Posted in NYC | music on March 27, 2008

"Ratner - Hands Off Our Homes" (horseycraze)
Bruce Ratner


Artist Takashi Murakami, Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs, and musical performer Kanye West along with celebrity guests (TBA)

The Brooklyn Ball will celebrate the opening of © MURAKAMI, a major retrospective exploring the accomplishments of artist Takashi Murakami. The celebration will also honor the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Forest City Ratner Companies, Bruce Ratner, with the Museum's highest honor, the Augustus Graham Medal. Louis Vuitton will be opening a fully operational store within and as part of the © MURAKAMI retrospective that will carry products created by the artist, as well as editioned canvases specifically created for the Brooklyn presentation, which will be available exclusively at the Museum for the duration of the exhibition (April 5-July 13, 2008).

The evening will feature a special one-night-only Louis Vuitton performance in support of the protection of intellectual property. This performance is an unprecedented and daring way to bring attention to the serious issue of counterfeiting and our global responsibility to protect artists and designers' creativity and creations. Louis Vuitton plans to donate a portion of the revenues generated at the Louis Vuitton store within the Brooklyn Museum on the evening of the Gala to the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation. There will also be special items, created by Takashi Murakami as part of the latest collaboration with Louis Vuitton, which will be auctioned during the Gala dinner to benefit the Brooklyn Museum.

The event will also feature an exclusive performance by Grammy award-winning producer and artist Kanye West.

Co-chairs of the Brooklyn Ball are Louis Vuitton President and CEO Yves Carcelle and Artistic Director Marc Jacobs, along with music and fashion mogul Jay-Z, President and CEO of NETS Sports Entertainment Brett D. and Museum Trustee Andrew B. Cohen and Suzi Kwon Cohen; Trustee Joseph Finnerty and Donna Paparella; Trustee Stephanie Ingrassia and Tim Ingrassia; and Trustee Joanne Minieri.

Thursday, April 3, 2008
6:30 p.m. Exhibition preview and cocktail reception catered by Nobu
8:00 p.m. Dinner
9:30 p.m. Kanye West performance
10:30 p.m. After Party with DJ Cassidy

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn



Comments (30)

just talked to the lady. the actual ball tickets are sold out, the after party with Kanye still has tickets which are $300!

Posted by Joe | March 27, 2008 1:22 PM

another reason to hate Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:31 PM

If they hate then let 'em hate and watch the money pile up.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:36 PM

"The evening will feature a special one-night-only Louis Vuitton performance in support of the protection of intellectual property."

Oh, the irony. Intellectual property is important, but physical property is not?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:41 PM

the form to be on the list says $250 of the $300 is tax deductible

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:42 PM

Kanye West hates Brooklyn people.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:44 PM

yes,let's watch the money pile up for the people who already have more money than they know what to do with. and while we're at it, let's take homes and businesses away from people who can't afford, don't want to, and shouldn't have to move. but at least now they won't have to travel so far to see the nets play. that's a relief.

good thinking.

Posted by jp | March 27, 2008 1:48 PM

What the fuck is a Louis Vuitton performance?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:55 PM

I can't stand Ratner's films, especilly the Rush Hour movies.

Posted by MusicSnobbery | March 27, 2008 2:08 PM

Totally different Ratner, MusicSnobbery. That was a pretty obvious statement, though.

This gig is such a waste. These rich assholes. The producers are spending well over a quarter million on the lighting and audio setup alone. I can't even imagine what Kanye's fee is.

The amount of money spent on this type of crap is absolutely disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 2:21 PM

Kanye West clearly hates Brooklyn people.

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Posted by Robert Doosh | March 27, 2008 2:30 PM

RATner likely gave a ton of money to the Brooklyn Museum, hence that's why he's getting a medal. It's similar reasoning as to why your favorite shows on PBS are funded by (gasp!)Pfizer. Damn, I guess commenting on blogs doesn't pay much does it?

Money talks, bullshit walks. While I agree with this gig being a waste, and yes, Kanye is another rich asshole, (as is Ratner) just goes to prove my earlier statement. Whining & bitching won't do a thing. Just keep going to indie-rock shows and staying entertained and dumbed down.

Posted by Deb | March 27, 2008 2:43 PM

What pray tell is "intellectual" about Louis Vuitton? Or Murakami? He has teams of recent Pratt graduates do all the work for him; all he does is sign the damn thing and take the credit. This phony's 15 minutes is just about...over.

Posted by Boris | March 27, 2008 2:55 PM

That press release just gets more and more offensive as it goes on. Am I to understand that they're opening a handbag store in a museum and calling it "performance"? Or is this really a joke? I'm so very confused...

