The New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball Offers Something Other Galas Don’t

Monday night’s Tribeca Ball presented by Van Cleef & Arpels was undoubtedly one of the most fun parties of the spring gala season. It had the hip guest list, the incredible outfits, and the gourmet food, but it also had something you don’t see all the time at these art events—actual art. Guests were free to roam the halls of the New York Academy of Art (NYAA)—(cocktails in hand, of course—exploring the students’ studios and, in many cases, making purchases. While some students were less than thrilled about having to tidy up their work spaces, we spoke to one young artist who had sold an entire wall of paintings—we suspect it was all worth it in his case.

The event was in honor of Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, but unfortunately we didn’t spot their daughter Lena Dunham anywhere. We did, however, see Padma Lakshmi, Alan Cumming, Harley Viera-Newton, Dustin Yellin, Michael Shvo, Glenn O’Brien, and Bob Colacello.

Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham.
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Dustin Yellin, Walton Ford, Zoe Lescaze, David Kratz, Bob Colacello Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Dustin Yellin, Walton Ford, Zoe Lescaze, David Kratz, and Bob Colacello.
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Arie and Coco Kopelman Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Arie and Coco Kopelman.
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Casey Fremont Crowe Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Casey Fremont Crowe.
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Charlotte Kidd Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Charlotte Kidd.
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David Kratz, Padma Lakshmi Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

David Kratz and Padma Lakshmi.
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Eileen Guggenheim, Alan Cumming Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Eileen Guggenheim and Alan Cumming.
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Harley Viera-Newton Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Harley Viera-Newton.
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Isabelle and Eileen Guggenheim Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Isabelle and Eileen Guggenheim.
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Michael and Seren Shvo, Zoe Lescaze, Walton Ford Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Michael and Seren Shvo, Zoe Lescaze, and Walton Ford.
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Misha Nonoo Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Misha Nonoo.
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Nicole Miller Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Nicole Miller.
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Will Cotton, Rose Dergan Photo: Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com

Will Cotton and Rose Dergan.
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