We can only describe the inaugural SMASH party at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art as a fine coalescence of captivating contemporary art, engaging live performances, and incredible eats’ n’ drinks.
#InstantClassic, the curated theme of the evening explored the juxtaposition of opposing elements: classical and experimental / timeless and immediate. Curated by Gardiner Museum’s very own Art-Director, Justin Broadbent brought together artists Adrienne Crossman, The Doodys, Thrush Holmes, James Kirkpatrick, and a live painting session by Kathryn Macnaughton and Tyler Sammy. The works themselves were whimsical and encouraged interaction from the guests in attendance as they sipped on wines from Southbrook’s new Seriously Cool line, Steam Whistle’s beers, and Cider from Pommies. For those who got “smashed” over these fine libations, DJ Bambii spun enough sick beats for all to take advantage of that liquid courage on the dance-floor.
Adrian Niman and Matt Blondin of Food Dudes catered gourmet twists on fast food classics such as Wagyu chilli dogs, tacos al pastor, sprinkle donuts, and other unexpected culinary moves. We snacked on freezie popsicles while enjoying live school-yard styled double-dutch performances by the Lincoln Leapers and chomped on Tacos al Pastor while being entertained by artist James Kirkpatric’s special chiptunes performance.
The Young Patron’s Circle (YPC) of the Gardiner has a lot to live up to next year…it’ll be tough to top this Smash-hit!
For more information about the Gardiner Museum visit www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
Photos by Nick Lee