As anticipated, last night's gala event at the Brooklyn Museum honoring real estate developer Bruce Ratner attracted protesters opposed to the $4 billion Atlantic Yards stadium and residential development proposed for a 22-acre site just a stone's throw from the museum. Atlantic Yards Report was at the scene and writes: "The protest organized by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn last night outside the museum was notably angry, with some 80 people gathering at one point, many chanting 'Ratner is a liar' and 'Shame on you' at vehicles coming to drop off their passengers."
Inside, museum donors and other invited guests enjoyed the opening of the Takashi Murakami retrospective and later a performance by Kanye West. No word yet on just what the "one-night-only Louis Vuitton performance in support of the protection of intellectual property" was, but outside the museum Vuitton did present an ironic installation of street vendors' tables heaped with authentic Vuitton goods, not knock-offs. (See photos.)