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April 11, 2014

A Ball for Artists at the Brooklyn Museum

By Ingrid Skjong | Events

Alyson Shotz Sculpture
Alyson Shotz, Untitled, hand folded aluminum with enamel paint, 2014 (Courtesy of the Artist and Derek Eller Gallery)

The Brooklyn Artists Ball, held this year on April 16 at the Brooklyn Museum, aims to champion both its home borough and the talent that lives and works there.

Honorees include artist/activist Ai Weiwei, conceptual artist Jenny Holzer and portraitist Kehinde Wiley (as well as David and Jane Walentas, instrumental figures in the development of the Brooklyn neighborhood Dumbo). But 16 featured artists—all based in the borough—will take center stage, each producing an installation on a 40-foot table: Oliver Clegg’s rotating circular seating setup, a crocheted creation by Olek inspired by still-life paintings, Jeremy Couillard’s 16 dioramas. An after party will follow cocktails and dinner; proceeds from the event will help support the museum’s educational programs and special exhibits.

Needless to say, creativity runs high. And select works by the artists (like the sculpture pictured here by Alyson Shotz) make up an online auction, which will be at the gala, hosted by the digital art platform Artsy. Bidders can bid through April 16.

“Our guests leave the ball knowing that [we are] deeply committed to Brooklyn-based artists, who are a driving force in keeping the museum on the leading edge of contemporary art,” says museum director Arnold Lehman. “As more artists make their way to Brooklyn…the arts community continues to converge here at the Brooklyn Museum.” Tickets start at $1,000; 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn; 718-501-6436; artsy.net.