MoMA’s Jazz Interlude Gala to Honor Sherry B. Bronfman, Vernon Jordan, Julie Mehretu, and the Ford Foundation on April 8

Art Press Release from United States. Published by MOMA on Thursday 26 March 2015.

MoMA’s Jazz Interlude Gala to Honor Sherry B. Bronfman, Vernon Jordan, Julie Mehretu, and the Ford Foundation on April 8 image

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2015 Jazz Interlude, a benefit gala dinner and live music performance, will honor Sherry B. Bronfman, Vernon Jordan, Julie Mehretu, and the Ford Foundation on April 8. This year’s honorees share a commitment to social justice, diversity, arts, and education.

The benefit includes an elegant cocktail reception in the Museum, followed by a seated dinner and live performances by Ron Carter, one of the most recorded jazz musicians in history, and Helen Sung, an award winning classical pianist. The evening’s music is produced by George Wein.

The 2015 Jazz Interlude event chairs are Eric J. Barkley, Eboni S. Gates, and Marquita Pool-Eckert. Honorary co-chairs are Agnes Gund and David Rockefeller, Jr. Past honorees of the benefit have included Spike Lee, Mera and Donald Rubell, Elizabeth Catlett, Roland and Lois Betts, Agnes Gund, David Rockefeller Jr., George Wein, Dorothy Cullman, and Camille Cosby.

The event is organized by The Friends of Education, a MoMA affiliate group dedicated to raising public awareness of African American artists, supporting the Museum’s education initiatives, and encouraging the participation of African Americans at MoMA. Proceeds from Jazz Interlude will benefit the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North and The Friends of Education Fund, which assists the Museum in acquiring important works by African American artists, to increase its outreach to the African American community, and to support the Museum’s extensive educational programming.

Tables to the dinner range from $25,000 to $100,000, with individual tickets beginning at $1,500. Tickets may be purchased by visiting MoMA.org/jazzinterlude2015, calling MoMA’s Special Programming and Events office at 212-708-9960, or by e-mailing specialevents@MoMA.org.