Lauren Post, Stephanie Williams, Brendan Fernandes, Catherine Williams, and Zhong-Jing Fang. Photo by bfa.com.
Lauren Post, Stephanie Williams, Brendan Fernandes, Catherine Williams, and Zhong-Jing Fang. Photo by bfa.com.

What: The SculptureCenter honored artist Philippe Parreno (and former board chair James L. Bodnar) at its annual gala.

When: Wednesday, November 4th

Where: The Rainbow Room in New York.

Who: Artists Ugo Rodinone, John Giorno, Carol Bove, and Jennifer Rubell, as well as gallerists Michelle Maccarone, Barbara Gladstone, and Paula Cooper.

Why: For the spectacular space and a surprisingly frisky set of obligatory speeches—including one by the dry-witted British artist Liam Gillick, whose girlfriend, the curator Piper Marshall, confessed beforehand that she tried in vain to amend his introduction of Parreno because she thought it would be “too morbid” for the room. In fact, it was just morbid enough.