Posted by gally | March 27, 2008 3:11 PM

bROOKLYN is the new Cleveland.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 3:23 PM

> April 3: Protest Brooklyn Museum's Gala Celebration of Bruce Ratner
At our community meeting on March 13th there was unanimity amongst the attendees that the Brooklyn Museum must be made to understand that it is not acceptable to celebrate Bruce Ratner. So...
Thursday, April 3. 6:30 - 8:30pm
Protest the Brooklyn Museum's Gala Celebration of Bruce Ratner...
An Affront to Brooklyn's Communities
In the Brooklyn Museum's words, Bruce Ratner will be commended for his "generous support of various activities of the Brooklyn Museum."
But the Museum's $1,000-a-plate Annual Brooklyn Ball, in celebrating Bruce Ratner, conveniently ignores Ratner's divisive and abusive campaign to promote his Atlantic Yards proposal, and the disastrous effect it would have on Brooklyn's neighborhoods.
Join your friends, neighbors and the Brooklyn community to protest the Museum's insensitivity to all those whose lives have been, and would be, turned upside down by Ratner's Atlantic Yards – a project that has become the national posterchild for bad development.
We don't question the Museum's right to raise funds to support itself. We don't even question the Museum's accepting donations from Bruce Ratner. What we do take issue with is honoring and celebrating Bruce Ratner in light of what he has done and proposes to do to Brooklyn's communities.
When: Thursday, April 3. Starting at 6:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum Plaza, Eastern Parkway. 2/3 Subway. [Map]
Bring: Your signs and friends.
Dress: Formal (if you wish.)
Click here to read more about Forest City Ratner's cozy relationship with the Museum and "The Brooklyn Ball." And let's not forget that it was the Brooklyn Museum that hosted the Forest City Ratner/Barclays Bank gala press event announcing the $400 million arena naming rights deal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 3:40 PM

"bROOKLYN is the new Cleveland."

By that you mean Brooklyn is now awesome?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 4:13 PM

homeland security!? needs funding?!? plus ratner celebration plus louis vuitton specialty items!??? i just puked all over my keyboard.

Posted by nayomi | March 27, 2008 4:51 PM

will kanye's mom be there?

Posted by Jason Kidd | March 27, 2008 6:27 PM

not cool

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008 11:27 PM

Well I work at the brooklyn museum,so since i'm staff i could probably get in for free.,cus i have a valid brooklyn museum employee staff id.I work in the education department

Posted by Kadeem | March 28, 2008 12:06 AM

are you Kadeem Hardison from that Cosby spinoff, A Different World? Brooklyn Museum?? So that's where your career took you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2008 12:48 AM

You know if Louis V is doing something, Kayne is gonna be there...The commercialism/materialism in Kanye's music always makes me a little uneasy...but damn does he write some kick ass beats.

Posted by LK | March 28, 2008 10:11 AM

SO this is a Gala benefit for phone tapping nazi stormtroopers? Don't those guys get some funding from Die Führer? Why don't just start making jackboots instead of handbags. I'm sure he could get a government contract to supply them at a similar price point.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2008 11:09 AM

Helping the cause of fascism is a tradition at Louis Vuitton:

From wikipedia:

The French book Louis Vuitton, A French Saga (authored by French journalist Stephanie Bonvicini and published by Paris-based Editions Fayard[9]) tells how members of the Vuitton family actively aided the puppet government led by Marshal Philippe Pétain, increasing their wealth from their business affairs with the Nazi Germans. The family set up a factory dedicated to producing artefacts glorifying Pétain, including more than 2,500 busts. Petain's Vichy regime was responsible for the deportation of French Jews to German concentration camps.[4]

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2008 11:15 AM

lol @ Boris - intellectual property has nothing to do with BEING "intellectual."

Posted by tahl | March 28, 2008 12:30 PM

WTF? I thouht intellectual property was property for "intellectuals". nice stuff like LV bags that only the intellectuals can afford? I don't see much dumn white trash with Prada or LV do you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2008 1:15 PM

I think all of those who are crying about what is being done to your neighborhood are crying alot over something that is beneficial. The Atlantic Yards project may be putting some out of their homes but I understand that these people were paid to relocate. Also I see jobs being created for the residents of Bklyn, Bklyn gets a professional sports team, (a real one not the Cyclones, no offense GO Cyclones.) It allows Bklyn a chance to bring people from all over the world to visit us. I hear that what is also in the works a film studio in Bklyn Navy Yards, A touring port leaving from the piers at the end of Atlantic Ave. And there are proposals for dozens of builing & developing projects. It may be hard people to hold on to yesterday but progress is a benefit to all not just the few residents that want to live close to Manhattan. I hear alot of talk about how it is detroying Bklyn 'hoods and I for the life of me can not see how, someone please explain how this project affects me this dramatically

Posted by Tas da man | April 3, 2008 9:58 AM

^Nice work there, shill. Does Ratner pay you by the grammatical error?

Ha ha ha!~

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2008 1:30 PM

copywright protection is bullshit, its supposed to be incentive based, not so you can lord over your commercial empire millions, fuck anyone who thinks this is a some "cause"

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2008 2:18 PM

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