On Wednesday, April 20, the Brooklyn Museum will host the sixth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball — its yearly fundraising gala celebrating Brooklyn’s creative community — honoring Brooklyn-based art-world influencers Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia.
Those who attend the event will be the first to view a major new installation, “Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016.” Music world game-changer and Brooklyn Museum trustee Kasseem Dean, also known as Swizz Beatz, will provide the entertainment for the Dance Party immediately following.
The much-anticipated 2016 Brooklyn Artists Ball — the first under Anne Pasternak in her role as Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum — will be reinvented this year by David Stark’s event design team who will transform the Beaux-Arts Court into an elegant, magical and unexpected environment, and will feature many new artist-inspired surprises for guests.
Brooklyn arts patrons Carla Shen and Olivia Song are co-chairs of the event. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion Lobby with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before shifting to the Beaux-Arts Court for a seated dinner. The after-party crowds will return to the Pavilion for dancing and other activities.
“For more than 15 years, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia have been passionate and visionary champions of the Museum, Brooklyn artists, and the Brooklyn arts scene at large,” said Pasternak. “We’re celebrating all that they’ve made possible — which includes the acquisition of significant artworks for our collection, the creation of our contemporary art galleries and so much more. It is impossible to think of the Brooklyn Museum’s growth and future without the name Ingrassia!”
Tickets start at $1,500; tables of eight begin at $15,000. Proceeds will assist with expanding access and enhancing the Museum’s visitor experience. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/brooklynartistsball, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 718.501.6589.
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About the Honorees
Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia are prominent arts supporters and collectors whose passion and generosity continue to have a profound impact in their beloved Brooklyn and beyond. Actively involved with the Brooklyn Museum for more than 15 years, the Ingrassias have helped transform the landscape at the institution through their leadership and commitment. Their gifts and loans of important works by artists including Kara Walker, Deborah Kass, Skylar Fein and Cornelia Parker, among others, continue to enhance the gallery collections and visitor experience at the Museum.
Stephanie Ingrassia joined the Museum’s Board of Trustees in 2001 and became its first-ever president in 2011. Since that time, she has blazed historic trails for the Museum, including conceiving and launching the first Brooklyn Artists Ball (2011) and overseeing the launch and successful building of the Museum’s highest-level Membership program, the Director’s Circle.
In 2015, she co-chaired the Search Committee responsible for identifying Anne Pasternak as the Museum’s Shelby White and Leon Levy Director. Originally from Michigan, Ingrassia studied fine arts and art history at Michigan State and the University of London, and received her B.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her career in graphic design has included the design of books, magazines, newsletters, and promotional materials, and the teaching of computer graphics at the School of Visual Arts. Ingrassia has served on the boards of several organizations, including BRIC Arts/Media and CreativeTime, in addition to the Brooklyn Museum.
Tim Ingrassia is currently the co-chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) of Goldman Sachs. Prior to assuming the role in 2011, he led Mergers & Acquisitions in the Americas, and from 2002 through 2008, he was global head of the Consumer Retail Group in Investment Banking. Before that, he was co-chief operating officer in the Communications, Media and Entertainment Department in New York. He joined the firm in 1986 as part of the two-year analyst program and worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department until 1997. Ingrassia was named managing director in 1996 and partner in 1998. Outside of work, he serves on the board of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia and the board of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. He also serves as chairman of the Endowment Trust Board at BAM. He earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
The couple lives with their four children in Brooklyn Heights. They own and run a working farm and vineyard in Washington, Connecticut.
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About “Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016”
Paying tribute to a defining symbol of street music culture, Tom Sachs will transform the Brooklyn Museum’s Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion into a living sound system through an installation of eighteen sculptural boom boxes. Hovering somewhere between art and science, functional and mythological, the exhibition demonstrates the artist’s unique DIY aesthetic centered on ritualand symbolism.
Working inventively with a wide range of materials such as plywood, foam core, batteries, duct tape, rudimentary wires, hot glue, and solder, the artist and his assistants fabricate and modify hardware, objects, and architectural constructions.