Brooklyn Heights resident Lena Dunham and her mother Laurie Simmons were honored for their contributions in “the visual arts” Thursday at the Brooklyn Museum. The luncheon was held to celebrate Women in the Arts.
Forbes: Many Brooklynites attending the benefit felt proprietary about Ms. Dunham. In many cases, she went to school in brownstone Brooklyn with their children. They had watched her grow up and were proud to have her in their museum, which like Dunham, is also having its moment. Dunham, too, recalls Brooklyn in her work; in a recent New Yorker essay, she noted the abundance of bagel shops and squash players in Brooklyn Heights (and her genius is in lumping them together). Others in the audience were artists themselves like Carol Dunham (husband and father of the honorees), Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu and Piper Kerman, author of the book and Netflix hit, “Orange is the New Black”.