Critical Halloween: Luxury

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Critical Halloween: Luxury

October 29, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - October 30, 2016 @ 2:00 am EDT

$50 – $60

Ticketed Admission (21+)

#criticalhalloween #luxury @storefrontnyc

New York, NY ­­– On Saturday, October 29th from 9 pm to 2 am, Storefront for Art and Architecture will host Critical Halloween: Luxury, at United Palace, formerly one of the original five Loew’s Wonder Theatres. This annual event captures the critical imagination of creative revelers across the city. This year we explore LUXURY, a feared (and sometimes coveted) ghost of architectural production. A renowned jury of critics and experts will award prizes for the best costumes in various categories.

About Critical Halloween: Luxury

Critical Halloween, called a “Top Pick Halloween Party” by TimeOut and one of New York’s “10 Hottest Halloween Parties to Die For” by the New York Observer, is a party, an intellectual debate, a costume competition, and a space for the expression of radical thought.

“Storefront for Art and Architecture is nothing if not intellectually ambitious in its exhibitions and programs, and its annual Critical Halloween Party is no different.” ­-Art in America

This year’s theme, LUXURY, is a chameleonic and shifting term. We use it to describe that which we desire; we all want to have the luxury of time, and some of us want to see it pass by on a luxury watch.

The appropriation of luxury as a marketing tool has penetrated contemporary life, and luxury itself is too often entangled in capitalistic and financial exuberance. Constantly bombarded by media campaigns, our individual and collective vectors of desire are constantly realigned with the products, services, and goods being marketed and sold to us. However, luxury cars, luxury goods, and luxury homes may in fact have little to do with luxury itself, and with the values behind our real aspirations.

In a world that aspires to fairness and equality, our decisions are often driven by the opinions and power of tastemakers and experts. This year, we are looking for new connoisseurs. Critical Halloween invites you to denounce obsolete definitions of luxury in art, architecture, and design, and to redefine its possibilities in shaping the future.

“Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Critical Halloween is actually an art and architecture initiative disguised as a costume party.” ­-Untapped Cities

Critical Halloween is a space of reflection and action based upon the belief that critical ideas have a place within even the most seemingly carefree manifestations of our culture: the Halloween costume party.


Critical Halloween is a ticketed event. Tickets include access to the United Palace, professional portrait photos of each guest, open bar, site­specific installations, dancing, and live DJ sets throughout the duration of the evening.

Individual Ticket: $50 in advance ($60 at the door)
Critical Committee: 5 tickets for $200 and listing on all materials
Critical Firm: 25 tickets for $1000, listing on all materials, and discounted Storefront membership for new corporate members and employees

Event Schedule
9 pm ­- 2 am: DJ sets, dancing, open bar, interviews, and site­specific installations 9 pm ­ 11 pm: Costume competition registration and portrait photos
11:30 pm -­ 12 am: Jury deliberation
12 am: Announcement of costume competition winners
12 am ­- 2 am: Luxurious debauchery

Members of the Press

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About Storefront for Art and Architecture

Storefront for Art and Architecture advances innovative and critical ideas that contribute to the design of cities, territories, and public life. Storefront’s exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and projects provide alternative platforms for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographic, and ideological boundaries. Since its founding in 1982, Storefront has presented the work of over one thousand architects and artists.

General Information

Storefront for Art and Architecture
Gallery Address: 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 Phone: (212) 431­5795
Hours: Tuesday ­ Saturday, 11 am ­ 6 pm


October 29, 2016 @ 9:00 pm EDT
October 30, 2016 @ 2:00 am EDT
$50 – $60
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United Palace
4140 Broadway
New York, NY 10033 United States


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