Long before selfies, when the instant Polaroid was the Instagram of its day, fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and his collaborator, Juan Ramos, had an idea for an exhibit:
Throw a party, take pictures of your friends, and post them on the wall.
The images that remain from A Photo Cocktail Party, presented by my old pal, artist Neke Carsonand hosted by Robert Freidus Gallery, attest to the event’s fun.
Paul Caranicas — Ramos’s partner of many years, who was at the event and now directs the shared estate of Lopez and Ramos — describes the scene.
“The Photo Cocktail Party was an extension of their lifestyle. In recreating the photo cocktail party, we’re celebrating that aspect of their practice.”
Today’s events are nothing BUT one endless Photo Cocktail Party. The El Museo del Barrio exhibition, Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion, runs through November 26
Antonio & party guest
Betsy Johnson, Chantal and Ed Hayes
Nancy Lucas, Olive Watson & friend
Guest & Willie Rodriguez
May Alexander & Corey Tippin
(via Blouin ArtInfo)