We have a winner! The DEMOcratic People’s Choice Award for this year’s Storefront for Art and Architecture Critical Halloween Costume Competition goes to “Demoiselles d’Avignon” by Francisco Rocha, Joana Bem-Haja, Joana Torres, and Sandra Shizuka!
Critical Halloween 2015 took place at the historic DCTV Firehouse this past Saturday. Partygoers were given the challenge to creatively respond to the theme of “DEMO.” Interpretations varied from institutional demolition to acts of collective demonstration.
Hyperallergic readers and partygoers cast thousands of votes in what was a very close race. “Demoiselles d’Avignon” took the win with its creative and eerily accurate interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting depicting five nude female prostitutes, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” The 1907 work marked his revolutionary and controversial move away from traditional European painting styles.
Runner-up spots in our online poll went to “Smoke” by Studio Dror, “Prentice Hospital: Back from the Dead” by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and “Demoiselle Demonstrator” by Hyperallergic Metro Editor Benjamin Sutton.
The night of the party, jurors Winka Dubbeldam (architect and founder of Archi-tectonics), Keller Easterling (architect/writer), Beatrice Galilee (the Met’s Daniel Brodsky associate curator of architecture and design), and Andres Jaque (architect/founder of the Office for Political Innovation), handed out these awards:
And it’s no surprise that Best Group Costume went to Rocha, Bem-Haja, Torres, and Shizuka’s “Demoiselles d’Avignon.”
For more on the night’s winners and costumes, visit Storefront for Art and Architecture.