|This past Wednesday night, the Independent Curator’s International (ICI) hosted its 2016 Annual Benefit & Auction in support of ICI's new programs and partnerships. They honored Marian Goodman with the Leo Award designed by Tony Matelli and presented by Agnes Gund.
Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Franklin Sirmans presented Miguel A. Lopez with the Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award, given every other year to an emerging curator who is selected among young professionals. Alongside ICI Executive Director Renaud Proch, guests raised $452,000 in support of the organization.
|The Benefit Committee was Noreen Ahmad, Ann Cook, Yulia Dultsina, Sydie Lansing, and Ann Schaffer. Leadership Committee was Jeannie Minskoff Grant and T. Grant, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and Marian Goodman Gallery
Among those attending were: Sarah Arison, Klaus Biesenbach, Belinda Buck Kielland, Zoë Buckman, Maurizio Cattelan, Stuart Comer, Bob Colacello, Sue De Beer, James and Jane Cohan, Kate Fowle, Jack Geary, Agnes Gund, Heather Hubbs, Rashid Johnson and Sheree Hovsepian, Sean Kelly, Tina Kukielski, Sydie Lansing, Simone Leigh, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Eddie Martinez, Tony Matelli, Julie Mehretu, Sam Moyer, Mel Schaffer, Patterson Sims, Nancy Spector, Susan Thompson, Barbara Toll, and Neville Wakefield.
|Also this past Wednesday night at Gotham Hall, Friends and patrons of the American Folk Art Museum celebrated their Fall Benefit Gala. 320 guests were in attendance and it was chaired by Heidi Messer and Tad Martin, members of the museum’s Board of Trustees. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction led by Nicholas D. Lowry was master of ceremonies. This year’s honorees were Lucy and Mike Danziger, The Ford Foundation, and Thornton Dial (in memoriam.)
The Danzigers have championed the museum for more than four decades, and Lucy Danziger has served on the Board since 1977, an unprecendented 39 years. She currently is a vice-president of the museum and co-chair of its education committee. The Danzigers was given their award by two of their children: Rebecca Gamzon and David Danziger.
|The award to the Ford Foundation, which advances arts and culture through the lens of equity, opportunity, and justice, was accepted by its president, Darren Walker. Laura Parsons, president of the museum, presented Mr. Walker with the award for The Ford Foundation, and
The third honoree, Thornton Dial, a self-taught artist whose improbable journey from a sharecropper’s shack in Alabama to international recognition as one of America’s greatest artists. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thorton Dial died last January at the age of 88. Max Anderson, president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and former director of the Whitney Museum, presented the artists’s award to his son, Richard Dial, who had traveled up from Alabama to receive the honor.
|This annual gala provides a primary source of funding for the museum, allowing it to sustain its wide range of initiatives: its collection of 8,000+ works of folk art, major exhibitions, programs for students as well as the general public, traveling exhibitions to museums across the country, archives, and a library.
The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.
For more information visit www.folkartmuseum.org
|This past Tuesday night at 583 Park Avenue, the Archives of American Art honored Steve Martin, artist Catherine Opie, and art historian Thomas Crow at their annual benefit. Jonathan Weinberg, critic at the Yale School of Art, presented Mr. Crow with the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History. The Award was originated in 1998 by Trustee Barbara G. Fleischman as a tribute to her late husband who founded the Archives in 1954. Mrs. Fleishman was in attendance Tuesday night. There was also a special presentation of the Archives of American Art Medal to Steve Martin presented by Eric Fischl, and to Catherine Opie, presented by Jennifer Blessing, senior curator of photography at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.|
|Among the more than 300 attending were Martha J. Fleischman, Board Chair of the Archives, as well as Vice-Chair Arthur Cohen, Irving Blum, Barbara Castelli, Chirsto, Lisa Dennison, Susanne Emmerich, Helen Drutt English, Robert Gober, Gerrit Goosen, April Gornik, Claudia Gould, Joan T. Washburn, Gilbert and Ann Kinney, Margo Leavin, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Richard Powell, Jock Reynolds, Agnes Gund, Glenn Ligon, Joyce Menschel, Janice Oresman, Salvador Salort-Pons, Andres Serrano, Ann Temkin, Philippe Vergne and Joel Shapiro.|
|The Archives of American Art is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is the preeminent institution documenting the history of art in American. Encompassing letters, sketchbooks, diaries, emails, photographs, and home movies, the collection span the 18th to the 21st centuries and continues to grow. The most comprehensive archive of its kind, it represents generations of American artists, collectors, dealers, and scholars, including the largest inventory of art-related oral histories in the world.|
|Last Thursday night, October 20th, The American Ballet Theatre held its Fall Gala with the Company premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Daphnis and Chloe, along with Alexei Ratmansky’s Rondo Capriccioso which was performed by students from the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School; and Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations.
Set to music by Maurice Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe was adapted from the 2nd Century AD novelby Greek writer Longus, and was choreographed by Millepied for the Paris Opera Ballet in 2014. It had originally been commissioned a century ago (1912) by Serge Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes.
|The current production was staged for ABT by Janie Taylor and Sebastian Marcovici, and will be given six performances during the ABT Fall Season. This production generously supported through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.
Rondo Capriccioso, choreographed by Ratmansky and set to music by Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, was created in 2014 in celebration of the ABT JKO School’s 10th Anniversary. The ballet received its World Premiere on October 22, 2014.
|Among the guests attending the gala were: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julianna Margulies, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Tilly, Calvin Klein, Lauren Santo Domingo, Daphne Groeneveld Damaris Lewis, Star Jones, Anh Duong; ABT Principal Dancers Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes, James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston and Stella Abrera Radetsky. Also Nausheen Shah, Elaina Watley, Allison Sarofim, Alessandro and Fe Fendi, Amy Fine Collins, Carlos Souza, Susan Fales-Hill, Rob Ashford, Bronson Van Wyck, Julia and David Koch, Sutton Stracke, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, Jessica Lange, Linda Fargo, Deeda Blair, Cameron Silver, Antony Todd, George Condo, Sarah Arison, Ariana Rockefeller, Becca Thrash, Anne McNally, Julia Loomis, Caryn Zucker, Indre Rockefeller, Maria Baibakova, Di Mondo, Hamish Bowles, Dasha Zhukova, Amy Astley, Laura Brown, Ryan Korban, Tracey Amon, Daniel Romualdez, Arielle Patrick, Carolina Irving, Joanna Fisher.|