Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description BAM honors actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke, author Walter Mosley, and philanthropists William I. Campbell and Christine Wächter-Campbell for their invaluable contributions to film, literature, performing and visual arts, and cultural philanthropy. Gala chairs are Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman (BAM Chairman Emeritus), and Dorothy Lichtenstein. With a deep commitment to supporting excellence in the arts across disciplines, rag & bone is the Evening Partner of BAM Gala 2019.
BAM President Katy Clark, BAM Artistic Director David Binder, and Diane Max and BAM Board Chair Adam Max, are the evening’s hosts.
The Gala’s coinciding art auction this year is led by BAM Trustee co-chairs Tony Bechara and Mark Diker, and features works by artists Rita Ackermann, Sarah Braman, Peter Doig, Deborah Kass, Shinique Smith, Pat Steir, and Massimo Vitali, among many others. Works will be on view throughout the event and online via Paddle8.
The evening is produced and styled by award-winning theater, opera, film, and event director Kevin Newbury, who brings his twist on 80’s new wave minimalism and dance pop by activating fluorescent lighting installations, bold geometric design elements, and subtle nods to vector-based art and arcade games.
Iconic singer and songwriter Neneh Cherry performs an eclectic set including selections from her new critically acclaimed album, Broken Politics. Elevating the evening’s refraction theme, the program features a provocative collaboration with Raja Feather Kelly’s transcendent dance company, the feath3r theory, where dancers will be arranged in a “prism” configuration, randomly placed throughout the audience.