CULTURE

Brooke Shields, Naomi Watts, and Some Real-Life Sanctuary Animals Inside the Tribeca Ball’s Magical Menagerie

Photographed by Landon Nordeman

For the Tribeca Ball‘s 22nd outing, co-chairs Naomi Watts, Brooke Shields, Christina Di Donna, and Alain Bernard really outdid themselves. Drawing on sponsor Van Cleef and Arpels’s new Noah’s Ark-themed collection, they transformed the New York Academy of Arts building in northern Tribeca into a magical menagerie filled with animal-themed art and even a few living birds, perched in nests on the top floor of the building as artists sketched them. (The birds sat patiently for their portraits — nearly motionless, it was easy to mistake them for their stuffed counterparts.) Artist Will Cotton, the night’s honoree, floated through the space, mingling with student artists, leading gallery tours, and hobnobbing with guests like Martha Stewart. Go inside the Tribeca Ball’s candy-colored, totally on-theme menagerie, here.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Will Cotton with Ellen Guggenheim at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guests at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Ellen Guggenheim, right, and Alain Bernard at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Artist Sam Cannon at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Brooke Shields at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guests at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Naomi Watts at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guests at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Sunrise Ruffalo and Naomi Watts at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Damian and Zoya Loeb at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guests at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guests at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Alan Cumming at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Donna Karan and David Kratz at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Martha Stewart at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guests at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Guest at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.

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Harris’s Hawk named Paula at the 2017 Tribeca Ball at the New York Academy of Art on Monday, April 3, 2017, in New York City.