The well-dressed revelers who streamed into the Brooklyn Museum this week for the fifth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball encountered an unusual sight when passing through building’s glass revolving doors: life-sized decals of Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman, which twirled along with the visitors in a sort of welcome dance. The decals and the many other pictures of Lehman that spread throughout the museum were a way of honoring the director, whose nearly two-decade-long tenure dramatically reshaped the institution—from adding its distinctive glassed-in façade to overhauling its curatorial departments—and who is retiring this June.
As a result, the occasion had an especially celebratory tenor, and many of the museum’s circle of artists rose to the occasion, donating extra-special works to a benefit auction—facilitated by Artspace—in support of the institution. The artist-designed tables that are a trademark of the ball’s dinner was also especially exuberant, with contributions by the colorful crochet artist OLEK, Swoon, Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works, FAILE, Catron & Outlaw, Duke Riley, SITU Studio, and Fernando Mastrangelo.
Below see photos from the evening’s festivities.
Takashi Murakami and Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem
Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, sisters of Jean-Michel
Erica and Patrick Miller of FAILE (left) with Marc and Sara Schiller
Norman Feinberg and Elizabeth Sackler, patrons of the museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Arnold Lehman addressing the dinner guests
A view of the dinner
Guests at FAILE's table
Paul Outlaw dangling a giant cheese above his table
Two of OLEK's whimsical performers