2017 Tribeca Ball Retrospective

At the annual Tribeca Ball, guests explore all six floors of the historic Franklin Street building that houses New York Academy of Art, while visiting with over one-hundred MFA artists in their studios over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with dinner guests moving on to a meal prepared by a master chef.

This year’s Ball, subtitled A Magical Menagerie, honored Will Cotton. Will trained at NYAA in the 1980s and is an unwavering protagonist of the academy’s mission. He teaches Master Classes, serves as a Senior Critic, and hosts an Artists’ Drawing Party fundraiser every fall. He is represented by Mary Boone, and known for his surreal, colorful portraits. Will has exhibited in major group and solo shows the world over, including at the National Portrait Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Triennale di Milano.

The event’s décor plunged guests into the aforementioned “menagerie,” with six floors of fantastical animal-themed installations inspired by Van Cleef and Arpels’ latest jewelry collection, L’Arche de Noé.

Starting in the lobby guests were regaled by the sounds of the Spiros Exaras Trio, and moving on to the upper floors they explored artists’ studios, an installation of prints by current NYAA students, and live drawing by alumni, among many other fanciful attractions.

Event Chairs included Alain Bernard, Christina Di Donna, Brooke Shields and Naomi Watts.

Support of the ball directly impacts the Academy’s scholarships and educational programming, allowing it to fulfill its mission of training the most talented emerging artists in the skills and techniques essential to the creation of vital contemporary art.

For more coverage of the Ball: Vogue, Avenue Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily.

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