Tonight, the annual Fall Ball from Creative Time will be held at Output. Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian are joining to ensure brilliance. There will be “Exclusive Art Experiences” presented by Absolut, Alex Da Corte, Eske Kath and Andre Saraiva, with “mind-altering music and a surprise performance presented by Helmut Lang.” Absolut is providing a four-hour open bar, but there’s a $75 admission.
The list of hosts and Creative Time Ambassadors would pack a dive bar. I stopped counting at 50. They include: my man Jon Neidich, chair and my pal Eric Adolfson (owner of The Wooly), Athena Calderone, Ben Pundole, Frankie Sharp, Waris Ahluwalia, Jiminie Ha, and well, a long list of the fabulous, young, smart set. They ask for creative and colorful dress. This will be amazing.
I caught up with Eric Adolfson and Chair Jon Neidich who co-owns Acme and asked them about it.
How did you get involved and who are the major organizational players?
Eric Adolfson: I’ve been a supporter of Creative Time since that crazy Ace party Jon mentioned. I’ve always been inspired by their pioneering and energetic approach to public art, understanding that art experiences make life richer. My friend Jon Neidich who owns ACME is on the board of Creative Time, as well as the boys from Ruffian who are helping him throw the event.
So tell me about this event?
Jon Neidich: Creative Time is the preeminent public arts organization in the country. They’re a badass nonprofit that makes sure artist’s voices are heard—because their voices are important in positively shaping society. They also have a reputation for throwing a GREAT PARTY! The Fall Ball is the ball is the younger often wilder alternative to the Creative Time spring gala. The first one I went to was a pajamas party in the lobby of the ACE hotel before it opened.
JN: When I joined the board of Creative Time, the Fall Ball was something I thought I could change for the better. In recent years the ticket price had gone up bringing the numbers attendees and their diversity down. We had accidentally priced out the cool and as a result the party had suffered. This year we wanted to get back to our old way so we slashed our tickets prices and set out to just throw a big old-fashion dance party. Output was the perfect fit having the capacity to hold us and the sound system to let us DANCE. One of the owners, Bo Pitman, and I grew up together. Bo kindly donated the space in the name of the Arts and an epic party. I am totally in his debt– with out him this doesn’t happen.
EA: From the sounds of it, I think the party has the potential to harken back to the heyday of New York parties. The shear number of people coming to support Creative Time is going to be a sight to behold. We were too young to experience the AREA parties, but I’m hoping for a taste of it tomorrow.
JN: I think we are all well aware that many artist and creatives no longer can afford to live–let alone have studios–in Manhattan. We wanted to bring the party closer to where things were happening. Williamsburg seemed like a good compromise.
EA: I’ve been reading up on the history of Williamsburg and in the 19th century, it was a bustling city filled with artisans of every kind–carpenters, iron moulders, shipbuilders. That disappeared over time. But over the past recent decades, it’s again established itself a nexus for makers, from food to furniture to art while also being recognized for its natural beauty (the East River and its parks). I’m optimistic it will continue to develop in a way that’s supportive of artists and, hopefully, affordable beer.
Who’s DJing and what are the performances?
JN: We wanted the music to be a good mix of downtown new york and brooklyn. JD Samson is opening followed buy a performance of the Dolls but with the addition of a quartet. The Tiki Disco who people may know from the all day parties they threw at Roberta’s are then kicking the dance party off. Followed by downtown club staple Jefferey Tonnesen.
We really wanted the party to be a happening of sorts with art coming in from different forms and mediums with something for everyone. Andre Sariava [Le Baron, Chez Andre] created a one of a kind Artist Dream Concert Poster which is currently wheat-pasted around the city and editions of which will be put up inside and sold at the event. Additionally there will be more in house activations and installations from Alex Da Corte, Eske Kath, Andrea Mary Marshall, and The Ruffians (Brian Wolk and Claude Morais)
$75 for a ticket—thats for the new Williamsburg, folks. The oldens are still rocking $3 PBRs, are you and yours a dreaded gentrifying force the inevitable wave? Employers of the unwashed plaid-wearing, starving, creative masses?
JN: As a non for profit all proceeds from the event go to production of future collaborations with artists. That said, its a pretty good deal since the 75 dollars buys you free Absolut vodka all night (9p-1a) and the amazing sounds of great DJs in a one of a kind setting.