High Style at the Brooklyn Museum, Part 1 [food art]


The Andy Warhol Pinata before his beating. Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

Last night at the Brooklyn Museum the worlds of art, food and fashion united to celebrate High Style with a dinner curated by Jennifer Rubell, whose food-art installations have redefined benefit dinners. Below, we dish on who was there, what they did, and most importantly, what they ate.


Chloe Sevigny pulling a carrot out of the ground, an installation based on Vito Acconci's 1972 installation Seedbed. Guests were encouraged to pull carrots from the ground then wash and dry them in the adjacent room. Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

During cocktail hour, we caught Chloe Sevigny teetering over a bed of carrots inspired by Vito Acconci's 1972 Seedbed, fetching then washing and drying her hors d'oeuvre in a metal tub while balancing a Martini glass in one hand. Mario Batali arrived with his two sons and Del Posto chef Mark Lardner in tow.


Mario Batali catching on his cracker melting cheese from molded heads hanging from the ceiling. Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

Donnie Madia of Chicago's Publican went Pollock on a pile of potato chips, squeezing out paint tubes of pureed vegetables in a frenzy before retreating to the banquet buffet. Zac Posen and Diane von Furstenberg arrived fashionably late; Posen stuck to salad while von Furstenberg circled the buffet tables photographing all the evening's entrees. Meanwhile Top Chef Masters contender Marcus Samuelsson only photographed his model wife Maya Hailes.


Publican's Donnie Madia going Pollock on a mountain of potato chips, squeezing out paint tubes filled with pureed vegetables. Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

We caught up with Samuelsson to ask him about yesterday's rumor, that Samuelsson will ultimately prevail in the show's second season finale. He hadn't yet heard the news and was upset by the question refusing to repeat it to his wife when she inquired. His only comment, "I love cooking, it was fun and I was happy to be a part of it."


Marcus Samuelsson pausing to take a picture of his wife, model Maya Hailes. Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

After dinner Samuelsson and wife unwound by battering the twenty foot Warhol pinata in the Brooklyn Museum lobby, but not before Mario Batali's youngest son took the first swing, eventually spilling out Snowballs, Yodels and pink balloons. It was then we discovered Mario isn't just a great dad for taking his kids to pop art parties, but for steering them clear of preservatives too: seeing the bounty at his feet the youngest Batali shouted "I've never had a Twinkie before!"


Diane von Furstenberg circled the buffet photographing all the evening's entrees.
Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

Check back later in the day for an in-depth analysis of the installation with comments from artist Jennifer Rubell.


Batali taking a swing. The pinata was full of pink balloons and Hostess products.

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  1. These art installations are amazing. Great photos bdw.

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