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.
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 event also boasted attendance from Senator Charles Schumer, The First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, Chuck Close, Jeffrey Deitch, Rachel Antonoff, Barbara Corcoran, Dustin Yellin, Mickalene 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.