Update: The gala has been postponed due to hurricane damage. Visit the Performa website to stay updated.

No matter your opinion on their artistic contributions, no one can deny that the Surrealists knew how to party. Even Kanye West acknowledges the art movement's gift to generations of club kids to come.

Performa's upcoming over-the-top gala at Stage 37 in New York will pay tribute to the avant-garde party people by reviving Relâche, a 1924 Surrealist ballet by Francis Picabia and composer Erik Satie. Described as "an evening of perpetual motion and haute couture," the ballet revival will be attended by partygoers likely clad in only the finest black-and-white attire. As a result, we will give a prize to the first penguin we see.

Activities will include the drawing game known as exquisite corpse, a costuming station and a "time machine photo booth." (While we are not sure exactly what this entails, we are certainly hoping it involves Wyld Stallyns.)

relache performa We're not sure what's going on at the original party but it looks so fun!


Contemporary artist Ryan McNamara will play the role of Picabia for the evening, surrounded by aerial acrobats, a 12-piece live orchestra and the original Satie score. Perhaps the most indulgent part will be the Surrealist-inspired menu, set to include Magritte green apples on the place settings and a platter titled "How Many Surrealists Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb? (A Fish)."

Tickets range from $150 to $25,000, and VIP guests are expected to include Agnes Gund, Toby Devan Lewis, curators Cecilia Alemani, Milly Glimcher, Dominique Levy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Yvonne Force Villareal, and artists Ross Bleckner, Ryan McNamara, Cindy Sherman, and Michele Oka Doner. Not bad company, eh?

Performa's "Relâche - The Party" is on November 1 at 6 pm. in New York. Click here to buy tickets or ogle the website with jealousy while you plan your alternative Netflix queue.

To get you in the mood, see a racy NSFW slideshow from "Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism" that recently showed at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco:

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  • Lee Miller (1907-1977) Nude Bent Forward, c. 1930 Digital color coupler print 7 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. (20 x 17.5 cm) Lee Miller Archives, Sussex, England Photograph by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved. http://www.leemiller.co.uk

  • Eileen Tweedy (life dates still to come)Man Ray and Lee Miller at the Opening of "Man Ray, Inventor, Painter, Poet" Exhibition at ICA, London, Curated by Roland Penrose, 1975Gelatin silver print6 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (15.9 x 20.9 cm)The Roland Penrose Collection, England© Courtesy of The Penrose Collection. All rights reserved

  • Attributed to Man Ray (1890-1976)Fairground, c. 1930Vintage postcard print3 1/2 x 4 5/8 in. (9 x 11.9 cm)The Roland Penrose Collection, England

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)Shadow Patterns on Lee Miller's Torso, c.1930Gelatin silver print12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.8 cm)

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977) Self Portrait, variant on Lee Miller par Lee Miller, c.1930 Gelatin silver print 9 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. (23.3 x 17.4 cm) Lee Miller Archives, Sussex, England Photograph by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved. http://www.leemiller.co.uk

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977) Portrait of Man Ray, 1931 Gelatin silver print 9 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. (23.3 x 17.5 cm) Lee Miller Archives, Sussex, England Photograph by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved. http://www.leemiller.co.uk

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)A l'heure de l'observatoire - les amoureux (Observatory Time - The Lovers), c. 1931, color photographof 1964, after the original oil paintingColor photograph19 5/8 x 48 3/4 in. (50 x 124 cm)The Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2011 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/ Photo © The Israel Museum by Avshalom Avital

  • Man Ray Lee Miller's Eye, 1932Vintage gelatin silver print with inscription in ink on versoLee Miller Archive, England© 2010 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris

  • Man Ray (1890 - 1976)Lee Miller, ca. 1930Solarized vintage gelatin silver print23.3 x 18.8 cm.©The Artists Estate 2010. All rights reserved. The Penrose Collection.

  • Man RayPortrait of Lee Miller - Flying Head, c. 1930ParisVintage gelatin silver printLee Miller Archives, England© 2010 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)Le Logis de l'artiste (The Artist's Home), c. 1931Oil on canvas27 7/8 x 20 1/2 in. (71 x 52 cm)The Roland Penrose Collection, England© 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Courtesy of The Penrose Collection. All rights reserved

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977) Self Portrait, c.1930 Gelatin silver print 3 ½ x 2 1/8 in. (9.0 x 5.2 cm) Lee Miller Archives, Sussex, England Photograph by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved. http://www.leemiller.co.uk

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)Neck, c. 1930Gelatin silver print9 1/8 x 7 in. (23 x 17.8 cm)The Roland Penrose Collection, England© 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Courtesy of The Penrose Collection. All rights reserved

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)Indestructible Object, originally made 1928, destroyed Paris 1957, this replica 1959Metronome with gelatin silver print of Lee Miller's eye9 1/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (23 x 11 x 11 cm)The Roland Penrose Collection, England© 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Courtesy of The Penrose Collection. All rights reserved

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977)Tania Ramm and Bell Jar, Variant on Hommage à D.A.F. de Sade, c. 1930Gelatin silver print6 7/8 x 5 3/4 in. (17.7 x 14.7 cm)Lee Miller Archives, England

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)Untitled (gold lips), n.d.Gold1 x 4 in. (2.5 x 10.1 cm)Man Ray Trust© 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

  • Man Ray (1890-1976)Lee Miller Nude with Sunray Lamp, c.1929Gelatin silver print11 3/8 x 9 in. (29.0 x 22.9 cm)

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977)Woman with Hand on Head, 1931Digital print8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (21.7 x 17.4 cm)Lee Miller Archives, England© Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977)Man Ray Shaving, c.1929Gelatin silver print4 ¾ x 3 1/8 in. (12.3 x 7.7 cm) Lee Miller Archives, Sussex, England

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977) Untitled (Exploding Hand), c. 1930 Gelatin silver print 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (22.3 x 27.4 cm) Lee Miller Archives, Sussex, England Photograph by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved. http://www.leemiller.co.uk

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