Night Life: Corcoran is so NOW

Corcoran’s annual NOW at Night features great art in a hip and social atmosphere.

Laith Alnouri, Melanie Kimmelman and , . (Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

Now this is what we call an exhibition – partygoers sauntering through the atrium looking at art and looking super fashionable. We spotted colorful African beads, neon-fur caplets and colors that contrasted brilliantly with the translucent glow of the lighting in the gallery’s Now at Night event which fetes its younger followers. In the corner, the bar looked like an ice hotel with signature Corcoran Cosmos perched just so on top of it in frosted martini glasses. Even the catering was creative – the artful crowd munched on bits of cured salmon with crème-fraiche and sugar cookies iced with images from Chris Martin’s Painting Big. Meanwhile on the plexi-glass dance floor, guests grooved to DJ Spooky‘s techno beats. If life is art, then the painting at NOW at night is the dolce vita.

Guests getting down at the NOW at the Corcoran

Of course, NOW at Night would not be complete without art. On the second floor of the gallery, guests mingled as they viewed the Corcoran’s fall exhibition, 30 Americans – a wide-ranging view some of the most important and influential African American artists of the last three decades. The works range from better-known artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons to emerging, young artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. The exhibition runs until February 12th. Click HERE for more information.

NOW at Night host committee. (Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

and Caitlin Price.(Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

and . (Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

Schwanda Rountree, Gehmelle Johnson, and Jay Montet. (Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

and Emma O'Rourke. (Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

Sugar cookies iced with an homage to "Painting Big" artist . (Photos by Tony Brown, Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design)

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