Last Sunday I threw 100 surprise birthday parties, to 100 unsuspecting guests.
The Calder Foundation invited me to stage a performance for a one night only private event. The theme of the event being transformation, I decided to welcome each attendee with their own surprise birthday party – an invitation to be open to transformation and an invitation to the infinite.
I worked withe the tireless team at The Calder Foundation, including Katherine Cohn and Eric Guy Booker, who helped me to transform a part of a Gramercy townhouse that was completely under construction, into a space to perform and celebrate. Friends and frequent collaborators Tracy Gilman, Mari Gustafson, Sarah Mcmillan, Ruth Ann de Leon, and Moses Grubb helped me throw the party… over and over again. Completes with an infinite pinata (custom made by Brooklyn’s own Llaves Designs) and infinite cupcakes, we celebrated birth and transformation all night. Below you can see a selection of images from the event.
All photos by (except the last two) by the amazing Elisabeth Smolarz.