Perez Art Museum Miami‘s (PAMM) Art of the Party presented by Louis Vuitton was a night full of surprise and delight where Magic City’s art patrons, cultural ambassadors, philanthropic leaders and social taste-makers gathered to reaffirm their commitment to the museum’s robust education program, the largest behind the Miami-Dade County school system. Lee Brian Schrager conceptualized the three-piece night and enlisted the expertise of famed, fourth-generation Chef Thomas Troisgros, who flew from Rio de Janeiro for the occasion, to orchestrate the evening’s two distinct dinner parties. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova, a former Victoria’s Secret Angel and music superstar Pitbull attended the night of samba and soul at Miami’s waterfront museum.
Below the star-studded sky, guests of the Chef’s Table four-course, seated dinner were serenaded with a 90 minute performance by Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry, who is in the midst of a four-month U.S. tour. Perez Art Museum Miami Board Chair Aaron Podhurst opened the night with a heart-felt thanks and Dom Perignon Champagne toast to Art of the Party chairs Wayne & Arlene Chaplin.
Kurkova and guests mix and mingled in the Art of the Party Supper Club, which gave a modern twist to the traditional gala. Within the nightlife setting of Supper Club in the museum’s second-floor special exhibition galleries, party-goers reveled in amazement of the intricate five inch, paper silhouette portrait of guests crafted by Mr. Cheng and which quickly became collector pieces among friends; the 20-person flash mob that emerged from the crowd dancing to Fergie’s ‘A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody’ ignited a vibrant dance scene; and the 20-person Samba procession, reminiscent of Brazil’s Carnival festivities, led guests to the after party.
The Remix after party quickly came to life in the hands of popular Brazilian band Batuke Samba Funk and their signature high energy beats. The legendary sax player and James Brown band leader Pee Wee Ellis joined the dynamic group for the waterfront concert that kept guests dancing into the early hours.