NY HP HP) is a gala by Ed Fornieles, conceived as a fully immersive environment which can only be experienced by those who participate. Taking cues from more flexible notions of identity now commonly explored online, and from television formats in which dramatic events are assisted or prompted by directors and producers, this event will give guests license to adopt a heightened persona developed in conversation with the artist, and to lose themselves in a social drama. With inspiration coming from moments in cinema and television in which New York plays itself — from American Psycho to Gossip Girl — and from events staged with their online afterlife in mind, Fornieles collapses the separation between surface performance and interior self, encouraging these to blend and clash as the evening runs its spiraling course. Upon purchasing tickets, participants will be contacted by the artist and given specific cues to be performed over the course of this dizzying event, where charity and glamour collide.

Ticket Levels:
Bronze ($50): Admission for one + conversation with the artist
Silver ($100): Admission for one + access to VIP area + bronze-level benefits
Gold ($250): Admission for one + public acknowledgment at the event + silver-level benefits
Platinum ($500): Admission for three + dedicated arm candy for the event, any gender + option to play yourself + gold-level benefits
Black ($5,000, limit one): You will be the evening’s honoree

NY NY HP HP is commissioned by Rhizome, the leading organization supporting contemporary art engaged with technology, as part of the Performa Consortium. Proceeds will benefit Rhizome’s 2013–14 programming. Ticket costs over $45 are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.