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BAM Celebrates 150 Years with an Auction

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Long revered as the dominant cultural hub of the outer boroughs, the Brooklyn Academy of Music—or BAM, as it’s affectionately known—turns 150 this year. To celebrate, the company is collaborating with online art marketplace Paddle8 to present an online auction of over 100 pieces by notable artists, including photographs by Andy Warhol, a print from illustrator Maira Kalman and a new work by William Kentridge, whose films and drawings were the subject of a hugely popular retrospective at MoMA in 2010. All the proceeds will go to benefit BAM, and while the bidding is entirely digital, all of the works up for auction are installed in BAM’s lobby for the event’s two-week duration, alongside bidding stations. On April 22, BAM will host a free closing day celebration in the lobby, where guests can wander among the works, meet the artists and sip cocktails.

To showcase BAM’s distinguished history, Paddle8 has created exclusive editorial content to complement the online auction. There are rare materials from BAM’s Hamm Archives, including art prints, photographs and a video of the 1968 dance collaboration between Merce Cunningham, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. “Benefit auctions are so common, and often they get decontextualized. You lose sight of what you’re trying to raise money for,” says Holly Greenfield, director of For Good, Paddle8’s nonprofit division. “This was our opportunity to help people engage in a more in-depth way, and to explore the amazing things BAM has been able to achieve in its 150 years.”

April 11–22, paddle8.com

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