Includes VIP access to exhibitions, a private collection visit, an artist’s studio visit, and more.

$325 per person, or $475 per person with optional Friday evening dinner.
RSVP through invitation and payment required to reserve your spot. Space is limited.


Friday, December 1, 2017

3:30 – 5:30 pm:  Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052


Private tour of “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo”

Sara Softness, Assistant Curator, Special Projects, the curator of this show, will lead a tour through the exhibition.  Bringing together the work of three innovative chroniclers, “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo” offers insight into the energy, empathy, and creativity with which these artists recounted and reimagined their realities.


Together spanning four centuries and three continents, Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828), Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), and contemporary American artist Robert Longo (born 1953) each witnessed a turbulent transition from one era to another and the profound repercussions of revolution, war, and civil unrest. Within a broad chronological framework, Proof traces the historical lineage of a visual language and artistic impulse and as the exhibition title suggests, Goya, Eisenstein, and Longo together provide proof not only of significant events or actions, but more crucially of their ongoing resonances through art.


Featuring artwork almost exclusively in black and white, “Proof” showcases the artists’ technical acuity and bold experimentation in three mediums: etching, film, and charcoal drawing. With a rare combination of selections, it invites viewers to find new meaning in artworks not normally encountered together.


Welcome Toast: The Norm at the Brooklyn Museum

Welcome toast and snacks The Norm, a restaurant inspired by the cultural diversity of Brooklyn and led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. The space is designed by Anda Andrei, Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture and Design DPC and inspired by the museum’s maze of secret and mysterious storage spaces. The restaurant gives guests the opportunity to experience the institution in a completely new way, with a sense of being admitted into the museum’s inner sanctum. Patrons are surrounded by priceless paintings from the museum’s collections and the crates that store them.


6:00 – 7:00 pm: Artist Studio Visit: Duke Riley

Brooklyn Navy Yard
Agger Fish Building
63 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205


Duke Riley received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Pratt Institute. Riley is fascinated by maritime history and events around the waterways of New York City.  Riley’s signature style interweaves historical and contemporary events with elements of fiction and myth to create allegorical histories.  His re-imagined narratives comment on a range of issues from the cultural impact of over development and gentrification of waterfront communities to contradictions within political ideologies as well as commerce and the role of the artist in society and at war. 


Artist’s Statement

My work addresses the prospect of residual but forgotten unclaimed frontiers on the edge and inside overdeveloped urban areas, and their unsuspected autonomy. I am interested in the struggle of marginal peoples to sustain independent spaces within all-encompassing societies, the tension between individual and collective behavior, the conflict with institutional power. I pursue an alternative view of hidden borderlands and their inhabitants through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as complex multimedia installations.


I often work in the tradition of field naturalists, seeking and gathering data, artifacts, and specimens outdoors, transporting them inside for closer observation and study, displaying them in museum-like diorama settings. I combine populist myths and reinvented historical obscurities with contemporary social dilemmas, connecting past and present, drawing attention to unsolved issues. Throughout my projects I profile the space where water meets the land, traditionally marking the periphery of urban society, what lies beyond rigid moral constructs, a sense of danger and possibility.


7:30 – 9:00 pm: Cecconi’s Dumbo ($150 additional charge per person for all inclusive dinner)

55 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201


With waterfront views of the Manhattan Skyline, Cecconi’s Dumbo is a modern day classic Italian restaurant serving hand-made pasta, seafood, and dishes from Italy using the finest ingredients. Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, this elegant and upscale restaurant serves high end cuisine and is open seven days a week.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Recommended breakfast location for a quick coffee or sit-down service:
156 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011


10:00 – 11:30 am: David Zwirner

525 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011


Director Justine Durrett will tour the group through the Yayoi Kusama show at the 19th Street location and the Richard Serra show at the 20th Street location.


11:45am – 1:30 pm: Lunch – La Sirena

88 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011


Located on the Plaza Level of Chelsea’s storied Maritime Hotel, La Sirena is Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s first new restaurant in New York in nearly a decade. The space is characterized by custom ’60s-inspired curvilinear pavers throughout and walls clad in quartz by Caesarstone. A Michelin-starred menu representative of the entire Italian Peninsula is supplemented by a menu of seasonal desserts by Pastry Chef Thea Habjanic.


2:00 – 3:00 pm: Private Collection Visit 

3:00 – 6:00 pm: Additional gallery and museum visit to be confirmed