A cross between an art happening and a cocktail party (without the cocktails)
October 31, 2021 6:30-8pm in the artPARK
Presented by Pomerene Center for the Arts. Hosted by Community Studio Artist Anne Cornell and Shelley McCarty.
According to Wikipedia, the three rules for throwing a successful cocktail party are as follows:
- “It should not last long, an hour and a half maximum, the time one can stand up, even if there are chairs for weaker constitutions.
- Guests should enter and leave freely, avoiding elaborate greetings on arrival and departure.
- Conversation must avoid passionate subjects (personal, political or religious topics) to keep a harmonious and cheerful ambiance”
“AN EMPTY CHAIR…” follows the first two principles flawlessly — 1. Time 6:30-8pm 2. Guests freely enter the artPARK and — rather than the traditional cocktail party icebreaker of going directly to the bar — find a spot straight away to place the empty chair they’ve been invited to bring. Abby Callis, one of the event artists, will be on hand to offer a cup of warm cider. As per rule number three — there are no guarantees given the theme “shared loss/unnamed longing.” In addition to the chairs, guests are asked to come in costume that includes a written theme-based message.
This is an experimental evening in which guests participate creatively in conversation with each other. Like all cocktail parties, sociability is the point.