Friday, March 4, 2011

MetroMix Win, Installation Featured in the New York Times

Thanks to our incredible clientele of vicious partygoers, we have taken the big win for MetroMix's 2011 Best of New York poll. Well done everyone! We will continue working ourselves to the bone to bring you the best in nightlife, entertainment, art and leisure.


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We've been taking great pains over the past couple of years to make our downstairs level an incredible club and music venue in its own right, so when we decided to also make the entire thing an art installation by the world famous Peter Doig the media was sure to take notice.

The New York Times' Ben Detrick stopped by our Emergency Party unveiling celebration in and was pretty impressed by what he saw. His article comes with a nice little slideshow.

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Last Saturday, a stream of artists, fashion designers, gallery owners, writers and their scene-y cohorts descended into the basement of Santos Party House, which had been transformed into a rotating art installation. It was the return of the Emergency Party — a kind of Warhol Factory meets a dive bar started by Parinaz Mogadassi, a curator, and Spencer Sweeney, one of Santos’s art-minded owners.

Peter Doig, an abstract painter from Trinidad, colored the cinderblock walls in one corner in Caribbean pastels. The artist Rita Ackermann and Lizzi Bougatsos, a musician in the electronic group Gang Gang Dance, contributed paintings that hung in the upstairs windows, and remade an Ol’ Dirty Bastard track that played in the entrance.

“People are trying to get back that ’80s thing where the art world and clubbing was synonymous,” said Matthew Higgs, the director of the White Columns gallery.

By midnight, as a fog machine clouded the air and disco thumped, the club was packed with a raffish crowd that included a sprinkling of stars like Chlo├ź Sevigny and MC Spank Rock.


More installations and accompanying parties to follow. If you need more convincing, here's The New York Press' read on the series.

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