Battle of the Art Parties: Tribeca Ball vs. New Museum
Blocks away from each other on Monday night, the New York Academy of Art and the New Museum held their annual fundraisers. Which downtown art establishment did it better?
On Monday, Swizz Beatz was doing double tip-sheet duty, stopping by both the Tribeca Ball and the New Museum Gala. Luckily, he only had to travel between the New York Academy of Art and Spring Studios, a five-minute Uber jaunt. Dustin Yellin also managed both parties, a fact that Swizz celebrated by scooping him up in his arms for a photo opp. But how could they possibly dress for both, when the themes varied between “underwater” and “rainbow festive”? “You know what I said? I’m not going to wear all-black,” said Swizz. Seems like a safe bet.
New Museum: Downtown artists and the Art Production Fund crowd.
Tribeca Ball: Art world heavyweights and the real estate tycoons that collect them.
New Museum: Rashid Johnson, Thelma Golden, Francisco Costa, Yvonne Force Villareal.
Tribeca Ball: Marina Abramovic, Naomi Watts, Brooke Shields, Andre Balasz.
The It girls:
New Museum: Mia Moretti, Athena Calderone.
Tribeca Ball: Tali Lennox, Nell Diamond, Alexandra Chemla, Arden Wohl.
Swiss Beatz, Dustin Yellin
Location, location, location:
New Museum: Spring Studios, home to the Michael Kors fashion show.
Tribeca Ball: New York Academy of Art, which the ball raises funds for.
New Museum: $2 million.
Tribeca Ball: Over $850,000.
New Museum: “Rainbow festive,” inspired by Ugo Rondinone’s “Hell, Yes!” sign that once hung on the facade of the museum.
Tribeca Ball: “To the Far Horizon,” meant to take guests on a journey across the seven seas.
Best dressed according to theme:
New Museum: Michael Stipe in rainbow-striped bullhorns.
Tribeca Ball: Naomi Watts in sea blue Valentino.
Number of guests:
New Museum: 551
Tribeca Ball: Over 900
New Museum: Society wedding favorite, Bite.
Tribeca Ball: Downtown staple Sant Ambroeus.
New Museum: 90s hip hop pioneer (and consultant for HBO’s “Vinyl”) DJ Stretch Armstrong.
Tribeca Ball: Girl power duo Gillian Sagansky and Leslie Kirchoff.Follow Us:
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