1993 Beaux Arts Ball

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

Centerpiece
1993
Painted steel; vise; block glass vase; calla lilies.
Screen printing and fabrication of all metalwork by Wasserman Silk Screen Co.

I participated in the 1993 Beaux Arts Ball, an annual museum benefit, which was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern. Forty local designers and architects were invited to create table settings for the event’s guests, including centerpieces, place settings, and masks.

Inspired by the anti-art themes found in Constructivist writings and manifestos, my work won first prize. Judge Michael Manwaring described it as “A sharp, clean blast in a roomful of frippery.”

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

Tablecloth
1993

The hand-painted tablecloth reads, “We declare art and its priests illegal.” Text by Medunetskii, Stenberg, and Stenberg, 1922.

 

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

Table Setting
1993

The table setting uses bicycle sprockets as napkin rings and common tools as utensils. The service plate reads, “In the final analysis, art is falsehood, an opiate, and unnecessary. Work for life, and not for palaces, churches, graveyards, and museums.” Texts by Ioganson, 1922; and Rodchenko, 1921.

 

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

1993 Beaux Arts Ball

Mask
1993

The mask reads, “Death to art! Efficacious existence is the highest beauty.” Texts by Gan, 1922; and Gabo and Pevsner, 1920.