Star-Studded VIP’s Turn Out For MTV RE:DEFINE
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Kristina Bowman and Sylvia Elzafon
THE SCENE: On a sizzling Friday night hundreds ascended to The Joule at Dallas Contemporary for a very special evening that brought out both the social elite and artistic legends. The sixth annual MTV RE:DEFINE event dazzled those on hand with audacious artwork and star-studded performances.
THE VIBE: The eclectic mix of fashion created a welcoming environment for all who attended. Gowns and cocktail chic attire mixed seamlessly with rocker-chic duds. The evening began with cocktails as the energetic crowd traded stories and pondered interpretation of the beautiful pieces of art and fashion on display.
The festivities then continued with a three-course meal provided by Sassetta. Emcee Oli Barrett flawlessly kept the evening moving as a short film featured friends celebrating the evening’s two nominees, Eric Fischl and Johnson Hartig. The night continued as Christie’s President Brook Hazleton drove up the bidding on a live auction that included a custom Marc Quinn piece that went for $300,000 and a Julio LeParc painting that fetched $230,000, a warm-up for the Damien Hirst-donated psychedelic portrait of George Michael that sold for $580,000. An homage was made to the late George Michael, who with Kenny Goss of the Goss-Michael Foundation, was integral in RE-DEFINE’s success.
Just when the evening seemed to be at its peak, it soared to new heights as the room danced to the grooves performed by the Queen of New Soul herself, Chaka Khan. After Khan’s show-stopping performance, everyone shook their moneymakers to the tunes of DJ Johnny Boy Hartig (honoree Johnson Hartig’s alter ego) who teamed up with Chandra North, known to many as DJ Dilettante as guests danced the night away, capturing memories at the photo booth provided by Hugo Boss.
THE CAUSE: The evening was chaired by Maxine Trowbridge, with CJ Jones and Jerome Sans serving as art chairs, and raised over $2.7 million for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation which raises awareness for HIV and AIDS through the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and for the Dallas Contemporary for its arts education and programming.