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32 Art Parties That You Won’t Want to Miss This Spring and Summer

April is officially here, and New Yorkers everywhere are patiently awaiting the arrival of spring: where the fashionistas will roll out their designer spring/summer collection, the bartenders stir up G&Ts for rooftop cocktail parties, and patrons have the opportunity to celebrate and support their favorite art organizations at their upcoming events. Mark your calendar because these are the best art soirées you won’t want to miss. UPDATED events below 


1. The International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards, April 2

photo // courtesy of ICP

The International Center of Photography’s 35th annual Infinity Awards honors outstanding achievements in photography and visual arts. All proceeds from the Infinity Awards benefit ICP’s education and exhibition programs. Purchase tickets

 Ziegfeld Ballroom, 141 West 54th Street, NYC


2. Aperture Spring Party, April 5

photo // courtesy of Aperture

Support Aperture at the annual Spring Party, celebrating the forthcoming publication Ethan James Green: Young New York, taking place at The Times Square EDITION. The event is sold out, but you can support Aperture by clicking here.

The Times Square Edition,  701 7th Ave, NYC


3. Bronx Museum Gala, April 8

The Bronx Museum of the Arts will hold its annual benefit and auction on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:30pm at Capitale, 130 Bowery on the Lower East Side. All proceeds enable the Museum to continue offering free public programs, Free Admission, internationally recognized exhibitions, and arts education programs to over 16,000 youths each year. Purchase tickets

Capitale, 130 Bowery, NYC


4. Tribeca Ball, April 8

photo // courtesy of NYAA

This year’s Tribeca Ball will honor KAWS with event chairs Swizz Beatz, Helen King and Per Skarstedt. Junior tickets start at $250. Purchase tickets

111 Franklin St, NYC


5. Whitney Studio Party, April 9

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The Studio Party is the Whitney’s Gala after party. All tickets contribute to the Museum’s mission of presenting groundbreaking exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and advancing the careers of some of the most innovative living artists of our time. The Studio Party welcomes young patrons, emerging artists, collectors, and guests from the worlds of art, fashion, business and entertainment for an evening of cocktails, music and exhibition viewing. Purchase tickets

Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St, NYC


6. American Friends of the Louvre Gala, April 10

photo// courtesy of AFL

On April 10th, 2019 American Friends of the Louvre will host its annual gala dinner, this year celebrating the 30th anniversary of I.M. Pei’s iconic Pyramid. The evening will take place at Sotheby’s and will include a musical performance by renowned soprano Abigail Fischer and a live auction of art and luxury items and experiences. Purchase tickets

Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, NYC


7. Public Art Fund Spring Benefit, April 11

photo // courtesy of PAF

Join Public Art Fund on Thursday, April 11th, at Metropolitan West for an unforgettable evening as we raise a glass to the dynamic artists they have recently worked with to transform our city, including Siah Armajani, Tauba Auerbach, Anselm Kiefer, Mark Manders, Tony Oursler, Erwin Wurm, and B. Wurtz.`There will also be an afterparty. Purchase tickets

Metropolitan West, 639 West 46th Street, NYC


8. Guggenheim Young Collectors Party April 11

photo // courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Join New York’s most influential collectors, artists, art supporters, and curators for the Young Collectors Party. Set in our iconic rotunda, the evening will include performative interventions choreographed by Brendan Fernandes, an artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Conjuring what the artist calls “ballet kink,” Fernandes’s performances explore notions of desire, labor, and power through classical ballet techniques and shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage. Dress the part—think leather and tulle. Purchase tickets

1071 5th Ave, New York, NYC


9. 2019 NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit, April 11

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The Hall of Fame Benefit honors extraordinary artists and individuals who exemplify the spirit of uncompromised artistic vision and integrity that NYFA strives to make possible for all artists. This year’s honorees include Sanford Biggers, Karl Kellner and Min Jin Lee. Purchase tickets

Capitale, 130 Bowery, NYC


10. Parrish Art Museum Spring Fling, April 13

photo // courtesy of Parrish Art Museum

The Spring Fling is the Parrish’s annual benefit event for the entire community that helps support the Museum’s incredible year-round education programs. Enjoy an open bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs. Purchase tickets

279 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY


11. Brooklyn Artists Ball, April 16

photo // courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

Join the Brooklyn Museum as they honor Nick Cave and Bank of America and celebrate Frida Kahlo during the art world’s most beloved, fun, and inspiring event of the year—the Brooklyn Artists Ball! Cocktails, dinner precede one of the best after parties featuring DJ Swizz Beatz. Purchase tickets

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY


12. SculptureCenter’s Spring Benefit: Lucky Draw, April 16

photo // courtesy of SculptureCenter

Lucky Draw is a one-of-a-kind art raffle that guarantees that each and every ticket holder goes home with a work of art. This fast-paced one night event offers first-time and seasoned collectors access to works by today’s most innovative talents and raises funds to support SculptureCenter’s programs dedicated to contemporary artists. Purchase tickets

