MAD Ball 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Cipriani 42nd Street

Honoring Madeleine Albright, Barnaba Fornasetti, Jorge M. Pérez, Faith Ringgold and Sterling Ruby


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will honor luminaries from the worlds of art, fashion, real estate, and design at its most highly anticipated event of the year, the MAD Ball. Honorees exemplify the Museum’s mission to celebrate leadership and the creative process through which materials are crafted into objects and design that enhance contemporary life.  Madeleine Albright, Barnaba Fornasetti, Jorge M. Pérez, Faith Ringgold and Sterling Ruby are this year’s honorees.

MAD Ball is the Museum’s single most important fundraiser and all proceeds help fund MAD’s education, public and exhibition programs, and general operations, which serve over 300,000 people per year.  We look forward to having you join us to celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary individuals!

For questions regarding MAD Ball 2017, please call Stephanie Lang at 212.299.7729 or email

Event Co-Chairs

Iris Apfel
Andi Potamkin Blackmore
Jerome A. Chazen
Michele Cohen
Melissa Urfirer Gottesman
Shari Siadat Loeffler
Angela Missoni
Linda Plattus
Barbara Tober 

Host Committee

Derrick Adams
Lindsey Adelman
Jonathan Adler
Ghada Amer
Barry X. Ball
Dror Benshetrit
Zoë Buckman
Michael Bullock
Felix Burrichter
Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Wendell Castle
Nick Cave
Rafael de Cárdenas
Lauren and Richard Dupont
Todd Eberle
Sebastian Errazuriz
Richard Estes
Eric Goode
Alexander Hemingway
Chris Jones
Rainer Judd
Amy Lau
Judith Leiber
Ebony G. Patterson
Katharina Plath
Ralph Pucci
Karim Rashid
Toni Ross
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Julianne Swartz
Naama Tsabar
Dexter Wimberly
Rob Wynne


Simon Doonan

Award Designer

Todd Pavlisko

Corporate Sponsors

Ark Restaurants
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Kate Spade New York
Robert Restaurant
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Sugar Foods Corporation

Events for Members

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Please join our hosts Samantha De Tillio, Assistant Curator and Andi Potamkin Blackmore, MAD Trustee as we explore the work of artist Andrew Erdos.


Image Courtesy Valhalla Entertainment

Friday, February 23, 2018

MAD Members are invited to a screening of the new documentary film MANKILLER, co-presented with the Feminist Institute. Featuring a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers, MANKILLER tells the story of American legend Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MAD Museum members and supporters are invited to a private reception in celebration of the exhibitions Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro and La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Supporting Members and above are invited to join MAD’s Windgate Research and Collections Curator Elissa Auther for a private tour of Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to Monday, May 21, 2018

Collector’s Circle members and above are invited to join us for a trip to Seattle and Vancouver to explore the arts, crafts, and design of two charming cities with MAD’s William & Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R Stratton.