Party in the Garden 2017

The Museum of Modern Art’s Party in the Garden, a benefit event held on June 5, honored Eva and Glenn Dubin and Susan and David Rockefeller, along with collection artists Vija Celmins and Carrie Mae Weems. In recognition of their prolonged commitment to culture, the arts, and MoMA, this year’s honorees were celebrated for their artistry and philanthropy. Co-chairs of the event were Agnes Gund, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Mimi Haas, and Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin. Honorary co-chairs were Leon D. Black, Marie-Josée Kravis and Jerry I. Speyer.

An after-party was highlighted by a special musical performance by James Blake, which took place in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Blake’s second studio album Overgrown was released in 2013 and was awarded the Mercury Prize. Blake received his second Grammy Award nomination at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for Best New Artist. His third studio album The Colour in Anything was released in 2016, to critical acclaim. Both as a musician and producer, Blake has collaborated with Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Beyoncé and most recently, Kendrick Lamar. This performance was the New York debut of his new highly anticipated solo piano show.  Additionally, the evening featured DJ sets by KAYTRANADA and KLAUS (1-800 DINOSAUR).

This year’s after-party featured a special host committee of emerging female artists affiliated with the museum, including: Zoë Buckman, Molly Crabapple, Teresita Fernández, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Anna Rose Holmer, Steffani Jemison, Jing Liu, Jumana Manna, Mika Rottenberg, Emily Roysdon, Erin Shirreff, Xaveria Simmons, Taryn Simon, Avery K. Singer, Sable Elyse Smith, Martine Syms–whose first solo museum exhibition in the United States is on view at MoMA from May 27 through July 16–and Anicka Yi..

Party in the Garden benefits MoMA’s Annual Fund and the maintenance of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The event also supports the Museum’s general operating fund, helping to make possible the Museum’s education programs and the care, study, and maintenance of its collection.