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See Photos From the Brooklyn Museum's 2015 Brooklyn Artists Ball

See Photos From the Brooklyn Museum's 2015 Brooklyn Artists Ball
The Duke Riley-designed table at the Brooklyn Museum's Brooklyn Artists Ball

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.

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murakamiTakashi Murakami and Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem

basquiatsLisane and Jeanine Basquiat, sisters of Jean-Michel

faileErica and Patrick Miller of FAILE (left) with Marc and Sara Schiller

kehindeKehinde Wiley

dustinDustin Yellin

cindyCindy Sherman

sacklersNorman Feinberg and Elizabeth Sackler, patrons of the museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

more lehmanArnold Lehman addressing the dinner guests

overheadA view of the dinner

confettiGuests at FAILE's table

outlawPaul Outlaw dangling a giant cheese above his table

olekTwo of OLEK's whimsical performers


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