The Jewish Museum held its 33rd Annual Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The annual gala gathered over 1,000 members of New York’s corporate, social, and cultural communities for a festive dinner and lively after party in celebration of Purim. This year’s Purim Ball raised a record $3 million in support of the Museum.
Claudia Gould, the Jewish Museum’s Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, welcomed guests. Event Co-Chair, Stephen Scherr, introduced honorees Robert and Tracey Pruzan, recognized for their longtime service to the Jewish Museum and their outstanding commitment to philanthropy, the arts, and celebrating Jewish culture.
Kelly Taxter, Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art, introduced honoree The Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation, recognized for its support of the Museum’s contemporary art programming and of artists whose work exemplifies the Newmans’ spirit of inquiry. Heidi Colsman-Freyberger, Executive Director of The Barnett Newman Foundation, accepted the honor.
The carnival-themed event created by designer David Stark featured a 45-foot-tall Ferris wheel and fun carnival games for guests to enjoy.
Notable guests included: Honorees Robert Pruzan and Tracey Pruzan; Claudia Gould; Richard Plepler and Lisa Plepler, Co-Chairs of the Purim Ball; Stephen Scherr and Susan Scherr, Co-Chairs of the Purim Ball; Blair Effron and Cheryl Effron; Scott Stringer; Jane Mayle; Gabi Asfour; Ian Wardropper; Thelma Golden; and Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman.
Among the artists attending were: Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Deborah Kass, Scooter LaForge, Izhar Patkin, Kiki Smith, and Frank Stella.
On Thursday February 21st, even the most jaded of the Palm Beachers could not hide their surprise and astonishment entering the Fritz Gallery on Royal Poinciana Way.
This very grand and beautiful new gallery was presenting the latest works of the beloved local painter Helmut Koller. Koller has 15 years of acclaimed presence all over the world. Wendy Fritz, the glamorous and charming art dealer, convinced Helmut Koller that it was time for him to make a solo show in Palm Beach and enjoy the recognition of his first supporters and collectors.
They came in droves and during three hours guests couldn’t get enough of these mysterious and striking animal paintings, understanding better why they grace the walls of beautiful homes including summer villas in Palm Beach and Monaco, chalets in Aspen and Gstaad, apartments in New York and Hong Kong, mansions in London and Paris and palaces in Russia and China. The two stars shone brightly, Wendy Fritz as the Lady of the House and Helmut Koller as the Master of the Wild Life, creator of the “Kollerism” movement.
This exhibition will be presented until March 17th at the Fritz Gallery 211 Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; hours Tuesday–Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday and Monday by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 906-5337
Photographs by Hagop Kalaidjian & Ben Rosser/BFA.com (Purim Ball); Annie Watt (Koller)