Artists Ball Dinner in the Beaux Arts Court (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)
On the evening of Wednesday, April 15th, Brooklyn’s art community came together for one of the largest fundraising gala celebrations of the year, the Brooklyn Artist’s Ball. Held at the artistic mecca of Brooklyn Museum, the event’s initiative is to host installations by local Brooklyn artists via table ornamentations and auctions, honor various trailblazers in the art world, and raise funds for the museum.
Takashi Murakami, Arnold Lehman, Jeanine Basquiat, Lisane Basquiat and Kiki Smith (photo by Elena Oliva)
This year was particularly special as it honored retiring museum director Arnold Lehman, artists Takashi Murakami and Kiki Smith, along with representatives from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, sisters of the late-great artist.
Notable guests were treated to specially created installations by artists including OLEK, Swoon, Pioneer Works, FAILE, Catron & Outlaw, Duke Riley, SITU Studio and Fernando Mastrangelo, as seen in the photo up top.
Takashi Murakami & Amirah Kassem (Photo by Liz Ligon for Brooklyn Museum)
After the ceremony and dinner, guests were treated to a dance party in the museum lobby, with a fun Takashi Murakami-inspired gumball installation by Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop.
Catchdubs at the Dance Party (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)
Sounds of the evening were specially curated by Brooklyn’s own, Fool’s Gold Records. Co-founder Nick Catchdubs spun groovy tracks throughout the evening, whilst sharing the stage with Fool’s Gold label newcomers.
Leaf performing at the Dance Party (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)
It was really awesome to see some of my new favorite acts perform in the museum, including Leaf, Shash’U (who played enough Kaytranada and Kendrick to keep me dancing in near 5 inch heels), and Bosco. The dancers were ON POINT, the vibe was a mix of vogue, funk, and hip hop, and I was all for it!
ME! Dressed in Maison Kitsuné
I felt really cool to be at the dance party for the second year in a row, and was sure to bring my A-game fashion-wise as I absolutely hated my look last year, LOL. I had the pleasure of wearing the beautiful Pearly Bali dress by Maison Kitsuné and I felt like a million bucks! The full skirt and modest neckline are totally up my alley and perfect for dancing!
Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Allen/Cooper for having me. Here’s to more celebrations in art and culture!