Chuck Close, Uma Thurman and a world famous Sri Lankan movie producer were among the luminaries gathered last night at New York’s Whitney museum for a gala celebrating its latest exhibition, Picasso and American Art. Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg and former Saturday Night Live castmate Jimmy Fallon roamed freely, showing their appreciation for the art of the female form. Fallon was seen doing his aw-shucks routine for junior columnist Bee Shaffer, no doubt congratulating the snack-sized Anna Wintour spawn on her mother’s Ad Age editor-of-the-year award.
Working girls Fabiola Beracasa, Amanda Hearst, Ivanka Trump and Zani Gugelman lent some social glitter to the evening, along with designer Behnaz Sarafpour and actress Michelle Williams. Even supposedly sequestered trophy vegan Moby made it out of the house.
Despite all the priceless art on display, one piece of work was too bold to ignore: Our old friend Priyantha Silva, party crasher summa cum laude, slumped over in his chair, mid-dinner, no doubt pooped from a long night of trying to keep his stories straight.
No stranger to the boot and rally, the talented Mr. Silva (who has now reportedly added Hearst editors to his repertoire) was later seen aggressively schmoozing the bright young things chain-smoking at the after-party downstairs.
Elsewhere, artist Chuck Close got creative with his bionic chariot, maneuvering himself into an ad hoc photo booth that was beaming portraits onto the museum walls. After executing a series of bumpy pivots, Close smiled for a group shot with a gaggle of well-heeled beauties. His moves for the remainder of the evening appeared to be much smoother.
Later, the group moved south to socialite clubhouse Double Seven, where even the most jaded night crawlers lost their cool when Mick Jagger appeared in the early hours of the morning.
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