Israel @ 60 Gala, New York 2008

On October 27, 2008, the American Friends of the Israel Museum held its Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, this year on the theme of Israel at 60!. Attended by 620 guests, the gala celebrated the 60th anniversary of Israeli Statehood and the history of modern Israeli art. Against a visually stunning backdrop of works from the Museum’s holdings screened on a continuous loop throughout the evening, the Gala placed particular emphasis on the last decade in contemporary Israeli art, echoing our 2008 exhibition Real Time: Art in Israel 1998–2008, the exhibition that represented the Museum’s contribution to the cultural celebration of the State’s 60th anniversary. Co-chaired by Phyllis Mack, Barbara Floersheimer Rothschild, and Meredith Lane Verona, the event raised close to $2.8 million.

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