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For the after-party at the Whitney Museum of American Art's fall gala--with its theme taken from Alexander Calder's “Calder's Circus” sculptures (part of the museum's permanent collection)--sponsor M.A.C. Cosmetics brought in Calderesque elephant cutouts and stools covered with red and white circus-like material, and filled the tents with brightly colored helium balloons. Bentley Meeker flashed pulsing white lights on the walls, and a performer from the Big Apple Circus showed off an invisible bird in a cage (or maybe he was just whistling) and had guests spinning plates on sticks.
While fashion-designer-cum-DJ Todd Oldham played an energetic, retro mix including selections from Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and En Vogue, both large crowds eventually packed into the party, making it feel a bit like a tiny cirucs car filled with clowns--which is not to denigrate the crowd, which showed off a mix of ages and fashion statement not typically found at more traditional benefits.
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