With the arrival of the summer season comes the desire to party in New York City. Thankfully, every summer the New Museum is prepared. On Wednesday, June 21st the New Museum held the “Hell, Yes!” Annual Summer Party for the museum’s members in its beautiful Sky Room, with floor to ceiling windows and a wrap-around balcony with gorgeous views of the city.
The New Museum is the only dedicated contemporary art museum in Manhattan, bringing in a huge crowd of artistic people. Founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, the museum got its name with the vision of it being the prime destination for new art and new ideas. The theme for the annual summer party this year was based off of one of the most iconic works shown at the Museum, Ugo Rondinone’s rainbow-hued, neon-lit sculpture that reads “Hell, Yes!” that was presented on the New Museum’s façade from December 2007 to November 2010.
The spirit of this party is not only to celebrate the summer, but also to celebrate the openness, optimism, and enthusiasm of the members of the museum. Attendees were told to come dressed in the colors of the rainbow, making each individual stand out in the entirely white sky room.
The party was not limited to only the sky room, guests could also explore the galleries and view the artwork, including the spring exhibitions: “Carol Rama: Antibodies”, “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher”, “Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone”, “Elaine Cameron-Weir: viscera has questions about itself,” and “RAGGA NYC”.
Summer-themed cocktails, a live DJ, and a sunset over the city skyline make for a great first party of the summer. Become a member of the New Museum to join the party next year and to help support the founding of new art and new ideas at newmuseum.org.
Special thanks to Karen Li from the New Museum. Photography by Griffin Lipson.