On May 30, BAM honors filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, actor Jeremy Irons, and philanthropists Nora Ann Wallace and Jack Nusbaum for their invaluable contributions to film, performing arts, and cultural philanthropy. Gala chairs are William I. Campbell and Christine Wächter-Campbell, Thérèse Esperdy and Robert Neborak, Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman (BAM Chairman Emeritus), and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. With a deep commitment to supporting excellence in the arts across disciplines, rag & bone is the Evening Partner of BAM Gala 2018.
The festivities kick-off with a stunning Manhattan skyline arrival and continue with a contemporary art auction-led by honorary artist chair Diana Al-Hadid-featuring works by artists such as Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith as guests enter cocktail hour. Directed by performance and design artist Andrew Ondrejcak the Pop art-inspired evening unfolds in bursts of neon with confetti brio as guests dine on artful cuisine by Great Performances and wine generously provided by the Crimson Wine Group. A trio of performances punctuate the soiree, featuring curated pairings of emerging and well-known artists.
Coinciding with the final few hours of bidding in the BAM Art Auction, an after party nearby at Pioneer Works features an intimate performance by Yeasayer. The after party is hosted by BAM’s Young Producers Leadership Committee, co-chaired by Natasha Chefer and Marcel Przymusinski.
Benefit committee members include Roger Alcaly and Helen Bodian, Jonathan and Jessika Auerbach, Bank of America, Tony Bechara, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, Suzy and Anthony Davis, Mark Diker and Deborah Colson, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Forest City Ratner Companies, Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, Penn and Diane Holsenbeck, Robin and Edgar Lampert, National Grid, Paramount Pictures, Rona and David Picket, Jonathan F. P. and Diana Calthorpe Rose, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, Anna Kuzmik Sampas and George Sampas, Alfred and Stephanie Shuman, Brian Stafford and Celine Dufetel, Axel and Galia Stawski, Joseph A. Stern, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, and Adam Wolfensohn and Jennifer Small.
BAM President Katy Clark, BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo, and Diane and Adam Max, BAM Board Chairman, are the evening’s hosts.
Each Gala honoree distinctly embodies BAM’s adventurous spirit and commitment to the arts, and each has contributed to BAM’s legacy of supporting outstanding achievements in the performing arts, cinema, and culture. A native son of Brooklyn, Aronofsky served as BAM Cinema Club Co-Chair from 2008-2009. Fellow honoree Jeremy Irons has long been a BAM supporter and patron, and served as the Friends of BAM Co-Chair in 2012. Nora Ann Wallace is an invaluable leader serving on both the BAM & BAM Endowment Trust Boards. She co-chairs the BAM Governance Committee and chairs the BET Audit Committee. She currently serves on numerous committees including the BAM Executive and Nominating committees. In 2017, she was presented with a BAMmie Award marking her 20 years of service. Her husband Jack Nusbaum continues to be an ardent BAM supporter.