Opening Night

Wendy Fisher, Toby Devan Lewis, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, RoseLee Goldberg, 
Carine Roitfeld and Leslie Ziff invite you to


By Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg

A Performa Commission

Sunday, November 1, 2015

St. Bart's Church

325 Park Avenue


Co-Hosts Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons, Sarah Arison, Nancy and Fred Poses Patrons The Cultivist, Dominique Levy Gallery, Marlies Verhoeven Reijtenbagh Benefit Committee Noreen K. Ahmad, Hotel Americano, Edgar Arcenaux, Art Agency – Partners, Jérôme Bel, Todd Bishop, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Hamish Bowles, Buccellati, Massimo De Carlo Gallery – Milan/London, Judi Roaman and Carla Chammas, Alexandra Chemla/ArtBinder, Wyatt Kahn and China Chow, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Andrea Franchini, Stephanie French, Ryan Gander, Marian Goodman Gallery, Alexander Gorlin Architects, David Hallberg, Hauser & Wirth, Julian Carl Waldemar Henry, Barbara Hoffman, Dakota Jackson, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Rashid Johnson, Jesper Just, Eileen O’Kane Kornreich, Lafayette Anticipation – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, Lambent Foundation, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Laura Lima, Lisson Gallery, Iris Marden, Jennifer McSweeney, Jessica Sofia Mitrani, Meredith Monk, Oscar Murillo, Yoko Ono, Almine Rech Gallery, Robin Rhode, Renee and Mark Rockefeller, Jack Shainman Gallery, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Robert Soros, Patricia Brown Specter, Suzanne Slesin and Michael Steinberg, Emily Glasser and Billy Susman, Francesco Vezzoli, Erika Vogt, Corporate Sponsors Aesop, AVIV Vodka, SUTTON


On Sunday, November 1, 2015, Performa presents its Opening Night Gala in New York City. The Gala celebrates Performa’s 10th Anniversary and kicks off Performa 15, the sixth international biennial of new visual art performance, taking place across New York City from November 1 - 22, 2015.

The 2015 Gala celebration includes an intimate supper at the Four Seasons Restaurant followed by a premiere performance at St. Bart’s Church of Fortuna Desperata, an artistic collaboration between Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg. The evening concludes with a dessert and cocktail reception following the performance.

This year’s Gala pays tribute to the Renaissance and the centuries of artists who brought visual culture to life through rituals and pageantries, continuing Performa’s legacy of tying historical practices to the contemporary realm.


Benefit Supper & Premiere Performance

5pm Cocktails & Supper at the Four Seasons Restaurant

8pm Premiere Performance of FORTUNA DESPERATA at St. Bart's Church

Post-performance Reception at Inside Park at St. Bart's to follow

Tickets: $2,500 - Click here to book


9:30pm Second Performance of FORTUNA DESPERATA at St. Bart's Church

Post-performance Reception at Inside Park at St. Bart's to follow

Performance and Reception tickets: $500 - Click here to book 

Performance-only tickets: $250 - Click here to book


For further information and tickets:
212 243 4300

Image credit: Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg, Fortuna Desperata 2015, A Performa Commission; photo by Francesco Vezzoli, courtesy of L'Uomo Vogue, Conde Nast Italia.