Monday, April 3, 2023

7:00 p.m. Cocktails

8:00 p.m. Dinner

Performance by Grammy Award—winner

Samara Joy

The Museum of Modern Art

18 West 54 Street, New York

Festive Attire

The Black Arts Council

The Black Arts Council is a community of patrons, philanthropists, collectors, and art enthusiasts dedicated to the elevated visibility, access, and appreciation for art and artists of the African diaspora at The Museum of Modern Art. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans, Agnes Gund, and David Rockefeller, Jr., the Black Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art evolved from the visionary Friends of Education—a trailblazing initiative to cultivate a more reflective audience at the Museum, fund acquisitions by Black artists, support educational programming around Black art, and create opportunities for Black artists and arts professionals at MoMA. 

The Black Arts Council continues its founding mission to strengthen the artistic tradition at MoMA by centering Black perspectives on modern and contemporary art that educate, inform, and elevate the canon across New York City and around the world.

Each year, the exclusive, members-only programming of the Black Arts Councilfrom gallery talks and curatorial walk-throughs of groundbreaking exhibitions to intimate studio visits with artists, private collection visits, and morefosters opportunities for Black artists and their work and illustrates this community’s unique ability to convene and champion emerging and iconic artists of African descent at The Museum of Modern Art.

Samara Joy

With her Grammy Award–winning Verve Records debut Linger Awhile, 23-year-old Bronx native Samara Joy joins the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the venerable label’s next mononymous jazz singing sensation. Her rich, velvety, and precociously refined voice has earned fans such as Anita Baker and Regina King, while her broadcast appearances on the Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and many others—along with millions of likes on TikTok—have cemented her status as the first Gen-Z jazz singing star. On Linger Awhile, Samara Joy introduces her massive audience to classic standards with her timeless, irresistible sound. The New York Times praised the “silky-voiced rising star” for “helping jazz take a youthful turn” and NPR’s All Things Considered named her a “classic jazz singer from a new generation.” In February 2023, Samara Joy took home two Grammys, winning Best Jazz Vocal Album and the auspicious Best New Artist award.

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