The night of Monday, April 8, 2019, a host of notable movers and shakers from the art, fashion, media and business worlds descended upon the New York Academy of Art‘s historic building at 111 Franklin Street to celebrate the 24th annual Tribeca Ball. Presented by French luxury brand Van Cleef & Arpels, the evening honored Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, who has had a very busy April. 


Eileen Guggenheim, Kaws, David Kratz


Guest were invited to walk through five floors of over 100 open art studios while sipping on Champagne Bollinger alongside interactive installations, live art-making demonstrations and roaming stilt walkers, musicians and fortune tellers. In the spirit of Jacques Arpels’ motto, “To be lucky you have to believe in luck, the décor for the evening was inspired by the iconic clover motif of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra collection which has been celebrating luck for over half a century. 



The evening culminated with a sit-down dinner by chef Daniel Boulud and an auction powered by Paddle8. Overall, the evening raised over $850,000 to support the Academy’s scholarships and public programming. Guests included Swizz Beatz, Alain Bernard, Helena Christensen, Will Cotton, Donna Karan, Gabby Karan de Felice & Gianpaolo de Felice, Liev Schreiber, Brooke Shields, Stefano Tonchi, and Naomi Watts.



Liev Schreiber, Eileen Guggenheim, Naomi Watts, David Kratz


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