Annual Benefit Gala

Grit + Glamour: A Basquiat Ball
Saturday, February 2, 2019


Join us on Saturday, February 2, 2019, for Grit + Glamour: A Basquiat Ball, the Museum’s Annual Benefit Gala. Inspired by an artist with whose work Princeton has had a long and very special relationship, the theme of this year’s Gala draws upon the creatively explosive downtown art scene of the 1980s in which Jean-Michel Basquiat and his circle—from Keith Haring to Madonna to Andy Warhol—shaped a dynamic street culture that changed both art and the wider American scene. It’s also a New York that has been lost to the past, and so Grit + Glamour: A Basquiat Ball also reminds us of the downtown that was, including its style, art, and music. Our sole fundraising event of the year, proceeds from the Gala support the wide range of education and outreach programs that the Museum offers—free of charge—year round. 


6:00 p.m.
Princeton University Art Museum

Dinner and Dancing

7:30 p.m.
Prospect House

The dinner and dancing portion of Grit+Glamour is currently at capacity. Tickets to the cocktail reception are still available. To be placed on the waitlist or purchase tickets to the cocktail reception please email Gabrielle Markand at

The Museum is grateful to the following early sponsors for their leadership support:

Allen Adler, Class of 1967, and Frances Beatty Adler • Susan and Jim Baumann • Roger S. Berlind, Class of 1952, and Brook Berlind • Mary and David Blair, Class of 1967 • Bryn Mawr Trust • Mrs. James E. Burke • Jitender and Jeannie Chopra • Melanie and John Clarke • Susan and John Diekman, Class of 1965 • Christopher L. Eisgruber, Class of 1983, and Lori A. Martin • Celia A. Felsher, Class of 1976, and John L. Cecil, Class of 1976 • William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher, through the Sakana Foundation • Cheryl and Elliot Gursky • Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970, and Heather Sturt Haaga • Hamilton Jewelers • Christie and Fred Henry • Ken and Maria Hu • Catherine and David Loevner, Class of 1976 • Ginny Mason and Robert Willig • Denise and Denis McDaniel • Valerie and Jim McKinney • Grace R. and Howard S. Mele, MD, Class of 1949* • Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. • Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976 • Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992 • PNC Wealth Management • H. Vincent Poor, Graduate School Class of 1977 • Princeton Tour Company • PSEG • Louise Sams, Class of 1979, and Jerome Grilhot • Judith McCartin Scheide • Lenore and Herbert Schorr, Graduate School Class of 1963 • Inez and Richard Scribner, Class of 1958 • James Christen Steward • Enea and Dave Tierno • Mila and Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988 • Ann and RJ Vassiliou, Graduate School Class of 1991