Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
MASS MoCA Gala Enchants at The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
Fiona Breslin reports from New York City.
Despite a snowstorm, it was without fail that friends and fans of MASS MoCA trekked to attend the museum’s annual New York City benefit on Wednesday, November 7. Hosted at the elegant Loeb Central Park Boathouse, the evening offered New York-based constituents a chance to show their support for the modern art mecca that provides education, entertainment, and visual and performing arts to and from friends around the globe. Museum president Joseph Thompson warmly greeted guests upon arrival as cocktails were served and a silent auction that included work from photographer Gregory Crewdson, Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson, upcoming MoCA exhibiting artist Xu Bing, and Annie Liebovitz took place. Guests dined at an intimate sit-down dinner, catered by the boathouse, interspersed with a live auction hosted by deputy chariman of Christie’s America, Eric Widing. Casting further charm over the evening was an honorary performance by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne who sang a ballad from Here Lies Love; which was in residence at MASS MoCA in June. Following the performance, Thompson thanked guests once more before inviting bluegrass band, Morgan O’Kane (who performed at MoCA’s FreshGrass Festival this summer) to the bandstand to help close the night on a rousing final high note.
Music legend David Byrne and Renée Albulario performed the song God Draws Straight with Crooked Lines. Byrne wrote the ballad as part of Here Lies Love which was in residence at MASS MoCA in June and will be showing at The Public Theater in April.
Treasurer of the Jacob’s Pillow board Christopher Jones, executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Ella Baff, and Dona Lee Kelly; Mari Jakachi and Jackie Glover.
Claire Mann, Kate Morris, and MASS MoCA foundation board of trustees member Bridget Fawcett.
David Byrne and his band performing God Draws Straight with Crooked Lines from Here Lies Love .
Rabbit Island’s Rob Gorski, M.D.; Samuel Robinson and Lise Evans.