The New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball Offers Something Other Galas Don’t
The stars turned out for Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham—and to visit studios.
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.
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