The New York gala was filled with celebrities galore, with everyone from Barbara Walters to Kim Cattrall making an appearance first at the museum dinner and then the after-party. The latter featured Beyoncé's younger sister pulling DJ duty in a risqué leaf print "shorts and skirt hybrid" and Santigold in a floral dress performing her unique mix of pop, New Wave, hip-hop and electronica.
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The event honored MoMA trustees Michael Lynne, Anna Marie Shapiro and Edgar Wachenheim III "in recognition of their philanthropic endeavors and contributions to the cultural community" and with proceeds going to the MoMA's "general operating fund, supporting [their] award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of the collection."
The evening began in the highly decorated Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner, which came with a hefty price tag: $2,500 to $100,000 (for a table for 10). The after-party was significantly cheaper at $150, which included a three-hour open bar and the concert (though some people, like myself, who saw Santigold put on an amazing show and enjoyed an open bar -- all for free! -- at this year's Spin party at South by Southwest might not think it was a such a great deal).
Artists including photographer Cindy Sherman (who currently has a retrospective at the museum) and realist painter and photographer Chuck Close were in attendance as well. Close told ArtInfo that the museum has a great collection. "Great art, a resource for our city," he said. "We're all lucky to have it."