With the 2012 presidential and 2013 New York mayoral races heating up, art world types are venturing into the political realm. Paula Cooper Gallery will be home to an Obama fundraiser tomorrow night, and tonight Andrew Kreps Gallery is hosting a fundraiser for Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who is expected to be a leading candidate for mayor.
The Kreps reception—whose guests will get to view a superb Cheyney Thompson painting show that ends its run on Saturday—is organized by New Political Generation, a political fundraising group started by art adviser Alex Marshall and fashion designer David Lerner.
“The idea of the group was to harness young and entrepreneurial people…who are interested in getting involved in politics,” Mr. Marshall told us by phone this afternoon. “We started the group six months ago, and did a fundraiser for Senator Gillibrand.” The 28-year-old adviser told us that event raised some $45,000 for her campaign. “Christine Quinn is another amazing woman,” he added.
Since the group targets young professionals, tickets to the reception start at $175, though a “champion” tier is available for $4,950.
Mr. Marshal said that the group plans to do an event every six months or so going forward. Next up at Kreps: a group show called “Commercial Psycho” that is organized by Vienna–based artist Will Benedict and scheduled to run July 12 through Aug. 24.