This Grand Artistic Family

On Saturday, I took part in one of the most beautiful parties I ever attended- the sort of party that makes you happy to be young, alive, in New York and part of this blessed art family.  Cynthia von Buhler took over a giant penthouse next to the Empire State Building for her birthday.  And she filled it.

Cotton candy. Striped beds.  Art.  Mermaids.  Jason Webley rocking it troubedour style.  Amanda Palmer watched by oil slicked mermaids.  Sxip Shirey.  Body part vending machines.  I met Lemmony Snicket!

Me and Cynthia collaborated on an in an installation of dead mermaids, with Cynthia as the live one in the tub.

Katelan Foisy read tarot cards.  Neil Gaiman and Amanda toasted their impending marriage with chamapagne. The night faded out as me and Katelan whirled on a rooftop carosel, the lights of the Empire State Building shining through a haze of bubbles.

Feel so very lucky.

Photos by Kyle Cassidy

3 Responses to This Grand Artistic Family

  1. jojo says:

    molly! so glad to have met you on the SS (SSS?) syphilis. (drunken conversation at the end of the night for the win?)

    you looked rhinestonedly radiant, and i feel very blessed to have had kyle take my pic, and for you to have included it here. i don’t know if you caught much of the army of toys set, but we’ll be back in NY on 10/13, and us tiny instruments (the bandlette spin-off) sho’ enjoyed ourselves too. ok very best wishes, jojo

  2. jojo says:

    molly! so glad to have met you on the SS (SSS?) syphilis. (drunken conversation at the end of the night for the win?)

    you looked rhinestonedly radiant, and i feel very blessed to have had kyle take my pic, and for you to have included it here. i don’t know if you caught much of the army of toys set, but we’ll be back in NY on 10/13, and us tiny instruments (the bandlette spin-off) sho’ enjoyed ourselves too. ok very best wishes, jojo

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    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress and the New York Historical Society.

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