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Nassau County Museum of Art readies for ball, honors Joseph Graziose of RXR Realty

Joseph Graziose, Ball Honoree pictured with Team from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Second from left, Patricia Petersen, chairman of the board and president, and second from right, Deirdre O, Connell, CEO. (Photos by Tab Hauser)

It was all about the ’80s at the 2019 Museum Ball kick-off party on May 1. Held at the Engineer’s Country Club in Roslyn Harbor, the cocktail party event honored Joseph Graziose, EVP of residential development and construction RXR Realty.

The event was chaired by Museum Board president Angela Susan Anton and cochaired by Lisa Lechleider and Melissa Stark.

The current exhibition, “That ’80s Show—Rebel with a Cause: The Extravagant Eighties as Envisioned by Eric Fischl” runs through July 7, and highlights one of the most dynamic eras in American art history. The show features more than 100 works by all the great personalities of the ’80s, beginning with him and his wife, April Gornik, along with Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Bryan Hunt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Lemieux, Charlie Clough, Tseng Kwong Chi, Jonathan Lasker and others. The show also features a “hall of fame” of music and sports memorabilia, including Michael Jackson’s glove, Prince’s fashion, Madonna’s jewelry, and autographed items from the Islanders, Mets and the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

The 2019 Nassau County Museum of Art Museum Ball will occur on Saturday, June 8. The theme is “So ’80s” and is sponsored by RXR. Joseph Graziose will be honored.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. For more information, call 516-484-9338 or visit www.nassaumuseum.org.

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