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Hole lotta art! Museum exhibit celebrates Arnold Lehman’s legacy

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Here’s an interesting one, John: Brooklyn Museum members John and Jill Gilbert pause to examine unusual art.
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Spin a yarn: Performers at the Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball sit completely crocheted in yarn.
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Cheers: Artist and performers Paul Outlaw and Ken Thomas clink glasses.
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The man himself: Brooklyn Museum President Arnold Lehman stands with his grandson Mitch at the Artists Ball, which was held in honor of Lehman and legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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Welcome to the party: First Lady Chirlane McCray hangs out with a pair of otherworldly party guests.
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Life is a ball: Attendees mingle at the Brooklyn Museum’s fifth annual Artists Ball on April 15.

It’s Arnie’s Army!

Art lovers flocked to the Brooklyn Museum on April 15 to toast the museum’s departing director, Arnold Lehman, and take in an exhibition that included works by legendary street artist (and Park Slope-born) Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The show, “Diverse Works: Director’s Choice 1997–2015” consisted of art collected by Lehman during his nearly 20-year tenure as Grand Poobah at the museum. In addition to Basquiat, it included works by artists Kiki Smith, Laurie Simmons, and Ai Weiwei. Attractions at the fifth annual Artists Ball included dancers entirely wrapped in crochet bodysuits, a derriere donut (your guess is as good as ours), and a dance party curated by the cool cats at Fools Gold Records.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 12:58 pm, April 20, 2015: Updated to correct artists included in the show and Arnold Lehman's correct title.
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Reasonable discourse

Me from Bay Ridge says:
Well, the gift shop is nice, anyway...
April 20, 2015, 8:02 am
ty from pps says:
is that Tim Horton on the right?
April 20, 2015, 10:40 am
ty from pps says:
I do love me some Tim Bits.
April 20, 2015, 11:14 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
What is that disgusting monstrosity in the pic?
April 20, 2015, 1:12 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Art! Don't you recognize it when you see it?
April 20, 2015, 3:35 pm
Cynthia from Clinton hill says:
Omg a I can't stop laughing!!!!!!
April 21, 2015, 10:12 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
I should have said him.
April 22, 2015, 2:57 pm

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