AO On-Site: The Brooklyn Museum Gala, Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

April 19th, 2014

Kehinde Wiley, via Art Observed
Kehinde Wiley, via Art Observed

On Wednesday night, the Brooklyn Museum opened the doors for its annual Gala, bringing together a diverse group of artists, collectors and trustees to honor painter Kehinde Wiley, artist Jenny Holzer, and developer Jane Walentas.

Orly Genger, via Art Observed
Orly Genger, via Art Observed

Celebrating the talents of New York City’s second borough, the Museum invited a group of 16 artists, including Oliver Clegg, Orly Genger, iROZEALb, Rico Gatson, Heeseop Yoon, and Ghost of a Dream to design table settings and dioramas for the event, adding an imaginative flare to the evening.  Similarly interactive installations and pieces were also on view from Bruno Levy and Blake Shaw, who created an enormous media projection which allowed guests to draw on-screen, tracing enormous, moving lines across a colorful surface.  Other highlights included a bizarre setting featuring parts of the female anatomy by Adam Parker Smith, and one featuring Orly Genger’s signature rope sculptures.

The Brooklyn Museum Gala, via Art Observed
The Brooklyn Museum Gala, via Art Observed

The event also boasted attendance from Senator Charles Schumer, The First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, Chuck CloseJeffrey Deitch, Rachel Antonoff, Barbara Corcoran, Dustin YellinMickalene Thomas, Iris Cantor, Phyllis Mailman, and Elizabeth Sackler, among many more.  Art Observed was on hand at the event, and captured these images from the night.

Dustin Yellin and Oliver Clegg, via Art Observed
Dustin Yellin and Oliver Clegg, via Art Observed

Oliver Clegg's Table, via Art Observed
Oliver Clegg’s Table, via Art Observed

OLEK's table design, via Art Observed
OLEK’s table design, via Art Observed

Adam Parker Smith's Table, via Art Observed
Adam Parker Smith’s Table, via Art Observed

Inside the Event, via Art Observed
Inside the Event, via Art Observed

Brooklyn Museum Gala, via Art Observed
Brooklyn Museum Gala, via Art Observed

Brooklyn Museum Art Auction, via Art Observed
Brooklyn Museum Art Auction, via Art Observed

Nick Van Woert Table, via Art Observed
Nick Van Woert Table, via Art Observed

Marianne Vitale table, via Art Observed
Marianne Vitale table, via Art Observed

OLEK, via Art Observed
OLEK, via Art Observed

At the Brooklyn Museum Gala, via Art Observed
At the Brooklyn Museum Gala, via Art Observed

Cocktails in the Atrium for the Brooklyn Museum Gala via Art Observed
Cocktails in the Atrium for the Brooklyn Museum Gala via Art Observed

—D. Creahan