2015 Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony

 
 
  

 


ArtTable's 35th Anniversary Benefit and Award Ceremony 
Friday, May 1st, 2015 | 583 Park Avenue New York 
 
Honoring Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy,
Collectors and Philanthropists
with the Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Read more about our honorees here
 
presented by 
Jennifer Rubell, artist
Read more about our DSVA presenter here
 
also recognizing
Naomi BeckwithMarilyn and Larry Fields curator,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
with the New Leadership Award  
Read more about our NLA awardee here

Keynote by 
Martha Wilson, performance artist, and founder of Franklin Furnace 
Read more about our keynote here
 

Read the Program Journal Here

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Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy
have been involved in the art world for most of their lives, are avid collectors of contemporary art and have been recognized by ArtNews in their annual list of the top 200 art collectors in the world for over 10 years. Both are actively devoted to the arts and are Trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the International Council of Museum of Modern Art, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Melva is a Board Member of the Aspen Institute and the American Friends of the Israel Museum, while Raymond served as Presidential Appointee (1980-1986) to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Arts.  

 
Naomi Beckwith 
is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and focuses on conceptual practices in contemporary art. Beckwith has curated and co-curated several exhibitions internationally and nationally—including at the MCA Chicago, ICA in Philadelphia and in New York the Artists Space and the Studio Museum where she also managed the Artists-in-Residence program—and has contributed to numerous catalogues and journals. Her exhibitions and writings have been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Artforum International, Frieze, Art in America, Flash Art, T Magazine, and Ebony magazine where she was recently listed as a Top 100 Leader in Arts and Letters.  Prior to joining the MCA, Beckwith was in a project coordinator for BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and, most immediately, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. 

 

Martha Wilson
is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.”  In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.  She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York; and has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Martha received an artist honor at ArtTable's 30th Anniversary Celebration
 
HONORARY BENEFIT
CO-CHAIRS

Gene Bucksbaum
April and Glenn Bucksbaum
Dawn Learsy
Lisa Finneran and Serge Learsy
Mary and Patrick Scanlan

PLATINUM SUPPORTERS
Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy 

GOLD SUPPORTERS
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Marieluise Hessel 

BRONZE SUPPORTERS
The Broad Art Foundation
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman 
Agnes Gund
Elizabeth Szancer Kujawski | ESKart LLC
Leonard Lauder 
Toby Devan Lewis 
Yvonne and Leslie Pollack 
Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley 
Judy Steinhardt

LEADERSHIP SUPPORTERS
Frances Beatty Adler
Americans for the Arts
Anonymous in Memory of Caroline Goldsmith 
Cathie Behrend
Jane Borthwick 
Christo
Bobbi Coller 
Lisa Dennison 
Anne Edgar
Milly Glimcher | Pace Gallery 
Carol and Arthur Goldberg
Thelma Golden 
Suzanne Jaffe
Ann and Gilbert Kinney
Nanette L. Laitman
Carol Cole Levin 
Galerie Lelong
Dorothy Lichtenstein 
Any and John Phelan
Lisa Podos 
Tara K. Reddi 
June and Paul Schorr
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz
Cindy Sherman 
Lowery Stokes Sims 
Frederieke Taylor
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund 
Fern Tessler
Barbara Tober 
Gordon Veneklasen 
Yvonne and Leo Villareal 
Susan Wasserstein 
Adam and Lorraine Weinberg

BENEFACTORS
Hope Byer

PATRONS
Barbara Bertozzi Castelli 
Janis Cecil 
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Elaine Goldman 
Donna Harkavy 
Judith Hoffman 
Carolina Nitsch
Linda Silverman
Wendy Rosenthal Gellman


PARTNERS

The Chinati Foundation
The Thunderbird Hotel
 

Recipients of ArtTable's Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Kitty Carlisle Hart 1993
Agnes Gund 1994
Emily Rauh Pulitzer 1995
Dianne Pilgrim 1996
Joan Mondale 1997
Stephanie French 1998
Lucy Lippard 1999
Marcia Tucker 2000
Paula Cooper 2001
Iris Cantor 2002
Linda Nochlin 2003
Elizabeth C. Baker 2004
Elizabeth A. Sackler 2006
Emily K. Rafferty 2007
Vishakha N. Desai 2008
Toby Devan Lewis 2009
Yoko Ono 2010
Lila Harnett 2011
Patricia E. Harris 2012
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros 2013
Marguerite Steed Hoffman 2014