This week’s Sunday Video features documentation of the Kreemart/American Patrons of Tate/Haunch of Venison New York Cake Party held on November 3rd at UK contemporary art gallery Haunch of Venison’s US exhibition space at the Rockefeller Center, New York.
In a manner befitting the recent extravagance of “Creation”, a gluttonous interactive food odyssey conceived by Jennifer Rubell for New York’s third Performa Biennial at which mountains of guilty fare were demolished by fat eyed machers in the name of art (see this week’s Friday’s Hairy Eyeball), the Kreemart/American Patrons of Tate/Haunch of Venison New York Cake Party featured collaborative cake based works and performances by four artists (Marina Abramovic, Leandro Erlich, Mickalene Thomas and Rob Wynn) and top NYC pastry chefs. Some cakes were frosted silver and gold while others were served by (and in some cases hand fed) to guests by topless models.
Kreemart/American Patrons of Tate/Haunch of Venison New York/ Cake Party – Nov. 3rd, 2009. Marina Abramovic with Executive Chef Dominique Ansel of Restaurant Daniel; Leandro Erlich with Guido Mogni of Sant Ambroeus; Mickalene Thomas with Bob Spiegel of Creative Edge Parties; Rob Wynn with Lidia Bastianich and Pastry Chef Brooks Headley of Del Posto. Featuring Performances by: Marina Abramovic (First demonstration of the ABRAMOVIC EXPERIMENT); Leandro Ehrlich (You can’t have your cake and eat it too); Mickalene Thomas (OH MICKEY!); and Rob Wynne (CAKE CAKE served by TABOO!, eaten by the Delusional Downtown Divas).
In regard New York’s evident recent trend for food orgies (as evidenced by Creation and Kreemart/American Patrons of Tate/Haunch of Venison New York Cake Party) Bad At Sports’ Claudine Ise commented: “I’m sure there were plenty of heady ideas motivating both of these performance orgies, most likely having to do with shining a light on greed, cultural over-consumption, and waste, along with attempts to parody the culturally current notion that we should eat only what we ourselves kill. Regardless, I remain in awe of how the art world’s glitterati invariably find new ways to satirize their golden cake while merrily stuffing it into their faces too.”
For photographs of the event go here.
This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.