Of course, one of the other highlights of the evening was seeing and hearing v2 read her original poetry while she played one of her video installations.
And who were these gypsy friends who were so coveted and coquettish to come mingle and celebrate? Well, UN department of general assembly affairs and conference services representatives Irina Zinovieva and Alexander Toubolets were two. Milosh (of Trostsky and Sanders gallery); Vlado (a favorite Yugoslavian artist and inspiration); Valerie Zolotova, an art historian and gallery manager who out danced the belly dancer; Boudnik Associates architect Jiri Boudnik and dancer extraordinaire and Socketnet.com's Andrew Wint, whose web development boutique (similar to v2's Moscow-based ladno.com) creates interactive presentations and CD business cards and is hiring!
Anya (an amazing fashion designer) and Vanya (GE director of research) Iliashevich were decked out and looked smashing. Perhaps it's because their 10 year wedding anniversary is coming up! Hurrah! Katya Bochavar (and her sexy daughter Dasha) were there. Old SonicNetters Gary Greenblatt, David Friedensohn, Marc Scarpa and Nicolas Butterworth stopped by turning the evening into a mini Sonicnet reunion. And former Razorfish CCO Peter Seidler showed up to watch the wild dancing by Bulgarian Doichin.
Co-founder of LOT47 films (lot47.com) Mark Lipsky, UJC.org's Elizabeth Uspensky and Shai Hovav and magazine promoter-turned-Bronx-based teacher David Garvoille were also among the many much-loved guests who came. Although apparently many also forgot about the lovely vase on the windowsill facing the Empire State Building where they were supposed to make a contribution for all the efforts gone into the soiree. As the invite said, "ALL ART IS FOR SALE (CASH ONLY), ALL LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP IS NOT... THIS_IS_LIVING_!" Please contact v2 at vica at ladno dot com to make a donation and see the festivities.