Party arty! Culture vultures celebrate Brooklyn Museum at annual gala

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A night in white: Guests gather at the Brooklyn Museum’s annual artist ball on April 20.
Culture vultures: Brooklyn Heigths residents Tim and Stephanie Ingrassia, who is president of the museum’s board of trustees, at the sixth edition of the gala, which celebrates art throughout the borough.
Art and politics: Assemblyman Joe Lentol with the museum’s new director Anne Pasternak.
Strike a pose: Perfomer Swizz Beatz and artist Tom Sachs pose for photos.

Brooklyn’s cultural elite partied the night away at the Brooklyn Museum’s annual Artists Ball on Wednesday night, celebrating the borough’s art scene and raising cash for the Prospect Heights institution.

More than a thousand people gathered for the sixth incarnation of the event, many donning white duds to fit the shindig’s “White Hot” theme, shelling out at least $1,500 a seat to raise a total of $2.2 million.

Guests posed for Polaroid portrait sessions with photographer Will Cotton and later danced to the music of Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, who spun records using a disc jockey booth that will be featured in artist Tom Sachs’s new exhibition of artsy stereos, “Boombox Retrospective: 1999–2016.”

The event also honored Brooklyn Heights residents and arts patrons Stephanie Ingrassia — who is the president of the museum’s board — and her husband Tim — a bigwig at Goldman Sachs — for their commitment to Kings County’s art world.

The party marks the first under new museum director Anne Pasternak, who took the reins in May last year, following the departure of longtime leader Arnold Lehman.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I have to say (and I'm not trying to start any trouble on this board) that this Anne Pasternak character seems a little young to be the Director of the Museum. I don't like to interrupt any more than I have to, but when it comes to the safety of our children (and the olds) I'm left without a choice.
John Wasserman
April 25, 2016, 2:32 pm
Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
Dude, are you not familiar with Pasternak's glowingly impressive, in-depth, stellar resume? What a ridiculous comment! And what in the world are you talking about, bringing up "safety of our child (and the olds)?" Please, take your meds, as prescribed!
April 25, 2016, 10:53 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
The quote was "safety of our CHILDREN (and the olds)"....
My comment was just the opinion of one man. That man's name is John Wasserman, and please enjoy your day (if you don't mind my saying so).
John Wasserman
April 26, 2016, 12:14 pm

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