Jonathan Demme Exhibition Party!

Friday, March 28, 7-11 p.m. Free Admission

Great Art, Live Music, Fantastic Food, Refreshments,
Free Parking

Jonathan Demme

Join Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme and friends for a special pre-auction exhibition party!

Jonathan Demme is perhaps best known as the director of films such as The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).


Art/Auction Exhibition

The Friday night party starts off a weekend of auctions dedicated solely to the superb self-taught art collection of Jonathan Demme. In an exclusive arrangement with the Material Culture Auction House, Demme brings a multitude of sculpture and painting to the sales, totaling over 900 lots.

Take the opportunity during to party to view this great collection.

Direct from the Eye: The Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art” is a compendium of Demme’s travels and tastes that transcends borders, encompassing Haitian and American self-taught artists from the 1940’s to the present, contemporary intuitive painters from Jamaica, as well as art from Africa, South America and Europe.

Auction Schedule:

2-Day Auction: Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, commencing at 11 AM EST on both days. Auction Details »

Exhibition: Jonathan Demme’s impressive collection will be on display from March 22 to March 29, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Party: Friday March 28, 2014 from 7-11 PM


Auction Information

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Live Reggae Music by Sister Carol East

Sister Carol and Mr. Demme in '86

Sister Carol and Mr. Demme in ’86

We are honored to announce that performing live at the party will be one of Jamaica’s top entertainers, Sister Carol.

Born and raised in the ghettos of Kingston until the age of 14, her family immigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1973.

The thriving dancehall scene in New York City in the 70’s would lead Sister Carol to a path that would include movies, albums, television appearances and a Grammy nomination.

Sample Sister Carol East’s music below or visit


Party Buffet: From Port-au-Prince to Kingston

Presented by Baba Olga’s Café, the food and refreshments will celebrate the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean.

Pricing: You can purchase tickets during the party for $35 per person (online reservation is now closed).

Baba Olga’s Café and Supper Club is helmed by acclaimed Chef Aliza Green, the James Beard award-winning author of thirteen cookbooks and food guides and celebrated culinary tour leader. The café marries global flavor with the most locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested ingredients.

Party Buffet Menu


  • Chayote Stuffed with Scallop Ceviche
  • Haitian Roasted Eggplant Salad with Sesame & Ginger (vegetarian)


  • Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings
  • Cuban Beef Ropa Vieja “Old Clothes”
  • Yam & Corn Picadillo Empanadas (vegetarian)
  • Jamaican Lamb Curry

  • Haitian Pikliz Slaw (vegetarian)
  • Haitian Red Beans & Rice
  • Roasted Maduros (sweet plantains) (vegetarian)
  • Coconut Rice (vegetarian)


  • Individual Key Lime Pies
  • Torta Très Lèches with Dulce de Leche (vanilla cake soaked in rum and cream syrup)

Buffet Tickets

You can purchase tickets during the party for $35 per person (online reservation is now closed).

Hotel Accommodations

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