Noticed: Mice Bones, Scarab Wings, Feathered Pins at Mad Metal Ball
A fabulous piece by Nina Basharova, spotted at Mad Metal Ball
(All text and photos by Susan M. Kirschbaum)
It was the second “metal” anniversary of the Museum or Arts and Design on Columbus Circle. A group of us, including chairs Julie Ragolia and Waris Ahluwalia, plus others, brought together friends to buy tickets to benefit both the museum and arts education. Chelsea Leyland, Leo Fitzpartrick, and dear Paul Sevigny spun tunes. I swilled champagne in a girlish rasberry Zac Posen frock. Greg and Leigh from the Misshapes posed in black garb. Julie wore a fab Jen Kao black and metal slinky dress. (I may have to steal it from her closet!) And Moby commented that the sculptures made of mice bones and scarab wings have changed his perspective on nature.
He wanted to buy these pieces that were displayed on the fourth and fifth floors, along with large skeletons, although the charity art pieces for sale only lined the cocktail party. These included a metallic chandelier by fashion designer Kao; a bronze cuff that resembled a mini bird cage by Waris; and a black and white print by Kenzo. Thus, some fashion names took the opportunity to get their art grooves on.
I, for one, was wowed by the piece above — a feathered pin with gold beads like tiny eggs in the center — worn by Nina Basharova, the jewelry designer who created it.
The eye goes where it goes.
**Thank you to all who came out last night to support the Mad Metal Ball!