The Brooklyn Artists Ball Raises Over $2.2 Million For Museum Programming

Daniel Stark designed Beaux Arts Court

Brooklyn Museum, you did it again. On the evening of Wednesday, April 20th the cutting-edge museum hosted its annual fundraising gala The Brooklyn Artists Ball. Each year the Ball just seems to get better and better. Even though the event itself changes, the tradition remains true as a celebration of art and the people who love and support the artists, institutions and their work. The 2016 sixth annual Brookyln Artists Ball raised over $2.2 million to support Museum programs and exhibitions.

Upon entering this year’s Brooklyn Artists Ball, an array of works from the Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2015 filled the sky-lit foyer. The exhibition “features eighteen works that highlight the artist’s ability to inventively transform ordinary, everyday materials into art. With wit and ingenuity, he creates boom box sculptures that play music and activate the space, turning it into an immersive sound environment,” according to the Museum’s website. Once you’ve soaked this all in, you began to notice that you’re in the presence of New York’s top art world professionals and artists. Each and every one of whom set the scene with incredible attire from head to toe. Watching these guests was a work of art in itself.

The night continued with cocktails afloat and an incredibly inspiring meal. The likes of Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Anja Rubik, Daniel Arsham and Jeffrey Deitch gathered to honor art supporters, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia and help the museum’s fundraising efforts. While speeches were being made and money was being raised attendees got to revel in the David Stark designed Beaux Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum.

The night’s proceeds will directly benefit the incredible programming put on by the museum each and every year. As said in their mission statement, “the Brooklyn Museum is to act as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. Dedicated to the primacy of the visitor experience, committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts.”

We can’t think of any greater honor than helping an incredible institution inspire people to be involved in and pursue the arts. Don’t miss out on the Brooklyn Artists Ball next year!

Anja Rubik and Waris Ahluwalia
Swizz Beatz and Dustin Yellin
Stephanie Jeanroy and Daniel Arsham
Norman Feinberg, Stephanie Ingrassia, Kasseem Dean, Carla Shen, Tom Sachs, Olivia Song

Photo by Nicholas Hunt:Getty Images for Brooklyn Museum