Who I am
My name is Kristina Foster and I am a TV Commercial Producer. I have been a Young Ambassador for 2 years. I’ve always had a crush on contemporary art. But with all the busy-ness, I lost touch. I’ve really enjoyed rekindling my interest in art through the Young Ambassador program of studio visits, curatorial tours and private collection viewings.
What I am most looking forward to on the night
It’s one thing to go to a museum and enjoy a new exhibition, but how much better if the exhibition is paired with unique 'sets’ from performance artists and musicians, and an open bar, right? This is why I’m such a big fan of the Young Ambassadors program and why I’m really looking forward to MCA SOCIAL.
I’ve been to some killer museum parties while I was living in New York and to me, I think this is Sydney’s equivalent but without the fancypants element. It’s all for art and art for all.
To explain my sans fancypants comment, check out this hilarious website called 'The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator’: www.pixmaven.com/phrase_generator.html
Why I want to raise funds for Primavera, the MCA’s annual exhibition for artists aged 35 and under
'We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination’ – David Lynch
Young artists open our imaginations. They exist outside the approval matrix. They are outcasts that push life’s borders.
Primavera has 'aided and abetted’ the careers of many important Australian artists including David Griggs, Nell, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Michael Zavros, Shaun Gladwell and The Kingpins.
I want to see what’s next.
How I interpret the Cocktail Glamour dress code? What I will be wearing?
Vintage ivory Carla Zampatti dress. Romance Was Born rose print bomber jacket. I will also be donning my new amazing Givenchy timber and PVC heels. They look architecturally divine but are wincingly uncomfortable so they will probably be seen flung on the side of the dance floor by about 10.00pm.
What I will be talking about
Wangechi Mutu’s work. It’s luxurious, messy, beautiful and unsettling all at the same time.
Last year’s Primavera, and my favourite, Kate Mitchell’s arty nuttiness in My Life in Nuts, in which she represented every day of her life with a mound of 11,109 unshelled peanuts.
And probably a more in depth discussion with my single friends as to whether the cute guy in the bow tie, bidding in the silent auction for the private yacht trip, is straight or not.
Who I will be mingling with
Last year the rooftop was filled with diverse, cerebral people from all professions, from all walks of life. I love the fact that people involved with the Young Ambassador events enjoy talking to one another about their backgrounds, their interests, their experiences in and out of art. I have met so many new people who have given me a broader view of Sydney, particularly the art scene.
What the venue is like
Wallpaper view. Too good to be true.
What live performances I expect to see
This year, Melbourne’s word-of-mouth-band, synth-pop duo Client Liaison are on the line-up. I saw them at the Golden Plains festival with their wild – part Mad Max III, part Robert Downey Junior, Less Than Zero aesthetic and white-boy yacht-rock, dance electronica. Quite the thing.
I’m looking forward to experiencing some insane performance art. Last year, Liam Benson created a mesmerising set that had him needlepointing an Australian flag as his flowing wig was lifted in dramatic fan gusts like some kind of Mariah Carey music video.
What I most enjoyed about last year’s event
At last year’s Young Ambassadors party the MCA felt different. I love the fact that the MCA is a quiet, peaceful temple for the contemplation of contemporary art, but that night it transformed into a loud, young, decently drunk art house.
The colour I would choose to sum up MCA SOCIAL
White like a blank canvas in waiting.
The drink I would choose to sum up MCA SOCIAL
One of those puzzling, bespoke cocktails that you’re not really sure what’s gone into it but it tastes fresh and looks amazing.
The word I would use to sum up the Young Ambassador program
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