The Bass Ball

December 20, 2018



On Saturday, December 15, 2018, more than 250 art patrons, artists, cultural influencers and philanthropists attended The Bass Ball,  the annual fundraising gala in support of the museum’s education and exhibition programs.

Guests enjoyed a fashionable evening, hosted by CHANEL, including a special performance by Amber Mark and tunes by DJ Frank Delour. After a dusk-lit cocktail hour in Collins Park, patrons were seated to an elegant meal. Remarks were made by George Lindemann, President of the Board of Directors of The Bass, Silvia Karman Cubi ñá, Executive Director of The Bass, Tom Murphy, Member of the Board of Directors of The Bass, and Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “The Bass Ball is the single largest fundraising event we hold each year in support of this extraordinary institution,” said Lindemann, President of the Board of Directors of The Bass.

“It was very gratifying to see how much support we received for the work and the mission of The Bass. Our donors understand the important role art and culture play in our community, and their generous contributions make all the difference to our institution.”

Chaired by Maria Beguiristain, Olga and Alex Blavatnik, Lisa Heiden-Koffler and Adam Koffler, Diane and Alan Lieberman, Inés Rivero, Alisa and Emilio Romano, and Alexa and Adam Wolman, The Ball had a creative edge to ‘Come As You Art!’ This year, guests were encouraged to dress using Fauvism as inspiration–an expressive modern art movement, originating in France at the turn of the 20th century.

Among those in attendance at The Bass Ball were Joyce Green, Executive Vice President of Fashion, CHANEL Inc Bass Board members: Ambassador Paul and Trudy Cejas, Tatiana and Riccardo Silva, Solomon and Lindsay Genet, Sarah and Austin Harrelson, Michael Comras and Daniela Swaebe, José Ramón González and Christine Ann Soto, Cricket Taplin, Criselda Breene, Laura Paresky Gould and Eric Gould, Clara Bullrich and Josue Lain Velilla, Ali Scharf-Matlick and Erik Matlick, and Cathy Vedovi.

City of Miami Beach representatives: Mayor Dan Gelber and Joan Silverstein, Commissioner Michael Góngora, and Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez. Other notable guests included: Victoria Rogers, Louis Aguirre and Matt Macdonald, Barbara and Jose Hevia, Carole and Oscar Seikaly, David and Christy Martin, Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova, Barbara Becker, Don and Mera Rubell, Karen and Harold Rifas, Andi Potamkin, Danié Góme-Ortigoza and Nicolas Guillant, Fred Snitzer and Ingrid Vazquez-Luhn, David Castillo, Gary and Jennifer Nader, Vivian Pfeiffer, Sam Robin, Paola Pivi and Karma Lama, Dara Friedman and Mark Handforth, Augustina Woodgate, Carlos Betancourt and Alberto Latorre, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Suzy Buckley Woodward, Angel Lauren Garcia, Nina Surel, and Iran Issa-Khan.


The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Founded in 1964 by the City of Miami Beach, the museum was established after the donation of a private collection by residents John and Johanna Bass, and opened in a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast. Recognized for organizing the first solo U.S. museum exhibitions of international artists such as Erwin Wurm, The Bass also presents major exhibitions by influential artists such as El Anatsui, Isaac Julien, Ugo Rondinone, Eve Sussman and Piotr Uklań ski. The exhibition program encompasses a wide range of media and artistic points of view, bringing fresh perspectives to the diverse cultural context of Miami Beach. The Bass is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, please visit, or follow The Bass on social media at or Twitter and Instagram @TheBassMoA.

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