It was called Gala 2000, but the space-odyssey orange glow inside the Whitney Museum of American Art Monday night made for a decidedly 2001 effect.
The crowd of art lovers got an after-dinner jolt when Jennifer Holliday, the original Dreamgirl, took the stage.
“She’s the living end!” said Sloan Lindemann Barnett, who co-chaired the event with her husband, Roger Barnett. “If I weren’t such a lady I’d have screamed out ‘encore.”‘
Young social types, an uptown art crowd and the sort of people who turn up larger than life in Chuck Close paintings made their way downstairs after dinner for cocktails, dancing and a surprise performance by what’s left of the Seventies disco group Chic.
The next night, artist George Condo celebrated “Pod People” — his new animated series that appears on a Web Site called Rsub.com — at Esme, the boite that just opened on West 24th Street.
Condo’s friend Claire Danes boogied in the back room with her boyfriend, Ben Lee.
“I’m on spring break,” she said, “so I’m allowed to have fun.”
A few nights earlier in San Francisco, Ann Getty, Jo Schuman Silver and Denise Hale gathered for dinner to toast Michael Gross’s new book, “My Generation.”
Getty and her girlfriends were preparing to fuel up the “Jetty” — as the clan calls its private plane — for a swing through Turkey and India in search of antiques.
Hale showed up with her step-daughter, Liza Minnelli.
“When I first met Liza,” recalled Hale, who was once married to Vincente Minnelli, “she was a teenager and looked very messy. I quickly took care of that.”