Chuck Close, artist. Photo Kate Seward.

April 16, 2014 @ Brooklyn Museum

Last night's Brooklyn Artists Ball at the Brooklyn Museum brought out the beautiful and stylish, from Chuck Close-clad in shades of springtime blue-to museum trustee Carla Shen in a simple gold column. The event, which honored the artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei and Kehinde Wiley, and the art patrons (and Dumbo developers) Jane and David Walentas, featured table installations by 16 artists.

You could say there was a table setting for every mood, including three-dimensional cloth renderings of body parts (Adam Parker Smith), costumes involving headpieces and lace collars that brought to mind Pilgrims and Flemish portraits (Nina Katchadourian), iPads showing the dark and light sides of the moon (Carrie Schneider), candy-colored knitwear (Olek) and a merry-go-round that revolved every 20 minutes (Oliver Clegg).

And if the visuals and the poussin merely whetted your appetite rather than sating it, there was a balloon- and bonbon-filled after party, hosted by Olivia Wolfe and Stephanie Krasnoff, the co-owners of American Two Shot in SoHo. Why not eat cake (or anything in the sugar family, for that matter) if you can do so while shaking it to Le1f and DJ Brenmar? Willy Wonka would certainly approve.


—Kate Seward