Art and Fashion make magic at MoMA PS1

Deep inside the MoMA PS1 on Halloween weekend, art collided with fashion. Organized by V Magazine’s Cecilia Dean and style journalist David Colman, the MOVE! event was interactive and original. DESQUVAL saw stages, sequins and séances as well as Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Rodarte and more…

By Marina Kolobova

It is pitch black. A man in a Supima cotton leotard by Narciso Rodriguez slowly straightens his legs out on a dark platform, toes pointed. Jet black Swarovski crystals glisten on his arms.

This dance macabre is a rare collaboration between Rodriguez and artist Jonah Bokaer, created for MOVE! at MoMa PS1.  The stage, positioned in the middle of this darkened room, is the nexus where art becomes fashion and fashion becomes art.

Two floor above, Rodarte groups with Mexican installation artist Brody Condon. This time, the space is glowing turquoise. A team of people dressed in white move gold poles along the walls.

Visitors are expected to walk amongst the performance artists. They are also confronted by blue and white dancers, a room full of mirrors by Rob Pruitt and Marc Jacobs and The Makeover You Never Knew You Wanted by Cheryl and American Apparel, a glittering Halloween studio with potions and powders by Lancome. In this maze, visitors might, for instance, learn to dance, face the catwalk and have their picture taken within the space of an hour.

A young 1990s Kate Moss gathers form on large white wall through a projector on Floor 1. Amongst the video art, David Blaine circulates, casting surprised expressions across painted faces with his magic…

The set of artist Tauba Auerbach and designer Ohne Titel’s performance art piece Pause/Applause.

David Blaine performs card tricks at PS1.

Visitors learn choreography to Lady Gaga.


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