MoMA kicked off this year’s Armory Show with a raging party at the museum and a performance by Neon Indian. If you were smart enough to stick around after their set, however, you’d also have caught an unbelievable DJ set by Venus X, a Harlem native, and her partner $hane.
The annual party is a benefit event for the museum, where art aficionados and philanthropists gather to talk about the pieces they previewed that day at Pier 94, and gallivant through the small open section of the museum’s contemporary collection. So when Venus and $hane took their places at the dazzling DJ booth covered in over 4,000 Waterford crystals, and started spinning tracks in the popular style of their GHE2o GoTH1k (pronounced ‘Ghetto Gothic’) parties in Bushwick, it was assumed the floor would clear and the older folks would head home. Au contraire!
The DJs’ posse flooded the stage and the dance floor was packed with guests of all ages trying to keep up with the uneven Dembow Dominicano and Jersey Club beats. From the second floor you could see gallery girls and well-dressed art patrons gyrating to the pulsating songs, with the younger partygoers creating hype circles around them. With the sculpture garden as a backdrop, this may have been the last place to expect a mild rave to break out, but perhaps the art scene recognized Venus’ set since she’s been hitting the first class party circuit, DJ’ing at Art Basel events and even MoMA’s Warm Up two summers ago. She Tweeted mid-party, “We [brought] the hood to the Mecca of high art and played the nastiest music on earth for the richest people!”
If you’re looking to recreate her play list at home, Venus told us, “Shayne and I played some Jersey club, some juke remixes, Juicy J, Missy Elliot, Lil B, Dembow and a lot of Fatima Al Qadiri and Sade during the easy listening hour.”