THE PRINTZ AND THE REVOLUTION PARTY
- Date: March 11, 2019
- Location: The Seagram Building
- Partner: RUINART
New York, NY – Art Production Fund celebrated its 9th Annual Gala on Monday, March 11, 2019 and raised nearly $700,000 in support of the organization’s mission to produce ambitious public art commissions and expand awareness through contemporary art. 300 guests gathered to honor Alice + Olivia CEO and Creative Director, Stacey Bendet, who has been a long-time supporter and friend of the organization, and artist Adam Pendleton who has participated in projects with APF for the past 12 years.
The Printz and the Revolution Party took place in the iconic NYC landmark, The Seagram Building. Executive Director Casey Fremont, wearing Alice + Olivia, welcomed guests in THE GRILL, where everyone sipped Ruinart Champagne and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. Carlos Rolón took commissioned portraits of guests wearing their Prints that Pop! and Sadie Barnette custom “CHANGE everything” pins. Jenny Mollen, the MC, kicked off the gala by energizing guests for the night ahead. DJ Mia Moretti’s music was followed by a special performance by The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, which led guests into dinner.
On view in THE POOL, was Sadie Barnette’s large-scale work that read “CHANGE everything”, while guests enjoyed dinner provided by Major Food Group’s Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick. The tables were set with Adam Pendleton custom napkins and hand painted ceramic centerpiece bowls, which mark Pendleton’s first foray into ceramic work.
Jenny Mollen continued to entertain guests as she welcomed Casey Fremont who thanked the honorees, commenting, “As I look around, the people, the tables, the dresses, it’s a room filled with genuine love and admiration for you both which is perfectly indicative of the love, care, and dedication that you put in to everything that you do”. Vanity Fair Special Correspondent, Amy Fine Collins, followed with a toast for her long-time friend of 16 years, Stacey Bendet. MoMA’s Erik Patton, then toasted Adam Pendleton and discussed his success as an artist. Sara Friedlander, Head of the New York Evening Sale at Christie’s, led the live auction with an aluminum cut-out by Alex Katz selling for $25,000, a large silkscreen by Adam Pendleton going for $42,500, and an Allison Zuckerman painting selling for $9,000. Experiences auctioned included a champagne tasting with Ruinart Cellar Master, Frederic Panaiotis, hammering in at $7,000, and a custom-designed dress by Stacey Bendet incorporating Adam Pendleton designs, such as the one Stacey wore, which sold for $7,000. Following the auction, Amirah Kassem’s Flour Shop explosion cakes featuring custom Adam Pendleton and classic “Stace-Face” designs ended the evening.