The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) hosted 300 guests at the LOOT 2016 Opening Benefit on Monday, April 11, 2016. The evening’s events included first access for patrons to meet the LOOT 2016 artists and acquire their designs, a cocktail hour and reception, as well as a dinner who honored the LOOT 2016 Award recipients, jewelry designer and arts patron Joan Hornig, and fashion designer and philanthropist Kay Unger. Internationally renowned fine jewelry designer Angela Cummings was the Honorary Chair. The evening’s Dinner Chairs were Michele Cohen and Marsy Mittlemann and LOOT’s Curator is Bryna Pomp. Guests wore their most fabulous jewelry.
Michele Cohen greeted dinner guests at Robert, MAD’s award winner restaurant, and presented the first award to Joan Hornig, who addressed the room saying, “I love that jewelry has the ability to transcend time, culture, and gender. I am honored to be associated with the only American museum to have a permanent space committed to showcasing its permanent jewelry collection along with contemporary innovators.”
Dinner Co-Chairman, Marsy Mittlemann then presented the award to honoree Kay Unger. Beth Rudin DeWoody, acting as the voice of honoree Kay Unger who stood beside her stricken by bronchitis unable to speak, said “I am thrilled to join Joan Hornig not only in supporting the MAD Museum, but also in celebrating the artists and the creative spirit inherent to LOOT.” MAD Chairman Emerita, Barbara Tober presented Isabel and Ruben Toledo with a birthday cake at their seats. The Toledos’ designed the LOOT 2016 artwork for the invitation.
LOOT is the Museum of Arts and Design’s annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry created by more than 40 of the world’s most innovative jewelry artists working in a range of materials including silver, pearls, and semiprecious stones, as well as more unconventional materials like glass, wood, hand-painted canvas, porcelain, papier mache, concrete, zinc, sequins, and feathers. For most of these artists this is their New York debut; all will be at the Museum to meet you and discuss their work.