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Feminist fete at Brooklyn Museum

Feathered friend: Artist Lauren Wachtler gives a performance during the Brooklyn Museum’s “Firsties” awards dinner as part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Artist Ball on April 18.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

The Brooklyn Museum welcomed a diverse crowd of legendary ladies for a special celebration of feminist ideals — and no we’re not talking about Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party.”

Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Connie Chung, and other icons celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Brooklyn Museum’s ground-breaking Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on Wednesday, partying until the lights went on at midnight.

The event drew scores of boldfaced names including the museum’s honorary chairwoman, Marisa Tomei, philanthropist Elizabeth Sackler, and artists including Chicago, Amy Sillman, Liz Magic Laser, Swoon, and Kate Gilmore, who toasted 16 pioneering women for their leadership in the arts, government, business, and education.

Surprises abounded throughout the night, when Sackler announced to the crowd that the Museum had dedicated a new hybrid rose in Steinem’s name and that she would endow a permanent feminist art curator at the museum — the first such position in the country.

At about 9 pm, the Museum opened the doors for a W Magazine-sponsored after-party, featuring a futuristic green-screen photo booth, glasses of Brooklyn Brewery’s bubbly Belgian-inspired ales, and a sound cloud of pop music tunes mixed by DJ of the moment Mia Moretti.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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