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May 06

MOBIA’s First Gala Event Raises Over $100k for Exhibitions and Programs

The Museum of Biblical Art’s first-ever gala award dinner raised $110,000 last Monday night, directly benefiting the Museum’s exhibitions and programs and making the evening a resounding success. The event was held May 2nd, in the American Bible Society building where MOBIA founding trustee William F. Baker was celebrated with the Museum’s first Visionary Award. Honorary co-chair Bill Moyers gave a stirring speech honoring Bill Baker’s many accomplishments in public broadcasting, business and education, and as a community leader and family man. Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Emeritus and gala co-chair Philippe de Montebello was also on hand to show his support and convey his thoughts on Bill Baker’s numerous contributions to New York City’s cultural landscape.

MOBIA Board Chair and gala host Roberta Green Ahmanson presided over the affair attended by approximately 200 guests, including Councilwoman Gale Brewer; Judith Moyers; His Eminence Archbishop Dimitrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America; artist and IAM founder Makoto Fujimura; and Most Reverend Octavio Cisneros. MOBIA employed a special decorative technique to adorn the 20 round dining tables in the brightly lit hall—original artwork on loan from artists and friends with a special connection to the Museum, including miniature sculptures, paintings, and mixed-media pieces. Mrs. Ahmanson presented Bill Baker with the MOBIA Visionary Award—a unique, hand-made book created by New York City artist Dean Ebben—and an auction of donated artwork raised $17,000.  The evening ended with guests receiving commemorative gifts bags that included a catalog from MOBIA exhibitions, current and past.

The Museum of Biblical Art extends a sincere “thank you” to the American Bible Society, the Board of Trustees, Schneider’s Selections, Juilliard musicians Aleisha and Amanda Verner, Martello Media, the gala committee, MOBIA staff, friends, volunteers, and business partners for their generous support. Thank you for making our first gala event a success!

Visit MOBIA’s Flickr page to view a selection of images from this memorable evening.

May 06

Fox News Covers Passion in Venice

The exhibit Passion in Venice and the image of the Man of Sorrows featured in Fox News Easter weekend segment. View the clip in its entirety here.

April 21

The Wall Street Journal Reviews Passion in Venice

Read about the “exquisite” works on display in James Gardner’s review “The Man of Sorrows Motif Over Time.”

April 04

The Enduring Power of an Icon: Passion in Venice Reviewed in The New York Times

Read Ken Johnson’s stellar review of Passion in Venice here.

March 24

Purchase Your Tickets for MOBIA’s First Gala Dinner Today!

The Museum of Biblical Art will honor founding Trustee William F. Baker, President Emeritus, WNET/Channel 13, with the first MOBIA Visionary Award for his creative leadership in the world of art and religion. Join Honorary Co-Chairs Philippe de Montebello and Bill Moyers at MOBIA for a very special celebration on Monday, May 2, 2011. This memorable evening will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 8:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets to the gala, please click here.

March 24

MOBIA Chosen as a “Cultural Gem” by The Westside Spirit

The Westside Spirit selects MOBIA as one of the West side’s cultural treasures in this week’s edition.

March 08

The Huffington Post Covers Passion in Venice

Excellent article by Matthew Milliner in today’s Huffington Post comparing Passion in Venice with Gagosian Gallery’s Sacrilegio. Read it here.

February 17

Passion in Venice Featured on WNYC

Curators Bill Barcham and Catherine Puglisi were interviewed on The Leonard Lopate Show on 2/16/2011. Listen to the full interview here.

February 15

Save the Date: MOBIA’s First Gala Dinner, May 2, 2011

The Museum of Biblical Art will honor founding Trustee William F. Baker, President Emeritus, WNET/Channel 13, with the first MOBIA Visionary Award for his creative leadership in the world of art and religion. Join Honorary Co-Chairs Philippe de Montebello and Bill Moyers at MOBIA for a very special celebration on Monday, May 2, 2011. This memorable evening will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 8:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets to the gala, please click here.

For more information, please call 347-638-8780 or email gala@mobia.org.

February 10

MOBIA Announces New Hours

MOBIA is pleased to announce that starting Friday, February 11, 2011, the museum will be open six days a week. The new hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. MOBIA will continue to be closed on Mondays.

January 31

The New Yorker Lists Passion in Venice

Passion in Venice highlighted in this week’s New Yorker.

January 07

MOBIA in The Huffington Post!

Matthew Milliner mentions MOBIA and The Wanderer in his article on religion in contemporary art. Visit The Huffington Post for more.

January 05

Art That Stirs the Soul: Tobi Kahn featured in The New York Times

Tobi Kahn, whose work was featured in Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century, a solo exhibition at MOBIA last year, eases end-of-life suffering through the beauty of art. Visit the NY Times’ website to read more about Tobi Kahn and his distinctive work.

December 20

MOBIA Closing Dates

The Museum of Biblical Art will be closed for the holidays on December 24, 25, and 31, as well as January 1, 2011.

November 03

Dr. Ena Heller Honored with 2010 Religion and the Arts Award

MOBIA Executive Director Dr. Ena Heller was honored this weekend with the 2010 Religion and the Arts Award given by the American Academy of Religion at their Annual Conference in Atlanta. The Religion and the Arts Award, established in 2007, is presented to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a recent significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and religions, both for the academy and the broader public. Read the press release (pdf) for more information.

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