SculptureCenter, 44–19 Purves Street, Long Island City, NY 


13. YoungArts New York Gala, April 16

photo // courtesy of Young Arts

The YoungArts New York Gala underscores YoungArts’ longstanding and growing commitment to supporting emerging New York-based artists. The event brings together New York City’s top cultural and community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and art aficionados. Purchase tickets

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, NYC


14. Skowhegan Awards Dinner, April 23

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Join Skowhegan for an evening celebrating some of the most influential artists, arts advocates, and cultural philanthropists of our time. In 1971, to mark its 25th Anniversary, Skowhegan hosted its first Awards Dinner in New York City at the Plaza Hotel. Almost 50 years later, the event remains the School’s single largest annual fundraiser. The evening begins with cocktails, followed by dinner, and culminates with an After-Party featuring two exciting performers, all held in the Cipriani 42nd Street’s iconic location. Purchase tickets

Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC


15. El Museo GalaMay 2

Photo // courtesy of @hrabethge

El Museo del Barrio is delighted to commence its 50th-anniversary celebration with its annual Gala, a spectacular event that brings together Latino and non-Latino cultural luminaries and leaders in business, finance, fashion, entertainment, art and philanthropy to raise crucial funding for the Museum. Purchase tickets

The Plaza Hotel, NYC


16. Noguchi Spring Benefit, May 2

photo // courtesy of Noguchi

On May 2, 2019, The Noguchi Museum will hold its annual Spring Benefit and presentation of the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award honoring Rei Kawakubo. Proceeds from the evening raise critical support for the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and education programs. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Museum’s sculpture garden, followed by the presentation of the Isamu Noguchi Award. Afterward, a silent auction and dinner will take place in the galleries. Purchase tickets

The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY 


17. Queens Museum’s Annual Gala , May 2

photo // courtesy of the Queen’s Museum, Scott Rudd

Join the Queens Museum’s at their Annual Gala on Thursday, May 2, 2019, as they celebrate another year of ambitious contemporary art exhibitions, engaging community programs, and our nationally acclaimed education initiatives. They will also be welcoming their newly appointed President and Executive Director, Sally Tallant. Purchase tickets

Queen’s Museum, New York City Building, Corona, NY 


18. New York City Ballet Spring Gala, May 2

photo // courtesy of NYCB

New York City Ballet will welcome the season with an annual favorite: the 2019 Spring Gala. Join us and our newly appointed Artistic Leadership team, Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, as we celebrate both the rich history and the bright future of NYCB. Purchase tickets

David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC


19. Dia:Beacon Spring Benefit, May 4

photo // courtesy of Dia

On Saturday, May 4, Dia will celebrate Dia:Beacon, the home to Dia’s permanent collection, with a luncheon in the galleries. This event raises crucial funds for Dia:Beacon’s special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Purchase tickets

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York


20. Power Fete: A Benefit for the Rubin Museum, May 7

photo // courtesy of the Rubin

Join the Rubin Museum for an evening of surprising Museum-wide experiences, flavors, and sensations. Take part in an exciting performative power disruption and spark conversation, community, and art by supporting the Rubin. Enjoy delicious food and drinks at this one-of-a-kind cocktail and performance extravaganza. Purchase tickets

Rubin Museum, 150 West 17th St. NYC


21. The High Line Spring Benefit, May 21

Photo // courtesy of The High Line and Liz Ligon

What’s better than cocktails and dinners on the High Line? This year, High Line will honor the Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation. The Spring Benefit brings together community, civic, and industry leaders to celebrate all that keeps the High Line thriving, honoring special individuals or companies who have contributed to its progress. Purchase tickets

The Highline, NYC


22. International Print Center New York Spring BenefitMay 22

Photo // courtesy of @IPCNY

IPCNY’s annual Spring Benefit Dinner celebrates the field of print, and the achievements of the individuals working within it. Each year, IPCNY honors three of the artists, curators, printers, or publishers whose lifelong contributions have advanced the medium. In addition to being a celebration of prints, the annual Spring Benefit Dinner is IPCNY’s most significant fundraising initiative. Table & ticket purchases fund their artist-centered exhibitions and programs throughout the year. Purchase tickets

Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St, NYC


23. Tenement Museum Gala 2019, May 23

photo // courtesy of Tenement Museum

Join the Tenement Museum on Thursday, May 23 for the 2019 Gala as they honor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,Vartan Gregorian and Stephen Siegel. The reception will feature Tastes of the Lower East Side program, highlighting local food vendors. Purchase tickets

Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Cir, NYC


24. The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and Auction, June 4

photo // courtesy of Gordon Parks Foundation

The Gordon Parks Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner and Auction celebrates Gordon Parks’ legacy and honors those who continue his vision for social change through their work in the arts and humanitarianism. The June 4 event at Cipriani 42nd Street will honor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chelsea Clinton, Raf Simons and Kehinde Wiley. The Patron of the Arts Award will go to civic leaders and philanthropists Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the iconic photograph A Great Day in Hip-Hop, taken in Harlem by Gordon Parks, Questlove will give remarks. Purchase tickets

Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC

25. Cool Culture’s UnGala, June 4

Photo // courtesy of Cool Culture

The UnGala brings together some of New York City’s most influential artists, philanthropists and trend-setters for one magical night. Now in its fourth year, The UnGala celebrates and honors individuals and organizations committed to social justice, cultural equity, and arts access, all while raising crucial funds for Cool Culture and its programs. The event features passed hors-d’oeuvres and food stations, cocktails and an auction, and highlights advocates in the arts community who are making a difference. Purchase tickets

Ogilvy & Mather, 636 11th Avenue, NYC


26. New York Botanical Garden’s Conservatory Ball, June 6

Photo // courtesy of @nybg

The Conservatory Ball will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 and will celebrate Maureen K. Chilton’s nine years of service as NYBG’s Board Chair. Maureen has guided the Garden through a period of unprecedented success and growth, helping to sustain NYBG’s position as a renowned museum of plants, educational institution, and research and conservation organization. Purchase tickets

2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY


27. The Glass House Summer PartyJune 8

Photo // courtesy of @pjglasshouse

The Glass House will celebrate the start of the season with their annual Summer Party fundraising event. The Summer Party features a farm-to-table picnic, lawn games, music, and a highly curated auction. Purchase tickets

The Glass House, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT


28. Chashama Gala, June 13

The Chashama Gala: An Outrageous Experience will honor Matt Goldman, Co-Founder of Blue Man Group and Blue School Renee Rolleri, Co-Founder of Blue School. Location is TBA. Purchase tickets


29. Japan Society Annual Dinner, June 13

photo // courtesy of Japan Society

Guests will gather for the Society’s annual fundraising gala on June 13 and will be held at the Hilton New York. Purchase tickets

Hilton New York, 1335 6th Ave, NYC


30. Storm King Art Center Summer Solstice CelebrationJune 22

Photo // courtesy of Storm King Art Center

The Summer Solstice Celebration, Storm King’s premier Hudson Valley event, will feature a cocktail reception, a gourmet farm-to-table dinner, private tours of the grounds and current exhibitions, and a special live music performance. Purchase tickets

Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY


31. Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party, July 13

photo // courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum

The highlight of the Hamptons summer social season, this annual event brings together over 500 artists, philanthropists, business leaders, and art world guests in support of the Parrish. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and a late night party. Purchase tickets

279 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY


32. Watermill Center GalaJuly 27

photo courtesy of The Watermill Center

D​escribed as an enchanted forest and performance art extravaganza, the Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit unites the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. All funds raised support The Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs that provide a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work. Purchase tickets

39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Water Mill, NY 


UPDATED EVENTS as of 5/23/19 7:47AM


MoMA’s Party in the Garden

MoMA’s annual Party in the Garden will honor Alice and Tom Tisch, Yvonne Rainer and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The after-party will feature performances by Maggie Rogers DJ sets by The Knocks and Nina Sky. Purchase tickets.



ArtTable’s Annual Benefit, April 18

photo // courtesy of bfa

This year ArtTable will are honor Estrellita Brodsky, Curator, Collector, and Philanthropist with a keynote address by Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman, Fine Art Division, Sotheby’s, and recognize Alexandra Chang, Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University. Purchase tickets

583 Park Avenue, NYC


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Young Members Party, June 20

photo // courtesy of The Met

Members of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are invited to a summer chic celebration featuring dancing and cocktails on in The Great Hall, viewings of Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll, and access to The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade ParaPivot. Tickets will be available to current Members and Patrons from ages 21-45 at any level. On sale May at

1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC


UrbanGlass’ 2019 Gala + Auction, May 16

Join Co-Chairs Noah Harlan and Micol Ostow, as UrbanGlass honors Tauba Auerbach, Zesty Meyers + Evan Snyderman, founders of R + Company, and Keith Sonnier. Purchase tickets

UrbanGlass at 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn


Free Arts NYC Annual Art Auction, April 25

Free Arts NYC is hosting their annual art auction and honoring artists Sam Moyer and Eddie Martinez. Beats by Mia Moretti and bites by Chef Hugo Uys. Purchase tickets

Phillips, 450 Park Ave, NYC


No word on the following…

BOFFO Anti-Narcissists Ball

Performa Gala

Guild Hall’s Summer Gala


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Top Photo // courtesy of The Whitney Museum