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Thursday, April 26, 2012

BAM 150th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday, April 12th BAM toasted its milestone 150 year anniversary with the BAM 150th Anniversary Gala. The landmark event, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, raised over $1 million for BAM and received support from a range of renowned artists including John Turturro, Trisha Brown, Debra Messing, Q-Tip and Philip Glass.   

Click below for details and photo highlights from this truly historic night at BAM!
For Full Event Albums click here, here, and here.

The celebration kicked off in the early evening as over 550 guests gathered for cocktails and dinner in an expansive tent adjacent to the historic BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building. Decor designer Fleurs Bella collaborated closely with the BAM Archives integrating BAM archival documents throughout the event space including photographs, slides, posters and video projections, illuminating BAM's rich history.    

At the dinner table guests tested their BAM knowledge at BAM 150th Anniversary trivia while taking a trip back in time with the evening's entree - a twist on the dish served at the BAM Cenntennial Gala Banquet at the Hotel St. George in Brooklyn, 1959.

Following the dinner, guests made their way across the street to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for a rollicking concert from New Orleans legend Dr. John.  The revelry continued at the Bourbon Street After Party back in the tent with the artists, complete with hurricane cocktails, beignets, beads and the Cupid Shuffle on the dance floor.

New York City Councilwoman Tish James, Honorary Corporate Gala Chair Frank Bisignano from JPMorgan Chase, and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins at cocktails
Decor designer Bella Meyer incorporated documents and images from the BAM Archives into the evening's decor, illuminating BAM's rich artistic history.
Emmy Award winning actress Debra Messing at dinner.
Gala guests under the 150 entrance to the tent.
New Orleans music legend Dr. John made his big entrance with a procession down the Opera House aisle. 
Guests kept the revelry going following the show at the Bourbon Street After Party with the artists.
Dr. John and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins at the after party.
Guests hit the dance floor for the Cupid Shuffle.  Brooklyn DJ Idlemind provided the after party music.
Guests enjoying hurricane cocktails, generously provided by Diageo.

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