PAMM Raises $1 Million in Three-Part Gala Honoring Chuck Close

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 Jorge M. Pérez, Darlene Pérez, Kara Ross & Stephen Ross photo by Juan E. Cabrera
Jorge M. Pérez, Darlene Pérez, Kara Ross & Stephen Ross photo by Juan E. Cabrera

PAMM’s Third Annual Art of the Party gala on Friday, March 4, raised more than $1 million for the museum’s education program. Funds came from more than 800 cultural philanthropists, artists, civic leaders and arts supporters who attended three different parties within a party.

Barbara Becker & Jessica Sirmans - World Red Eye
Barbara Becker & Jessica Sirmans – World Red Eye

The well-orchestrated event was conceptualized by Lee Brian Schrager, featured a Chef’s Table seated dinner, Supper Club lounge and Remix after party – with delicious dishes created by chef, author and Food Network personality Alex Guarnaschelli.

Lee Brian Schrager, Ricardo Restrepo, Leann Standish, & Johnny Chavez by WRE
Lee Brian Schrager, Ricardo Restrepo, Leann Standish, & Johnny Chavez by WRE

The Chef’s Table Dinner was an outdoor, waterfront affair hosted by Chairs Elle MacPherson and Jeffrey Soffer, Constance and Miguel “Mike” Fernandez, Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez and Kara and Stephen Ross. Guests included heavy hitters like Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez; Collector and PAMM Trustee Craig Robins and Patricia and Phillip Frost. 

Chuck Close by Juan E. Cabrera
Chuck Close by Juan E. Cabrera

At the Chef’s Table seated dinner, Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans honored Chuck Close, one of the most celebrated and influential artists of our time. The museum holds three examples of Close’s work in its permanent collection and in 2004, the museum presented the exhibition Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, which explored the artist’s innovative approach to printmaking.

Aaron Janus & Alex Guarnaschelli by World Red Eye
Aaron Janus & Alex Guarnaschelli by World Red Eye

Going on at the same time upstairs in the museum’s second-floor special exhibition galleries, a slightly more boisterous party was taking place at The Supper Club, hosted by Tara Soloman and Nick D’Annunzio, Soledad and Justin Lowe and Elana Jones and Dirk DeSouza along with Rachel and Roy Benmeir. 

Patricia & Phillip Frost by Juan E. Cabrera
Patricia & Phillip Frost by Juan E. Cabrera

Supper Club partygoers enjoyed a chic and provocative setting with live sets by DJ DZA and interactive art stations, including digital sketch artists and a wall to ceiling coloring book.

Dennis Scholl, Trudy Cejas, Debra Scholl & Paul Cejas by World Red Eye
Dennis Scholl, Trudy Cejas, Debra Scholl & Paul Cejas by World Red Eye

As the party started winding down, Supper Club guests were led to the Remix after party by a seven-piece band where they joined Chefs Table guests and those who arrived to enjoy part three, which included an oversize “Lite-Brite” style interactive installation, a professional portrait station positioned in front of the museum’s famous vertical gardens and dancing under the stars to DJ Jessica Who.

 

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