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On Friday night, while the rain poured down in Manhattan, a young moneyed crowd showed up in support of another dangerously drenched city, Venice, at the...

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Meanwhile, Ginnifer Goodwin and Ali Larter attended LACMA's One-Night Only event, hosted by W, and the Whitney Museum had a weeklong celebration for the opening of its 2008 Biennial. At the Whitney's Tuesday night reception, Marilyn Minter, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Fritz Haeg (whose "Animal Estates" installation graced the front entrance) greeted friends, while Mary Boone, Stefania Bortolami and seemingly every gallery assistant in town made the rounds. Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis gamely tried to plow through the crowds and actually see the art, though others, like Coco Kopelman, walked in, took a look at the lobby and walked out. Meanwhile, model Chanel Iman (wearing a Barbara Kruger T-shirt from the Gap collaboration with Yvonne Force Villareal's Art Production Fund) was having an immersion course in contemporary art. "I didn't think I would like art," she said. "I see some pieces I would buy for my mansion, when I get one."

Thursday night, Graff chief Henri Barguirdjian co-hosted a dinner at the Park Avenue Armory, which this year is an outpost of the Graff and NetJets-sponsored Biennial. Leonard Lauder, Adam Lindemann and Amalia Dayan mingled in a room filled with ropes of blonde hair braided and tied with red bows — actually an installation by Oregon artist MK Guth. While guests slipped upstairs to check out more installations or admired the three models dripping in diamonds, co-chair Liz Swig was on a mission: "I'm going to bring back tequila," she announced, as she had waiters bring rounds of shots for her guests.

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