Second Annual Pérez Art Museum Miami Art of the Party Gala

More than 800 Attendees Turn Out in Honor of Artist Chuck Close

Chuck Close and Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans

More than 800 cultural philanthropists, artists, civic leaders and arts supporters attended PAMM’s second Annual PAMM Art of the Party gala. The event, which had its highest attendance to date, raised more than $1 million for the museum’s robust education program, the largest outside the Miami-Dade County school system.

The highly anticipated evening, conceptualized by Lee Brian Schrager, featured three exclusive experiences – Chef’s Table seated dinner, Supper Club lounge and Remix after party – with delicious dishes created by chef, author and Food Network personality Alex Guarnaschelli.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans honored Chuck Close, one of the most celebrated and influential artists of our time, at the Chef’s Table seated dinner. The museum holds three examples of Close’s work in its permanent collection and in 2004, the museum presented the exhibition “Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration,” which explored the artist’s innovative approach to printmaking.

Simultaneously in the museum’s second-floor special exhibition galleries, Supper Club partygoers enjoyed a chic and provocative setting with live sets by DJ DZA and interactive art stations, including digital sketch artists and a wall to ceiling coloring book. As the party started winding down, guests were led to the Remix after party by a seven-piece band. Remix quickly came to life with dance throwbacks by DJ Jessica Who, keeping guests dancing under the stars until the early hours of the morning.

Notable attendees included: Artist Michele Oka Doner; Food Network Simply Delicioso host Ingrid Hoffmann; photographer Iran Issa Khan; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez; Collector and PAMM Trustee Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer; Patricia and Phillip Frost; Barbara Becker; politician Manny Díaz; notable producer David Saltz; reality show TV personality Lisa Hochstein.

Art of the Party chairs were: Elle Macpherson and Jeffrey Soffer, Constance and Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez, Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez, and Kara and Stephen Ross.

PAMM’s educational programs are generously supported by: American Express® | Citi | Vacheron Constantin | Sabadell United Bank | Southern Wine & Spirits.

Ongoing lead support for PAMM School Programs provided by Knight Foundation.

Photos by Juan E. Cabrera, Getty and World Red Eye

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