The Brooklyn Museum held its seventh annual Brooklyn Artists Ball on Monday, and the seated dinner reception included a special tribute to Alicia Keys and museum trustee (and Keys’ husband) Swizz Beatz.
According to Billboard, attendees — including Lenny Kravitz and Fab 5 Freddy – were asked to wear blue as a nod to the museum’s “Infinite Blue” exhibit. The event started with a cocktail party featuring arts and crafts and body painting on the first floor, where guests roamed through the Great Hall to look at the blue-centric art featured in the exhibition.
Dinner followed upstairs in the Beaux Arts Court. Guests sat at dinner tables — which had ladders of varying heights rising from them — as they were serenaded by a gospel choir and up-and-coming singer/cellist Kelsey Lu.
Leon Levy Foundation trustee Shelby White and Leon Levy Museum director Anne Pasternak kicked off the reception by rapping the names of all the artists in attendance. The duo shared that they were honoring Swizz Beatz’s visionary scope of music and his dedication to supporting artists through the Dean Collection.
Keys — who was honored for her drive of nurturing communities and providing creative mentorships — accepted the award, stating, “At this time in the world, art is the most important thing we can do.”
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Thank you @brooklynmuseum for a magical night. The first time my ❤️and I were honored together. Cheers to the artist in us all painting and creating the world. Challenging and breaking through, questioning and expressing! Our best work is ahead of us!! Shine!🌟🌟 #bkartistsball
After photo opps, the guests made their way back to the downstairs lobby to join a dance party hosted by Swizz Beatz. The producer took over the booth after DJ Runna warmed up the crowd. His DJ set included a lot of Drake, Robin S.’ “Show Me Love” and Jay Z and Kanye West’s “N—as in Paris.” Swizz called for a Soul Train line in the middle of the action-packed party, shouting out, “Are you all about artists changing the world? I wanna see you dance all night!”
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