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Critical Halloween: Luxury

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

9 pm – 2 am

 

United Palace

4140 Broadway, New York

  
#CriticalHalloween     #luxury     @storefrontnyc
 

Critical Halloween is a party, an intellectual debate, a costume competition, and a space for the expression of radical thought. Over the past few years, it has become a referential event that brings people together through music, dance, and costume to engage in critical discussion in New York City.

 

Each year, Critical Halloween celebrates a feared ghost of art and architectural production. This year, we explore LUXURY.

 

Luxury is a chameleonic and shifting term. We use it to describe that which we desire; we all want to have the luxury of time, and some of us want to see it pass by on a luxury watch.

 

Derived from the Latin “luxus” (excess), the term carries fluctuating pejorative and covetous connotations. The modern confluence of excess and excellence conflicts with a world that also aspires to fairness and equality.

 

The appropriation of luxury as a marketing tool has penetrated contemporary life, and luxury itself is too often entangled in capitalistic and financial exuberance. Constantly bombarded by media campaigns, our individual and collective vectors of desire are constantly realigned with the products, services, and goods being marketed and sold to us. However, luxury cars, luxury goods, and luxury homes may in fact have little to do with luxury itself, and with the values behind our real aspirations.

 

Our decisions are often driven by the opinions and power of tastemakers and experts. This year, we are looking for new connoisseurs. Critical Halloween invites you to denounce obsolete definitions of luxury in art, architecture, and design, and to redefine its possibilities in shaping the future.

 

Critical Halloween is a space of reflection and action based upon the belief that critical ideas have a place within even the most seemingly carefree manifestations of our culture: the Halloween costume party.

 

COSTUME COMPETITION WINNERS

Best Individual Costume:
“Scales of White (a.k.a. Bad Ombre),” Evalynn Rosado

 
 
Best Duo/Couple Costume:
“In-Unit Washer and Dryer,” Faith Lim and Jumi Song

 
 
Best Group Costume: 
Waste is a Luxury in 2016,” Buro Koray Duman
 
 
Best Overall Costume:
“Luxury Plumbing” 
Studio Christian Wassmann 
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“ALL GOLD EVERYTHAAANG, Please” 
yUUNg GOLD$tein
 
 
People’s Choice:
“The Duck and the Decorated Shed,”
Katherina, Katie, and Betty  

 

Read the Party Bibliography HERE.

 

 

For more Photographs, check our Flickr album:

Critical Halloween: Luxury

 

 

EVENT PROGRAM
Please note that the festivities are rated 21+. Remember to bring valid ID.
 
GRAND ENTRANCE
 
9:00 pm
Box Office Opens*
*Please pick up your ticket from will call. 
Note that box office tickets increase by $15 at the door.
 
ACT I
 
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Competition Registration and Portrait Photography*
*Please have your portrait taken by photographer Yuko Torihara 
by 11:00 pm to be entered into the costume competition. 
 
11:30 pm – 12:00 am
Ensemble Jury Deliberation*
*Featuring Sherry Dobbin, Eva Franch, Amit Khurana,
Curtis KuligBenjamin Prosky, Charles Renfro, and Anja Rubik.
 
INTERMISSION
 
12:00 am – 12:30 am
Screening of Winners*
*Please proceed to the main theatre for the 
presentation of awards in the categories of: 
 
Best Overall Costume
Best Individual Costume
Best Duo/Couple Costume
 Best Group Costume 
 
ACT II
 
12:30 am – 1:45 am
Portrait Photography Reprise, Luxury, and Leisure*
*Please help yourself to a drink, the dance floor, and music by dj mapquest.
 
FINALE
 
2:00 am
 Curtain Call
*Please exit stage left, or create an alternate ending.
 

 

PARTY BIBLIOGRAPHY

Need some inspiration for your costume? Check out our Party Bibliography HERE.

 

COSTUME COMPETITION PRIZES

This year the LUXURY jury will announce the awards at midnight. The jury will award prizes in the following categories: Best Overall Costume, Best Individual Costume, Best Duo/Couple Costume, and Best Group Costume. 

 

LUXURY JURY

Sherry Dobbin, Director of Public Art, Times Square Arts
Eva Franch, Chief Curator and Executive Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Amit Khurana, Founding Partner, Sumaida + Khurana
Curtis Kulig, Artist
Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, AIANY & Center for Architecture
Charles Renfro, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Anja Rubik, Editor in Chief, 25 Magazine

 
 
CRITICAL FIRMS
 
DS+R
Pentagram
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Steven Holl Architects
Toshiko Mori Architects
Weiss/Manfredi
CRITICAL COMMITTEE
 
5468797 architecture
Damian Baden
Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
Sebastian ErraZuriz
Family New York
Belmont Freeman Architects
FXFOWLE
Seth and Ariane Harrison [HAt]
Lydia Kallipoliti
Büro Koray Duman
April Lee
Sara Meltzer
Mona Mahall (m-a-u-s-e-r)
Russell Piccione Design
Charles Renfro
SO – IL
Studio Christian Wassmann
Sumaida + Khurana
Karen Wong
ZERZA Architects
ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS
 
dj mapquest
Tony Herbas
Joan Rodés and Remi Steinberg
Yuko Torihara
EVENT PARTNERS
  
Chilly Willy & Cool Carl’s Ice
Cosentino
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Noë & Associates
Linens by Razatrade
Original New York Seltzer
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
MEDIA PARTNERS
  
The Architect’s Newspaper
Luxury Listings NYC

 

 

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