2012 MAM Ball & Inaugural “Crash the Ball” Party

Benefits Miami Art Museum

Saturday, December 3, 2011
MAM Ball: From 7 p.m. to midnight
Crash the Ball: From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez

Historically one of Miami’s most elite formal affairs, since its inception in 1983, and amplified over the last 10 years with the attendance of Art Basel Miami Beach’s most posh patrons, this year’s Miami Art Museum (MAM) Ball will mark new firsts with celebrity hosts, artist ambassadors, and the first-ever “Crash the Ball” party.

Opening the door to a dynamic new guest list, this year’s hosts and ambassadors range from famed artists to bold-face names like Gloria Estefan and Dolphins owner Steve Ross; socialites and collectors; and Miami and Art Basel’s most established gala goers.

As the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, the MAM Ball welcomes recognized artists Carlos Betancourt, Jacin Giordano, Michael Loveland, Gean Moreno & Ernesto Oroza, Martin Oppel, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Jen Stark and Frances Trombly, bringing an authentically artistic crowd to the black-tie bash. Miami’s biggest art patrons including Jorge M. Pérez, a top collector of Latin American art in the US; Gary Nader, owner of one of the largest galleries in the world; the sugar empire’s Fanjul family and many more, will unite all corners of Miami’s sophisticated circles.

The Ball will conclude with the first annual premiere of “Crash the Ball” as the official after-party led by MAM Contemporaries, the museum’s young professional group. Guests will step outdoors into a lavish video lounge on the waterfront terrace, as one of Miami’s hottest DJs transforms the event into Basel’s biggest dance party.

Patrons of the Ball will be treated to an exclusive viewing of Miami-based, internationally acclaimed artist Dara Friedman’s latest video work, “Dancer.” Each table centerpiece will be designed by one of MAM’s featured artists, available for guests to take home at $500 each, offering a meaningful memory and piece of art from an epic evening.

The honorary chairs are Darlene and Jorge Pérez. The host committee includes: Karen and Mike Dee, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Raysa & Alfonso Fanjul, Constance and Mike Fernandez, Judy and Phillip T. George, Liz and Adolfo Henriques, Carlos Migoya, Jennifer and Gary Nader, Kara and Stephen M. Ross, Penny and Roe Stamps.

Tickets start at $1,000. Tables range from $10,000 to $25,000. Tickets for the MAM Crash the Ball After-Party are $150 at door, $100 in advance and $75 for MAM Contemporaries. For information or to purchase tickets, contact 305-375-5935, or email events@miamiartmuseum.org.

About Miami Art Museum

Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum (MAM) serves one of the most diverse and fast-growing regions of the country, where a confluence of North and Latin American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. MAM embraces its role as a cultural anchor and touchstone in a city that welcomes countless ethnic and age groups, lifestyles and ideas.

Dara Friedman, Dancer (still), 2011. Video. Collection of the Miami Art Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.
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