Back to School may seem like an overly obvious theme for MoMA PS1's annual exhibition fund gala—the museum is, of course, housed in a former NYC public school, with very few architectural modifications—but what the hell, it totally worked.

Last night, hundreds of party-goers, many dressed as high school students (which could mean almost anything, depending on the era and clique you were going for) went a little nuts in the old hallways and classrooms, bathrooms and gym.

Back to school #MoMAPS1 #highschool #sleepinclassalldayeveryday

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Orchestrated by Ryan McNamara, dozens of artists put on interactive performances or presented installations throughout the entire building, and all which at least loosely played off the high school conceit. The night culminated in a prom-like dance party, complete with balloon drop.

There was also the drag performance of the Freedom Kids' Trump song:


Unlike high school, the food served at the party was actually good, including stacks of pizzas from Speedy Romeo, tubs of rapidly melting custard from Shake Shack, corn dogs and PB&J's in the M. Wells cafeteria, and Grumpy coffee and Pies n Thighs donuts set out in a smoky teachers lounge.

Alcohol was also available in abundance (which may have been part of some people's high school experiences), with no lines at the many open bars. So although tickets to the fund-raiser was a steep-sounding $125, many guests clearly got their money's worth on food and drink alone.

Class is dismissed! See all of the evening's highlights in our Instagram Story #BacktoSchoolPS1

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