Creative Time Gala 2014 dinner. Photo Ryan Kobane, courtesy of BMF Media.

May 06, 2014 @ Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn

New York public art organization Creative Time raised $1.3 million at its spring gala last night while celebrating artist Kara Walker. In the cavernous interior of the disused Domino Sugar Factory, overlooking the East River in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, 700 attendees got an advance look at Walker's show "A Subtlety," featuring a mammoth sphinx coated in sugar and sporting a head that echoes stereotypical images of black servant women. (The show is open to the public May 10-July 6.)

In attendance were museum directors like Philippe Vergne of MOCA L.A. and Thelma Golden from the Studio Museum in Harlem; artists including Wangechi Mutu and Mickalene Thomas; arts patrons such as Eli and Edythe Broad and Agnes Gund; and dealers including Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Brent Sikkema. Guests danced to infectious beats played by DJ Afrika Bambaataa.

In addition to a silent auction to support Creative Time featuring works by artists such as Julian Schnabel and Shirin Neshat, Christie's veteran Amy Cappellazzo and Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation solicited donations to support Creative Time and the New York nonprofit Freedom for All, which works to end slavery.