Studio 54 will be the theme and inspiration for Brooklyn Museum’s ninth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball on April 21.

Drawing inspiration from the disco era’s most celebrated nightclub and taking thematic cues from the photography, fashion and set designs featured in the highly anticipated exhibition Studio 54: Night Magic, this year’s Ball will honor internationally renowned artist JR, as well as entrepreneur and Studio 54 cofounder Ian Schrager.

About JR 

graffiti artist JR, Ian Schrager, Brooklyn Museum, Studio 54, disco, Brooklyn Artists Ball
Graffiti artist JR

Born in Paris in 1983 to Eastern European and Tunisian immigrant parents, JR began his career as a graffiti artist. After finding a camera in the Paris Metro in 2001, he began documenting his friends in the act of graffitiing and soon started pasting the photographs on building facades throughout urban centers.JR was awarded the TED Prize in 2011, which inspired Inside Out: The People’s Art Project, an international participatory art project that encourages people worldwide to have their picture taken and pasted in public spaces in an effort to share stories, experiences, and beliefs.

In 2013, his film based on Inside Out premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The project also inspired JR’s installation covering the dome, cupola, and floor of the Pantheon, in Paris, in 2014. Inside Out has continued to grow with mobile photo studios operating in the streets of New York, Amsterdam, London, and Paris. As of July 2019, over 400,000 people from more than 141 countries had participated.

About Ian Schrager 

graffiti artist JR, Ian Schrager, Brooklyn Museum, Studio 54, disco, Brooklyn Artists Ball
American businessmen and Steve Rubell (left. 1943 – 1989) and Ian Schrager (right), owners of the Studio 54 disco in New York City
Photo: Pinterest

For over five decades, Ian Schrager has achieved international recognition for his boundary-pushing concepts in the entertainment, hospitality, and retail industries. Through his nightclubs, hotels, and residential properties, Schrager has changed how people entertain, party, dance, socialize, and vacation. Many of the changes he has brought to these industries have since become standard, illustrating how Schrager’s pioneering concepts have set the bar time and time again.Schrager’s keen instinct for new trends in popular culture was honed during the 1970s and 1980s, when he and his late business partner, Steve Rubell, created the groundbreaking Studio 54 and Palladium nightclubs.

They soon turned their attention to the hotel business, opening Morgans Hotel in 1984, introducing the idea of the “boutique hotel” to the industry. Schrager’s current brand, PUBLIC Hotels, is a further evolution of his previous hotel concepts.

graffiti artist JR, Ian Schrager, Brooklyn Museum, Studio 54, disco, Brooklyn Artists Ball
Bronx, NY. By graffiti artist JR

The Ball begins at 6:30 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Museum’s lobby, followed by a seated dinner and dancing. Beaux-Arts Court will be the setting for dinner where the environment will be transformed to model the disco-themed era by visionary event producer David Stark. 

Guests are invited to the afterparty, which will include special artist projects and installations that draw on the sights, sounds, and experiences of Studio 54. Held in the Museum’s spacious lobby and pavilion, the After Party will feature DJ sets and special surprises to be announced

graffiti artist JR, Ian Schrager, Brooklyn Museum, Studio 54, disco, Brooklyn Artists Ball
Paris, France. By graffiti artist JR

Tickets go on sale to the public March 3 and start at $2,500; tables for 10 begin at $25,000. After Party tickets start at $75 (Members), $100 (general admission), and $150 (VIP).

For more information about the Brooklyn Artists Ball and After Party, or to purchase tickets, go here or call 718.501.6424.

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