The Museum of Modern Art presented an elegant
black-tie gala, Jazz Interlude, on Tuesday, November
18, 2008, hosted by The Friends of Education, a
Museum affiliate group devoted to encouraging
greater appreciation of art made by African
Americans and the participation of African Americans
at MoMA. The event
was chaired by Sherry B. Bronfman.
Proceeds from Jazz Interlude benefit The
Friends of Education Fund, which totaled over
$550,000 this year.
The evening included a cocktail
reception, followed by a jazz performance and a
black-tie dinner. The jazz performance, produced by
George T. Wein, featured drummer Roy Haynes, bassist
Bob Cranshaw, trumpet player Jeremy Pelt, and jazz
pianist Mulgrew Miller.
The 2008 Jazz Interlude honored Agnes Gund
and David Rockefeller, Jr. Gund is President
Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art and Chairman of
its International Council. She joined MoMA’s Board
in 1976 and served as President from 1991 until
2002. David Rockefeller, Jr. is a director and
former chairman of Rockefeller & Co. and has been an
active participant in the non-profit arena,
especially in the areas of environment,
philanthropy, arts, and public education. Mr.
Rockefeller is a trustee of The Museum of Modern
Art, the Asian Cultural Council, and a fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Since the last Jazz Interlude held in 2006, the
group has provided extensive support to a number of
exhibitions at MoMA, including Jazz Score
(2008), Martin Puryear (2007), and Comic
Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image-Making (2007)
and helped acquire David Hammons, Untitled (Rock
Head) for the Museum’s permanent collection.
The group has also provided contributions to the
Exhibition Fund in honor of Peter Norton and Gwen
Adams at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.
Past Jazz Interludes have honored Dr. Camille O.
Dorothy Cullman (2004), and George Wein (2001), with
a performance by Wynton Marsalis in 1998.
Special thanks to Sandy Starkman and MAKE UP FOR
JAZZ INTERLUDE ATTENDEES:
Benefit Chairman: Sherry B.
Performance Produced by
Roy Haynes, Bob Cranshaw, Jeremy Pelt, Mulgrew
Fred Brown, Mel Edwards, Deborah Grant, Trenton
Doyle Hancock, Jennie C. Jones,
Glenn Ligon, Martin Puryear,
Pipilotti Rist, Jean Claude Samuel, Ming
Smith, Will Villalongo
William T. Williams
Gayle Perkins Atkins, Klaus Biesenbach,
Patricia Blanchett, Ron Carter
Glenn Close, Dale Cochran
and Knut Eckert,
Bernard Jackson & Joyce Mullins-Jack
Nancy L. Lane,
Jo Carole Lauder, Reginald Van Lee
David Levering Lewis, Stuart Lewis, Glenn Lowry
Kynaston McShine, Peter and Gwen Norton
Richard D. and Laura Parsons, Carlos Picon,
David Rockefeller, Jr., Lowery Stokes Sims, B. Smith
Isabel and Don Stewart, David Teiger, Ann Temkin