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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington DC, celebrated its 40th anniversary by raising over $1.57 million in a gala to support the museum last week. Hosted by Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu, with honorary chairs Jim Demetrion and Jason Wu, the joyous event was held at 4 World Trade Center in New York City. Attendees to the event were some of today’s most important international contemporary artists, philanthropists, curators and collectors including, Marina Abramović, Peter Brant, Chuck Close, Anish Kapoor, Sean Kelly, Emmanuel Perrotin, and Sean Scully. Guests were treated to a private cocktail hour overlooking the Hudson River, followed by dinner with a lively performance by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi, which was their first live performance in New York in five years. The gala also featured a special presentation of ARTLAB+, the museum’s free afterschool digital lab that provides local youth with access to art and technology.
“We were delighted to celebrate our 40th Anniversary with so many wonderful friends and supporters of the Hirshhorn. It was a magical evening, enhanced by Theaster and the Black Monk’s inspired performance. We are thankful to everyone who attended and for the many generous contributions that have made this gala our most successful to date. It was the perfect culmination to a truly remarkable year for the Hirshhorn,” said Chiu.