Inside The Ruinart Champagne & New Museum Dinner In NYC

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Photo Credit — Kelly Taub / BFA

Art world insiders, such as Alexandra Chemla (Art Binder Founder), Isolde Brielmaier (Arts & Culture Director for Westfield World Trade), Hank Willis Thomas (Artist), Rujeko Hockley (Whitney Museum Curator), Sebastien Cwilich (Artsy Founder & President), Rachel Rose (Artist), Rachel Rossin (Artist), Lisa Phillips (New Museum Director), Eliza McNitt (Artist) and Michael Xufu Huang (Art Collector), among others gathered to celebrate the museum’s cultural incubator, NEW INC, which supports innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship across art, design and technology.

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Photo Credit — Kelly Taub / BFA

Guests enjoyed Champagne from the world’s first established Champagne House, Ruinart, as they toasted other boundary-pushing cultural disruptors. Rising creatives and current NEW INC members Eliza McNitt and Nikolas Bentel showcased their recent projects, awing the crowd.

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Photo Credit — Kelly Taub / BFA

Eliza directed the first seven-figure Virtual Reality deal to come to fruition following this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Nikolas is auctioning off an advertisement-covered original Robert Rauschenberg work to raise awareness of price gauging in the art market.

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Photo Credit — Kelly Taub / BFA

The Forever First kick off dinner was the first of a series that will continue throughout the year with Ruinart and NEW INC. At the end of the year, Ruinart will make a donation to a NEW INC student to help pursue their passion project.

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