It’s been a busy few weeks for my pal Katy Perry. She was the hostess with the mostest and the post-dinner entertainment at the Met Gala. She released a new song called “Bon Appetit,” and a video to go along with it, where she was prepared and served to Atlanta hip-hop crew Migos at a strip club. On Tuesday, she announced she would be a judge on ABC’s rebooted American Idol. And oh yeah, she’s releasing a whole new album called Witness on June 9.
Somehow, in the middle of all this, she managed to meet me at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to, in her own words, “punk some bitches.”
The concept for the newest episode of Derek Does Stuff with a Friend was all hers: re-create her “Bon Appetit“ single art and serve her head on a platter to innocent museum-goers on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The Whitney, which is currently hosting its biennale, was up for it, so I cast a wide net on the visitors of its eighth-floor permanent collection. The ruse was that Katheryn Hudson (Katy’s birth name) was a Santa Barbara–based artist (which is true, she did grow up there) who was doing a site-specific, one-day-only installation (also true, since I knew I wasn’t ever going to get her back under that table) and I wanted to document their responses on camera. The reactions were priceless. My favorite was a serious art person not exactly familiar with Katy’s body of work who immediately asked her, “So, what’s your creative process?”
She got really into it. In fact, she could have punked people all afternoon, but alas, all good things, and museums, have to close. I threatened to leave Katy under there, but ultimately we let her out. Eventually.
Source: Vanity Fair