People’s choice winner: “Exposed Brick” (Colin Curley) (all photographs by Cameron Blayclock)

We have a winner! The “People’s Choice” award for this year’s Storefront for Art and Architecture‘s Critical Halloween Costume Competition goes to Colin Curley for “Exposed Brick.”

With over 2,600 votes cast by Hyperallergic readers, “Exposed Brick” came out on top in a worthy field of such impressive costume contenders as Yayoi Kusama, Frank Stella’s Protractor series, Klaus & Marina, Banksy stencils, and Emojitecture.

The theme for this year’s event, which welcomed more than 400 guests to The Malt House in Harlem, was “CorporateAvantGarde: Ghosts and Fictions,”  and while the clever first-place winner may unintentionally reify the retrograde corporate mythos of the solitary Great Man, the contest’s other top vote-getters were collaborative costumes, a tribute to the nature of the true corporate avant garde.

Costumes this year focused on social, economic, and urban issues, including a (fake) $15 million check for the visionary +Pool project, student loan manifestations, national debt reinterpretations, and women breaking through the glass ceiling. Other costumes referenced corporate influences within the art world such Absolut vodka’s artists ads in the 1980s and 90s and a Jeff Koons retrospective.

Runner-up spots in our online poll went to “Mr. Monopoly Man & Mrs. National Debt,” “Facetime,” and “Jeff Koons Retrospective,” which also won the “Golden Chicken” juried grand prize that night.

For more on the night’s 11 juried winners from the night head on over to Storefront for Art and Architecture.


First runners-up: “Mr. Monopoly Man & Mrs. National Debt” (Lauren Keady & friend)

Facetime (Arthur Dabrowski & Jamie Edindjiklian)

Second runners-up: “Facetime” (Arthur Dabrowski & Jamie Edindjiklian)


Third runners-up: “Jeff Koons Retrospective” (Hayes Slade & friends)

Costume photos by Cameron Blaylock.

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