The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (aka MOCA) made a spectacular splash during its spring party, which included fashion mavens who flew in from the west coast just to make an entrance to this amazing yearly gathering of art lovers. In charge of the prized guest list were Barbara Herzberg and Alan and Diane Lieberman, Janice Lipton and Ray Ellen Yarkin, while Honorary Chair Belkys Nerey head the Surf’s Up Committee which included Gary Kessler of Quiksilver and artists Kevin Arrow, Carol Adrianza (Costume Design), Bhakti Baxter, Alvaro Ilizerbe and Jen Stark.
Scrumptous nibbles awaited you from top Miami restaurants such as China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Blue Door Delano, Adriana Restaurant, Meat Market, Sushi Samba and Shiraz Events Catering served a selection of their best menu items. Stylish guests sipped on delicious GREY GOOSE Vodka cocktails, Samuel Adams Beer and wines from Touch Catering.
The buzz was all about the incredible auction items including dinner for 6 of your closest pals or business guests with a bottle of Cristal at Mr. Chow, Miami, wearing of course the coveted Valentino cashmere + lace shawl, holding a Marc Jacobs, Gucci or Prada handbag, or anything a $1500 shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, a $500 gift certificate to Aventura Mall or DSW will reward you, while looking radiantly fabulous with your MAC, Chanel or Giorgio Armani or Bobbi Brown beauty products, with your man by your side, looking hot in a Bogosse or Duncan Quinn custom shirt!
MOCA invited Quiksilver to do a mini Pop Up shop in the museum. They transformed an empty gift shop into a surf shop selling surfboards, skateboards, and everything else you can imagine a perfect mini shop would have.
With the support of sponsors Audi, Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney, Barbara Z. Herzberg, Alan and Diane Lieberman, Janice and Alan Lipton, Ray Ellen and Allan Yarkin, the MOCA Bash Surf’s Up February 19th fundraiser allowed partygoers to experience all aspects of the surfing lifestyle. Colorful surfboards suspended from the ceiling, undulating fabrics evoking ocean waves, lifeguard stands, and bonfires will capture the essence of beach life. Skateboarders and classic surf films showcased the athletics of the sport and beach bunnies inspired partygoers while guest DJs kept the dance floor packed. Suggested attire was Beach Chic.
The MOCA BASH Surf’s Up Silent Auction offered a fantastic array of items and opportunities including original artwork by Raymond Pettibon, Daniel Arsham, and Russell Crotty; surfing lessons and 2 night stay at Hans Headman Surf School in Honolulu, Hawaii; 3 nights at Ollie’s Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica; hotel stays at the Taj in India, Rustic Inn in Jackson Hole, WY and Villa D’Este on Lake Como, Italy; VIP passes to The Armory Show in New York and Art Basel Miami Beach; dinner for 8 prepared by the chef from STK; and a tour of Wynwood galleries with MOCA Director Bonnie Clearwater. www.mocanomi.cmarket.com
MOCA BASH Surf’s Up built on the excitement of MOCA’s previous benefits: Bohemian Bash, POP Love, POP Soup, POP 10, POP 8 ½ and POP Bollywood which all raised funds for the museum’s Permanent Acquisition Fund and MOCA Programs.