MoMA Celebrates its Annual Party in the Garden

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Image: themuseumofmodernart via Instagram

Earlier this week, prominent philanthropists, members of the art world, and New York’s elite gathered at the Museum of Modern Art’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden to celebrate the museum’s annual Party in the Garden. A lavish affair set inside one of the most beautiful gardens in the city, Party in the Garden is a yearly event that raises major funds for the museum and for the upkeep of its beloved Sculpture Garden.

Headed by Honorary Co-Chairmen Marie-Josée Kravis (formerly Marie-Josée Drouin), and Jerry I. Speyer, the dazzling event promised to be absolutely fabulous, as well as instrumental in raising funds to maintain MoMA’s impressive programming and facilities. “The event supports the Museum’s general operating fund, helping to make possible the Museum’s education programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection,” explains the event’s press release.

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Lykke Li and Questlove were the party’s musical guests. / Image: lykkeli via Instagram

At a hefty $2,500 a ticket, I sure wasn’t on the guest list, but I will say that I truly envied everyone who got to attend. Not only was the party held in one of my favorite gardens in the city, but it also featured a full-band performance from Swedish singer Lykke Li and a D.J. set from Questlove. Named in honor of the late Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr., the Sculpture Garden has been one of MoMA’s most enduring and popular features since it opened more than fifty years ago. The Sculpture Garden features fountains, trees, and other flora, which create a lovely contrast against the manmade sculptures that punctuate its natural offerings.

The Sculpture Garden hosts various exhibits throughout the year, and the New York Times has described it as “a soothing half-acre of stone flooring and spouting fountains that provides a brief respite from the madness of Midtown.” It really is a kind of hidden oasis, tucked away from the bustling Manhattan streets just beyond its walls.

Learn more about MoMA’s Sculpture Garden and its annual Party in the Garden by visiting

About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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