Edmond Ruinart’s journey to the United States, in 1831, served as a starting point for the collaboration between the House and the American artist Dustin Yellin. The forty-year-old New Yorker is known for his works made from multiple panels of glass each composed of detailed images placed on top of each other like a mille-feuille to produce a three-dimensional effect. These works, often immense, belong to an imaginary world that combines science and fantasy.
On 27th October, art lovers and privileged friends of the House of Ruinart were invited to a dinner to discover the work Dustin Yellin has created for the House. ‘Edmond’, is the result of overlayed images and objects that combine to recount an odyssey: Edmond Ruinart’s encounters with key American personalities (such as the President at the time, Andrew Jackson), his tourist and culinary discoveries and his fascination for the entrepreneurial spirit which embodies America. Dustin Yellin’s work is built through a series of Impressionistic touches, like a modern palimpsest, and enhanced by humour.
The dinner took place in the artist’s enormous studio at Pioneer Works, near the Brooklyn streets through which Edmond Ruinart walked more than 180 years ago. The guests dined in an original decor that reflected Dustin Yellin’s world, surrounded by his work. The reception included a performance by the actor Brandon Dirden, written and directed by Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin, as well as delicious food and wine combinations with Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004, Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 and the emblematic cuvée of the House, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.
As an echo of Dustin Yellin’s work and his art of overlaying, the chefs skillfully employed the different ingredients that shaped Edmond Ruinart’s culinary experiences in the United States, such as corn, apples or wheat.