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A Tribeca Ball Under The Sea

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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The worlds of fashion, art, film, and business collided on April, 4 at the 21st annual New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball that honored one of art’s most esteemed couples, Eva and Michael Chow.


This year’s invitations called for shimmery chic attire and guests complied by donning their finest sparkling cocktail dresses. The dining room’s theme decoration was the Seven Seas, which is the subject of the event sponsor, Van Cleef & Arpels’s current collection.


Artistic personalities and New York’s moguls, such as Al Pacino, Linda Fargo, David Kratz, Eileen Guggenheim, Alain Bernard, Vera Wang, Naomi Watts, Marina Abramovic, Andre Balasz, and others, were greeted with glowing jellyfish sculptures dangling from the room’s celling and plastic seahorses. The live entertainment literally flooded the five floors of the sprawling gala featuring sea creatures of all kinds. There were contortionists, speed painters, stilted mermaids and mermen in full seafaring regalia, and attendees in glittery gowns. It seemed that the entire fete was submerged under the sea floating between fellow dinner table mates like fish amongst the coral reef forests.


Upstairs the dining room, guests while not enjoying the signature cocktails, were welcome to check out the artwork presented by the students in a mini impromptu art fair.


Chaired by Virginie and Nicolas Bos, Jeffrey Deitch, and Urs Fisher, with Brooke Shields serving as one of the Dinner Chairs, the annual gala, which benefits the graduate school’s scholarships and public programming, was a worthy tribute to the Chows. They were honored for their artistic and philanthropic contributions, including the newly created Eva & Michael Chow Scholarship Fund.


The Chows were seated on a podium in a courtly manner fitting for the festive occasion, with their daughter Asia Chow also present ta the event. Despite all the shimmer and glitter, the moments most sparkling moment came when Michael Chow delivered a lovely speech about his beloved wife, Eva’s shining contributions to the art world.


To learn more, visit nyaa.edu


Photos by Joe Schildhorn /BFA.com




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