Highlights From The Brooklyn Artists Ball

by Paddy Johnson on April 21, 2014 · 0 comments Events + slideshow

Installation view

Installation view. All images by Christian Grattan

There’s rarely much to say about museum fundraisers besides gossiping about who attended. Artist commissions are often an after thought, and the definition of a good party, is often purely defined by the networking than can be done at these things. Every year then, it’s a relief to attend The Brooklyn Artist’s Ball, which offers more than just an opportunity schmooze. As is its tradition, 16 Brooklyn-based artists —including Ghost of a Dream, Rico Gatson, Carrie Schneider,  Nina Katchadourian, and Olek —transformed 40 foot tables into master works of art on the third floor of the museum. Katchadourian’s table may have attracted the most attention through out the evening, as she provided dollar store sourced kits for patrons to dress up as portrait sitters  from the museum’s portrait collection. Adam Parker Smith’s table that replaced floral decorations with styrofoam vaginas easily rivaled though, as did Olek’s knitted table cloth, centerpieces and life-sized skeleton. A small video near the end of the dinner honored this year were development visionaries and art patrons Jane and David Walentas. Celebrated were artists Jenny Holzer, Kehinde Wiley, and Ai Weiwei. The tastiest part of the party, though, took place on the ground floor, thanks to a candy installation by The Floor Shop. May not benefit party be complete without a celebration of sugar. The slide show below. All images Christian Grattan.

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Olek’s croupier entertains the table’s guests.

 

Sara and Marc Schiller and

Sara and Marc Schiller of Wooster Collective wearing Nina Katchadourian

Padma Lakshmi

Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi

 

Michael Hall, Operations Director at Hauser and Wirth

Michael Hall, Operations Director at Hauser and Wirth (Formerly of the Armory)

Ellen Altfest

Artist Ellen Altfest

 

 Carolyn Salas

Artist Carolyn Salas

 

Adam Parker Smith

Artist Adam Parker Smith

Adam Ekstrom from Ghost of Dream

Adam Ekstrom from Ghost of Dream

 

Installation view

A view of a packed and sold out benefit hall

Turning the table

This particular table art work is completed when the outside ring is turned, thereby introducing diners to other diners.

Charles Schumacher and Anne Pasternak

Senator Charles Schumer and Creative Time President Anne Pasternak

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Suzanne Cochran with Creative Time Deputy Director Katie Hollander

Jeffrey Dietch

Art dealer Jeffrey Deitch

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Philanthropist and socialite Emma Hall

David Walentas

Two Trees President David Walentas

Lisa Kim and friends

Two Trees’ Jed Walentas, Wythe Hotel co-owner Peter Lawrence and Two Trees Cultural Affairs Director Lisa Kim

Kehinde Wiley

Artist and honoree Kehinde Wiley

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Two guests beaming brightly

Phyllis Mailman

Phyllis Mailman and friend

Olek

Olek

Vice Director of Digital Engagement Shelley Bernstein and Brooklyn Museum President Arnold L. Lehman

Vice Director of Digital Engagement Shelley Bernstein and Brooklyn Museum President Arnold L. Lehman

President of Pratt Insitute, Thomas F. Schutte

President of Pratt Insitute, Thomas F. Schutte

Two Trees Cultural Affairs Director Lisa Kim

Two Trees Cultural Affairs Director Lisa Kim

Party goer with marshmellow headband

Party goer with marshmellow headband

Nick Griffin

Aptsandlofts.com broker Nicholas D Griffin

Chuck Close

Artist Chuck Close

Nina Katchadourian

Artist Nina Katchadourian

Rico Gatson's Table

Artist Rico Gatson’s Table

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Olek’s skeleton attends the ball.

Artist so and so's table

Table by Nick Van Woert

Adam Parker Smith's table

Adam Parker Smith’s table. Foam vagina’s!

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Artist Courtney Smith’s table

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Artist Jeremy Coulliard’s table

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Artist Jeremy Coulliard, (detail)

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Artist Marianne Vitale

Artist so and so's table

Artist Iona Rozeal Brown’s table

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