Last night, AOL brought their 25th Anniversary celebration downtown to the Bowery’s New Museum and an after party at the Bowery Hotel a few blocks away. For the celebration, AOL partnered with the legendary artist Chuck Close and launched The Project on Creativity. For a period of a year, AOL and Chuck Close will honor the creative minds that has shaped the AOL culture and help them become icons. Through this partnership, AOL will award 25 scholarships of $25,000 to budding artists, writers, producers, journalists and others working in the arts. In addition, AOL has partnered with 41 artists from around the world to create original artwork for the underlay of the AOL logo. If you go to AOL.com or AOL Mail, you will see these 41 2nd Collection artist creations live. One of those chosen artists was our close friend Dave White who created a new piece entitled “Cheeseburger” and fits perfectly as the underlay of the new ‘Aol.’ logo.
The event was held on two floors of the New Museum, the ground floor featured a large digital display showcasing all of the chosen artist in the 2nd Collection. In addition, on the ground floor were the actual art works of four of the forty-one artists including Phillip Low’s Red Prism, Dave White’s Cheeseburger, Rachel Thomas’ Puzzle Love, and James Taylor’s Rainbow City. To see all of the 41 artists works, check out aolartists.com. The celebration continued in the top floor Sky Room of the New Museum with drinks, small bites and toward the end of the night, pastries. Portraits as part of The Project on Creativity by Chuck Close were on display and Chuck Close himself was there greeting guests and fans. Fitting with the downtown location for the celebration and project launch, the after party was held at the Bowery Hotel just a few blocks up from the New Museum. Guest of AOL and the artists continued the party with more drinks, pastries, birthday cupcakes and the music of John Legend. Both events were nicely put together and as always it was great hanging out with Dave White and his NYC family.