Inside the Whitney Museum Gala & Studio Party Honoring Michael Bloomberg
Last night on Tuesday, April 9th, the Whitney Museum of American Art raised $5.2M at its annual Gala and Studio Party. This year’s event honored entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for his lifetime support of the arts through his charitable giving and leadership in public service.
Marking the fourth anniversary of the Museum’s move to its downtown home in the Meatpacking District, the evening celebrates the Whitney’s past year of achievements including the exhibition Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again and the upcoming 2019 Whitney Biennial. The event is generously supported by returning sponsors Michael Kors and Audi.
The Gala program and dinner took place on the Museum’s fifth floor Bluhm Family Galleries. Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, Richard M. DeMartini, President of the Board of Trustees, and Robert J. Hurst, Chairman of the Executive Committee, paid tribute to Bloomberg. “Mike Bloomberg understands the connection between art and quality of life, that the arts are what bring communities together. He knows that where the arts thrive, cities flourish,” said Weinberg.
“The downtown Whitney, and all of the success we’ve enjoyed in the past four years, would have remained a dream without the support of the Bloomberg administration and Mike in particular,” noted DeMartini.
Following the Gala, the Studio Party took place on the Museum’s first floor Kenneth C. Griffin Hall and Andrea and James Gordon Restaurant at Untitled. Guests enjoyed drinks, passed bites, and entertainment by Soo Joo Park and Zuri Marley. Both Michael Kors and Audi presented interactive photo booths, which projected the photographs onto a large-scale LED wall for guests to enjoy. The front of the museum was electric where guests interacted with the 2019 Audi e-tron, the first fully electric model from the brand.