In collaboration with Nuit Blanche New York, Materials & Methods premiered the 300-foot “Illuminated Frieze” at the New Museum’s star-studded, record-breaking 35th Anniversary Spring Gala. This innovative blend of immersive event design and contemporary art transformed the Cipriani ballroom with site-specific light projections by eight notable artists, inspired by the grand neoclassical interior of the ballroom. The evening was hosted by Chloë Sevigny, honored Paul McCarthy and was attended by a bevy of art stars including Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, Marilyn Minter and Elizabeth Peyton.

A testament to the New Museum’s ongoing, artist-led mission, “Illuminated Frieze” enabled artists to experiment with new forms of exhibition and explore the creative possibilities of projection at epic scale, bringing some “downtown cool… way downtown” and transforming Cipriani’s at 55 Wall St into the place to see.


Participating Artists

Will Cotton, courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery
Kim Keever, courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art
Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, courtesy of Marlborough Chelsea
Takeshi Murata,  courtesy of Salon 94
Jacco Olivier, courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery
Dasha Shishkin, courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery
Judith Supine, courtesy of SIMJEE Textor
Penelope Umbrico, courtesy of the artist

We brought together the work of eight artists working in a variety of media (drawing, painting, video, photography, collage and installation) introducing new platforms to showcase their work through the emerging medium of 3D projection mapping.  The canvas for the evening was a 300-foot frieze crowning the Cipriani’s ballroom, projection mapped for the first time in the history of the storied space.  The artwork was curated by Ken Farmer and Ethan Vogt of Nuit Blanche NY to accompany the gala’s program and evolved from a fantastical parlor to a celestial landscape featuring both still and moving works from emerging and established international artists.