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Sarah Jessica Parker, Lorna Simpson, and Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Lorna Simpson, and Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum. Close

Sarah Jessica Parker, Lorna Simpson, and Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum.

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Liv Tyler, actress and model, with Norman Feinberg, Brooklyn Museum trustee for 21 years. Feinberg received the Augustus Graham Medal for his service to the museum. Close

Liv Tyler, actress and model, with Norman Feinberg, Brooklyn Museum trustee for 21 years. Feinberg received the... Read More

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Stephanie Ingrassia, chairman of the ball, and Tim Ingrassia, co-chairman of global mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., check out the table installation by artist Dustin Yellin. Close

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Stephanie Ingrassia, chairman of the ball, and Tim Ingrassia, co-chairman of global mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Close

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Artists Dustin Yellin and Rachel Rossin. Close

Artists Dustin Yellin and Rachel Rossin.

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Anne Slowey, fashion news director at Elle Magazine, with her six-month-old Afton Florabelle and Marjorie Martay, of Nomad Editions. Close

Anne Slowey, fashion news director at Elle Magazine, with her six-month-old Afton Florabelle and Marjorie Martay, of Nomad Editions.

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Placecards were on mock cassette tapes at the table decorated by Ryan Humphrey. Close

Placecards were on mock cassette tapes at the table decorated by Ryan Humphrey.

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A view of the table decorated by Aleksandar Duravcevic. The Mylar tablecloth featured an excerpt from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," titled "To You." Close

A view of the table decorated by Aleksandar Duravcevic. The Mylar tablecloth featured an excerpt from Walt Whitman's... Read More

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Champagne all around for Lynette Pone, senior market editor, Lucky magazine; Victoria Sullivan, CEO of White Rabbit England, and Deborah Lloyd, president, Kate Spade. Close

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Arnold Lehman, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, sits next to Jennie DeScherer, a board member of the Lupus Research Institute. Jody Wolfe's reflection is captured in mirrors that were part of the installation Heather Rowe created for her table at the Brklyn Artists Ball. Close

Arnold Lehman, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, sits next to Jennie DeScherer, a board member of the Lupus... Read More

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Bettina Prentice, arts publicist, who worked on the Brklyn Artists Ball; and Carleton DeWoody, artist. Close

Bettina Prentice, arts publicist, who worked on the Brklyn Artists Ball; and Carleton DeWoody, artist.

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Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Zora Simpson Casebere, daughter of artists Lorna Simpson and James Casebere. Close

Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Zora Simpson Casebere, daughter of artists Lorna Simpson... Read More

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Jessica Speiser, who works in marketing and design; Hannah Bronfman, designer of an eco-clothing line and an investor in the restaurant Hotel Griffou; and Josephine Nash, who works for Charlie Rose. The trio were discussing Bronfman's blue nail polish, which matched her Marchesa dress. Close

Jessica Speiser, who works in marketing and design; Hannah Bronfman, designer of an eco-clothing line and an investor... Read More

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Ian Cofre, an artist's studio manager; Shinique Smith, artist; Mickalene Thomas, artist; and Isolde Brielmaier, curator of the exhibition "Stargazers" at the Bronx Museum. Close

Ian Cofre, an artist's studio manager; Shinique Smith, artist; Mickalene Thomas, artist; and Isolde Brielmaier,... Read More

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A brick signed by artist Shinique Smith journeys home on the 4 train to Brooklyn Heights. Close

A brick signed by artist Shinique Smith journeys home on the 4 train to Brooklyn Heights.

Sarah Jessica Parker left early for the opening of “The Normal Heart” on Broadway, but other guests stayed for the Brooklyn Museum’s “Brklyn Artists Ball” last night and then departed with table decorations.

Criterion Collection President Peter Becker grabbed a brick covered in a green fabric with an aquatic scene and signed by Shinique Smith.

Smith and 15 other artists with Brooklyn roots were recruited to decorate the dinner tables. Her contribution involved colorful bricks.

“When you’re a host, you display wealth and generosity,” Smith said earlier in the evening, standing next to one of the mushroom sculptures by Situ Studio in the museum’s Great Hall. “My guests can take what they want. It’s social sculpture.”

The table decorations were the talk of the event as guests sat down for a dinner including timbale of avocado and quinoa, and grilled hanger steak with fingerling and purple Peruvian potatoes.

Ball Chairman Stephanie Ingrassia and her husband, Tim Ingrassia, co-chairman of global mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), sat at the center table. Artist Brian Tolle had decorated it with patches of Astroturf.

“We got to meet the artists at a reception at our house three weeks ago. It was wonderful,” said Tim Ingrassia when he entered the dining room. He had stopped to admire the work of Dustin Yellin: rows of boxes made of acrylic, paint and collage, consisting of images cut out from old books.

“He was worried the tables wouldn’t be strong enough so he made his own table for this event,” Ingrassia said.

Yellin, who has a studio in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, built his table of steel. He said the installation weighed more than 2,000 pounds.

Comfortable Artists

The goal of the evening was “to make Brooklyn artists feel comfortable here,” said retiring Brooklyn Museum board chair and real-estate developer Norman Feinberg, right after posing for photographs with Liv Tyler, an honorary chairman along with Parker.

“Absolutely, I saw people I know from Brooklyn,” said artist Lorna Simpson, on her way to the dessert reception and after-party. Simpson was one of the artist honorees of the event and has an exhibition at the museum.

“You were also representing,” added Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

“Yes, I was born in Brooklyn, and I live in Brooklyn,” Simpson said. “I’m so provincial.”

“In the best way,” said Golden.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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