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Van Alen’s Spring Party- and Auction of Experiences

Awesome architectural institute, Van Alen (the people who brought you the Match-Maker sculpture in Times Square this past Valentine’s Day) are holding their Spring Party tonight. I’m sure it will be a blast (get tickets here), but what is really special is their online auction. Rather than peddling a bunch of paintings (which is great, but not everyone is into all art), they are auctioning off experiences. Get a home-cooked Milanese dinner with MoMA senior curator Paola Antonelli, a helicopter ride with Iwan Baan (!), and cocktails with Richard Meier. ARCHITECTURE NERDS DREAM!!!! I love this idea, but I’m not surprised that the innovators at Van Alen Institute are offering something different to raise funds. I’ll be there! (Busy night tonight!)

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Spring Party on Wednesday, May 21 at The High Line Hotel, celebrating the Institute’s 120-year legacy of innovative projects in the field of architecture and urbanism. Acclaimed Australian synth pop artist White Prism will perform at8pm, with a party to follow with DJ and sound artist Maria Chavez at 9pm.

30 one-of-a-kind experiences around the world, including a home-cooked Milanese dinner with MoMA senior curator Paola Antonelli in New York City; a private tour of the Richard Meier Model Museum with architect Richard Meier and a cocktail at one of his favorite bars in New York; a helicopter ride with renowned architectural photographer Iwan Baan on an upcoming shoot in Chicago, Los Angeles or Paris; breakfast with curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist in London, and many more.

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