Perez Art Museum Art of the Party Fundraiser Presented by Louis Vuitton, attended by the Le CITY Deluxe Magazine Brand Ambassador, Derek H. Sparks: Perez Art Museum Miami Charmed Guests at the Premiere Art of the Party Presented by Louis Vuitton on January 17, 2015. It was a night full of surprise and delight at Pérez Art Museum Miami’s (PAMM) Art of the Party presented by Louis Vuitton where the Magic City’s art patrons, cultural ambassadors, philanthropic leaders, and social tastemakers gathered to reaffirm their commitment to the museum’s robust education program, the largest behind the Miami-Dade County school system.
Supermodel Karolina Kurkova and music superstar Pitbull attended the night of samba and soul at Miami’s waterfront museum, PAMM. Kurkova and guests mix and mingled in the Art of the Party Supper Club, which gave a modern twist to the traditional gala.
Within the nightlife setting of Supper Club in the museum’s second-floor special exhibition galleries, partygoers reveled in amazement of the intricate five inch, paper silhouette portrait of guests crafted by Mr. Cheng and which quickly became collector pieces among friends; the 20-person flash mob that emerged from the crowd dancing to Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody” ignited a vibrant dance scene; and the 20-person Samba procession, reminiscent of Brazil’s Carnival festivities, led guests to the after party.
Simultaneously below the star-studded sky, guests of the Chef’s Table four-course, seated dinner were serenaded with a 90 minute performance by Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry, who is in the midst of a four-month U.S. tour. Pérez Art Museum Miami Board Chair Aaron Podhurst opened the night with a heart-felt thanks and Dom Perignon Champagne toast to Art of the Party chairs Wayne & Arlene Chaplin.
The Remix after party quickly came to life in the hands of popular Brazilian band Batuke Samba Funk and their signature high energy beats. The legendary sax player and James Brown band leader Pee Wee Ellis joined the dynamic group for the waterfront concert that kept guests dancing into the early hours.
Lee Brian Schrager conceptualized the three-piece night and enlisted the expertise of famed, fourth-generation Chef Thomas Troisgros, who flew from Rio de Janeiro for the occasion, to orchestrate the evening’s two distinct dinner parties.
Notable attendees included: Supermodel Karolina Kurkova; music superstar Pitbull; Kara & Stephen Ross; Jorge & Darlene Pérez; Craig Robins & Jackie Soffer; Food Network Simply Delicioso host Ingrid Hoffman; photographer Iran Issa Khan; fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi; Lee Brian Schrager; Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Mayor Manny Diaz; Chef Thomas Troisgros; Raul “El Gordo” & Millie de Molina; Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas; Walid & Susie Wahab; Nicole & Edgar Lozano; Michelle & Jason Rubell; Debra & Dennis Scholl; Jonathan & Criselda Breene.
Art of the Party event chairs were: Arlene and Wayne Chaplin, Padma & Raj Vattikuti, Andreea Baclea, Kristin & Chapman Ducote; Rachel & Joe Furst, Jon Paul Pérez, Tara & Jack Benmeleh, Erin Newberg and Ginger Fulkerson Harris
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. A 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), Pérez Art Museum Miami opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility and is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).
LOUIS VUITTON & ART:
A symbol of elegance and style throughout the world, Louis Vuitton has cultivated a close relationship with the world of art since its founding in 1854. Inventing the art of travel, Louis Vuitton and his successors kept pace with a rapidly changing age, working with the most accomplished engineers, decorators, painters, photographers and designers of the day. This fascination with ever-new forms of expression grew through the subsequent decades and continues today. Some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists have joined forces with Louis Vuitton, increasing the points of exchange between art and fashion to an unprecedented degree.