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Lewis Hamilton, Swizz Beatz and Nine Inch Nails Toast Influential Artists

On Tuesday night, as joggers wove down Eastern Parkway toward Prospect Park, art world fixtures stepped out of black cars and filed past blossoming trees into the Brooklyn Museum.

Inside, the institution was hosting the Brooklyn Artists Ball, its largest annual fund-raiser. The evening honored Titus Kaphar, the American painter, whose work is currently in the museum’s exhibition, “Giants: Art From the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys.”

Mr. Kaphar said the night felt “kind of shocking.”

“I didn’t grow up going to museums,” Mr. Kaphar, explained, recalling when he first saw an exhibit of the painter Kehinde Wiley’s work at the Brooklyn Museum when he was a graduate student.

“I’d never considered the possibility that my work would exist in a place like this until I saw that brother do what he was doing. Then I thought maybe, just maybe.”

From left, Thomas Doherty, the actor; Kristine Froseth, the actress; Little Simz, the rapper; and Isabelle Fuhrman, the actress.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times
The event included a surprise performance before dinner.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times
Guests danced at an after party, which featured a D.J. set from Swizz Beatz.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times

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