Ai Weiwei & the art world elite celebrate the Hirshhorn museum: PHOTOS

Evelyn Hankins, Rashid Johnson (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Evelyn Hankins, Rashid Johnson (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)

A whopping 320 guests turned up last week to celebrate The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s annual gala at 1 World Trade Center. The Hirshhorn had a record-setting year for fundraising in 2016, raising a total of $7.1 million.

After a cocktail reception, guests enjoyed a dozen Mariachi performers who were led by the Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Later, everyone gathered for a seated dinner, when they watched a video in which prominent artists answered the question,“What does it mean to make art today?”

Mia Loucks, Paul Schimmel (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Mia Loucks, Paul Schimmel (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Dean Levin, Paul de Froment (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Dean Levin, Paul de Froment (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Jordan Wolfson, Carly Mark (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Jordan Wolfson, Carly Mark (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Stephanie Foster, Melissa Chiu Photographer: Max Lakner/BFA.com
Stephanie Foster, Melissa Chiu Photographer: Max Lakner/BFA.com
Joleen Julis, Melissa Chiu (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Joleen Julis, Melissa Chiu (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Ragnar Kjartansson  (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Ragnar Kjartansson (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Paul de Froment, Almine Rech (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Paul de Froment, Almine Rech (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Ai Weiwei (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Ai Weiwei (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Mika Yoshitake, Ai Weiwei, Melissa Chiu (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Mika Yoshitake, Ai Weiwei, Melissa Chiu
(photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Dean Levin, Donna Huanca (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Dean Levin, Donna Huanca (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Eduardo Basualdo, Dan Sallick (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Eduardo Basualdo, Dan Sallick
(photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Dean Levin, Donna Huanca  (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Melissa Chiu, Dean Levin, Donna Huanca (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Benjamin Genocchio, Joleen Julis, Harold Ancart (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Benjamin Genocchio, Joleen Julis, Harold Ancart (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Jill Bernstein, Melissa Chiu, Alex Logsdail (photo credit: Joe Schildhorn /BFA.com)
Jill Bernstein, Melissa Chiu, Alex Logsdail (photo credit: Joe Schildhorn /BFA.com)
Avery Singer, Harold Ancart (photo credit: Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com)
Avery Singer, Harold Ancart (photo credit: Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com)
Mika Tajima, Eileen Quinlan, Erin Falls, Sam Falls (photo credit: Joe Schildhorn /BFA.com)
Mika Tajima, Eileen Quinlan, Erin Falls, Sam Falls (photo credit: Joe Schildhorn /BFA.com)
Adam Pendleton, Adrienne Edwards, Karsten Ch’ien (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)
Adam Pendleton, Adrienne Edwards, Karsten Ch’ien (photo credit: Max Lakner/BFA.com)