Black Ties and Polka Dots at the New York Botanical Garden

And Pioneer Works hosts a dinner with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and David Byrne.

The first major black-tie gala of the not quite post-pandemic era took place June 3, when the New York Botanical Garden held a spring fund-raiser.

Organizers did not decide to hold the gala until late April, shortly after the installation of Yayoi Kusama’s “Cosmic Nature,” but they nevertheless managed to sell all 300 of the $2,500 tickets.

Cocktails in a tented area took place at 6 p.m. To gain admittance, guests had to show proof of vaccination at the door.

Ms. Kusama, 92, who lives voluntarily in a psychiatric asylum in Tokyo, did not make an appearance, but various

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