March 8th, 2016
Creative Time's 2016 Gala Will Honor Craig Robins and Rirkrit Tiravanija
by M.H. Miller
Creative Time, the New York–based nonprofit that champions public art, announced today that its spring gala on April 28 will honor Craig Robins, a collector and cofounder of the Design Miami fair, and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. Robins has been a champion of public art in his hometown of Miami, and Tiravanija, whose work frequently involves serving buffet-style meals to hundreds of people, is known for, in Creative Time’s words, bridging "the division between public and private."
Keeping with the party's tradition of being held in unexpected settings, which are often closed off, or at least limiting in their public accessibility—the old Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights—this year's gala is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Navy Yard, a 300-acre industrial park housed in a decommissioned Navy shipyard, is currently embarking on a massive, years-long development project. (Creative Time has invited artist Duke Riley to create a public work onsite there this spring.)
Creative Time is itself in something of a period of transition, with its longtime president, Anne Pasternak, having left the organization to become director of the Brooklyn Museum last September. Katie Hollander, who previously served as Creative Time’s deputy director, took over as executive director in February.