MAD Ball 2022 Honors Jeffrey Gibson & Cristina Grajales For A Witty Night Out

Murray Hill, Jeffrey Gibson, Michele Cohen, Cristina Grajales, Tim Rodgers

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last night the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held its annual meeting crazy ball benefit at the Museum’s New York home at 2 Columbus Circle. MAD honored renowned multimedia artist jeffrey gibson and esteemed New York gallery owner Cristina Grajales with Visionary Awards while celebrating the institution’s mission to champion contemporary creators in all creative fields.

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Tim Rodgers, MAD Director Nanette L. Laitman, welcomed the guests before a conversation between Christian Larsen, MAD Windgate Research Curator, and Cristina Grajales at The Theater at MAD. Cocktails were held at the Hall Luminairesspecially designed with elements of the shantell Martin x HOEK limited edition collaboration with music by DJ Timo Weiland. Guests were invited to explore open exhibits, including Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle, Chris Schanck: Out of the World, Y jewelry storiesand participate in artistic activities such as making masks with Lexy Ho Taicreating brooches with Aimee Petkusand make jewelry charms with Ashley Khirea Wahba Y ada chenin association with NYC Jewelry Week.

murray hill

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New York comedian, beloved cabaret artist and actor murray hill hosted the benefit ceremony at the museum’s ninth-floor restaurant, Robert, overlooking Central Park.

“When I was a child in Pereira, a small town in the coffee region of Colombia, I never expected to be in front of all of you at the Museum of Art and Design,” said Cristina Grajales, upon receiving her award. of the celebrated art collector and philanthropist, Beth Rudin DeWoody. After being introduced by the art business adviser. colleen keegan, Jeffrey Gibson shared: “To be honored by MAD for my work and practice is incredibly meaningful to me. The Museum has shown me support for over a decade and was the first to display the first punching bag sculpture in Change of hands 3 in 2012. I am grateful to have shared this evening with my husband, many fans and collectors of my work.”

Colleen Keegan, Jeffrey Gibson, Rune Olsen

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The awards took the form of unique sashes, made by the artist Beau McCall in his signature style, using decorative hand-sewn buttons of various materials, including rhinestones, wood, and mother-of-pearl, to create wearable visual works of art, each personalized to reflect the honoree’s affinities and interests. For Jeffrey Gibson’s band, McCall wanted to celebrate various aspects of Gibson’s Native American culture. For Cristina Grajales’ band, McCall created a bucolic-inspired piece that reflects some of his favorite pastimes of sitting in her country house and birdwatching.

Beau McCall, Elissa Auther, Souleo

Led by the MAD Chairman of the Board michele cohenthe evening included a special memorial tribute to Jerome A Chazen, President Emeritus of MAD, who passed away on February 6. In attendance were Chazen’s wife, simona chazen, and his sons, Louise Chazen Banon, Kathy and David Chazen.

David ChazenLauren Rosen

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President Emeritus of MAD lewis krugeraccompanied by his wife, Laura Kruger, It was celebrated with a cake for his birthday.

Guests included MAD board members Marian and Russell Burke, paola mike, Michael and Patti Dweck, Jeffrey Manocherian, Marsy Mittlemann, Bill and Ellen Taubman, President Emeritus of MAD Barbara Tober, Co-Chairmen of MAD Luminaries Alexander Hankin, Y christina seniaMAD Chief Curator William and Mildred Lasdon Elisa Auther, MAD Associate Curator Barbara Paris Gifford, as much as wes aderhold, Chiara Clemente, Rebecca Hessel Cohen, Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Misha Kahn, Elizabeth Kurpis, Casey Kohlberg, Eric Kuhn, Wendy Goodman, Julia Haart, Dakota Jackson, Lisa Perry, Bryna Pomp, Polina Proshkina, Ruben Toledo, Y Mia Wright-Ross.

Patti Dweck, Michael Dweck, Kathy Chazen, Sue Ringler

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The MAD Ball online auction, powered by artisticfeatures fine art and jewelry from a host of talented artists, including Lindsey Adelman, Paul Arnhold, Giulia Boccafogli, Oliver Clegg, Orly Cogan, Liz Collins, Mercedes Castro Corbat, Rachelle Dang, Jocelyn DeSisto, Ben Dory, Octavia Elizabeth, Andrew Erdos, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Giecco, Danielle Gori-Montanelli, Rebecca Hannon , Paula Hayes, Marge Hinge, Joan Hornig, Lauren Kalman, Eileen Keane, Heechan Kim, Chao-Hsien Kuo, Mariko Kusumoto, Peter Lane, Jessica Lichtenstein, Cannupa Hanska Luger, MoAnA Luu, Francesca Marcenaro, Shantell Martin x Hoek, Issey Miyake , Margo Morrison, Nick Moss, Jolie Ngo, Of Rare Origin, Richard Orlinski, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Faith Ringgold, Dame Zandra Rhodes and Andrew Logan, Roche Bobois, Chris Schanck, Kiki Smith, Carmen Tapia, Deborah Tseng, Claire Webb , Lorraine West, Diana Weymer, Kazumi Yoshida, Y David Yurman.


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers in all creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers and craftsmen applying the highest level of ingenuity. and skill Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of creation and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds on a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to art and design and reveal the workforce behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives.

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