With its vast space and proximity to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard regularly plays host to galas, award shows, and deep house raves. All those energies merged at last night’s celebration of An arrow through History , the new Takashi Murakami retrospective at Gagosian’s Madison Avenue gallery.
Prominent fixtures in art (Larry Gagosian), politics (New York Mayor Eric Adams), design (Kelly Wearstler), and Web3 (Chris Le) arrived around 10pm. Famous faces were able to hide behind the neon and smoke haze, which provided anonymity for nearly 800 guests. Bureau Betak–the creative force behind Jacquemus’s lavender fields, Christian Dior’s Puglian carnival, and other reality-defying spectacles–transformed the space into a dystopian wasteland. The night was filled with head-scratching gags and dizzying performances. It became increasingly difficult to see the difference between digital and physical. Gagosian’s exhibition features work that was inspired by Murakami’s Clone X NFT, which was developed in collaboration and RTFKT Studios. The evening was filled with futuristic inspiration.
Zack Bia entertained the crowd with music. Murakami danced with Bia on the scaffolding early in the set. Famed DJ Murakami played Meek Mill’s “Going Bad” and Drake’s 2018 hits. The crowd gasped when the lyrics “a lot Murakami inside the hallway” were blared over the speakers. The artist smiled beneath his huge plush hat.