24th Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 | 11AM-2PM
583 Park Avenue, New York 

Curator Emerita,
Museum of Arts and Design
with the
2017 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Presented by Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD  

Also recognizing

Lauren Cornell

Curator and Associate Director, Technology Initiatives,

New Museum

with the

2017 New Leadership Award
Presented by Sara Raza, 2016 NLA recipient

Keynote by

Amalia Mesa-Bains, PhD

MacArthur Fellow and Professor Emerita,

California State University, Monterey Bay
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Lowery Stokes Sims 

A founding board member of ArtTable, Lowery Stokes Sims has fostered diversification, inclusion, and opportunity for artists globally for over four decades in the context of the black arts movement, the feminist art movement, and the politics of postmodernism and beyond. She has published extensively on modern and contemporary art and has lectured and been guest curator for exhibitions nationally and internationally. She is currently working on projects for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York City; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; and the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati.
Among the artists Sims has worked with are Elizabeth Catlett, Robert Colescott, Fred Brown, Benny Andrews, Judith Godwin, Joyce Scott, Young Soon Min, Hope Sandrow, Sonya Clark, Arnold Mesches, Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Chakaia Booker, Whitfield Lovell, Willie Cole, Fred Wilson, Wendy Maruyama, Margo Machida, Joe Lewis, Saya Woolfalk, Sebastian Errazuriz, Afruz Amighi, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Jin Soo Kim, Julio Galán, Ida Applebroog, Melvin Edwards, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Beverly Buchanan, Edgar Heap of Birds, Tom Miller, Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Stephen Burks, Andy Diaz Hope, and Laurel Roth. She has also worked on exhibitions of Stuart Davis, John Marin, Richard Pousette-Dart, Ellsworth Kelly, Fritz Sholder, and Viola Frey and written about Lois Mailou Jones, Bill Traylor, William Edmondson, and Wifredo Lam.
Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 to 1999 and then, from 2000 to 2007, as executive director, president, and adjunct curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2015, after eight years at the Museum of Arts and Design, she became curator emerita. In 1991, she received the Frank Jewett Mather Award
 from the College Art Association for distinction in art criticism. Her teaching credentials include A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University (2005–2010); visiting professor, Queens College and Hunter College, New York City (2005–2007); fellow, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA (2007); visiting scholar, University of Minnesota (2007); and distinguished professor, Department of Art, University of California, Irvine (2014). From 2003 to 2004, Sims was a member of the selection jury for the World Trade Center memorial.

Lauren Cornell 
Lauren Cornell is curator and associate director of technology initiatives at the New Museum. She was cocurator of the 2015 triennial, Surround Audience, with Ryan Trecartin. She is coeditor, with Ed Halter, of the critical anthology Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press/New Museum, 2015). From 2005 to 2012, she served as executive director of Rhizome and adjunct curator at the New Museum, where she organized exhibitions including Free (2010), and was part of the curatorial team for the inaugural triennial in 2009, Younger Than Jesus. At the New Museum, Cornell has also produced performances and live events with dozens of artists including Xavier Cha, Jill Magid, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Jacolby Satterwhite. In 2010, she founded the annual conference Seven on Seven. From 2002 to 2004, she served as executive director of Ocularis, a former nonprofit and microcinema in Brooklyn. Cornell has contributed to publications including Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, North Drive Press, and The Paris Review, and written for the monographic catalogues of many artists including Basim Magdy, Takeshi Murata, Trevor Paglen, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. Since 2011, she has been on the faculty at Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, and she organized their tenth anniversary exhibition, Invisible Adversaries, with Tom Eccles in 2016. 

Amalia Mesa-Bains, PhD.
Amalia Mesa-Bains is an artist and cultural critic. Her artwork—primarily interpretations of traditional Chicano altars, which have been exhibited in both national and international venues—resonates both in contemporary formal terms and in its ties to her Chicano community and history. As an author of scholarly articles and a nationally known lecturer on Chicano art, she has enhanced understanding of multiculturalism and reflected on major cultural and demographic shifts in the U.S. Throughout her cross-disciplinary career, she has worked to define a Chicano and Latino aesthetic in the U.S. and in Latin America. She has pioneered the documentation and interpretation of longstanding Chicano traditions in Mexican-American art, both through her cultural activism and through her own altar installations. As an educator and community advocate, she has served the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and on the board of directors for the San Francisco nonprofits the Galería de la Raza and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She received a BA from San Jose State College (1966), an MA from San Francisco State University (1971), and an MA (1981) and PhD (1983) in psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Among her many awards is the distinguished MacArthur Fellowship. She is professor emerita of California State University at Monterey Bay.

Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD

Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD, is a public historian and activist. She is the president of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, president and founder of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation, trustee of the Brooklyn Museum, and founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
The Sackler Center is the permanent home of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, its Feminist Art and Herstory galleries display critically acclaimed exhibitions, and its Forum is a venue for lectures and a
platform of advocacy for human rights and women’s issues. The Sackler Center celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017 with “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism,” a yearlong, museum-wide initiative of ten exhibitions. In 2012, the Sackler Center inaugurated the Sackler Center First Awards to honor women who have broken gender barriers and have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
In May 2016, Elizabeth Sackler was honored at
the New York Women’s Foundation for her lifetime of activism, which was also the subject of a 2016 New York Times Women in the World feature. Dr. Sackler received an honorary MFA from Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler papers are held by the Sophia Smith Collection, an internationally recognized women’s history archive at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

To read more about past Benefits go here

Image credits: 
Portrait of Lowery Sims at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Photo credit: Emily Johnston for Artsy 
Lauren Cornell. Photo credit: Benoit Pailley
Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD. Photo credit: Jürgen Frank


Corice Arman
Laura Kruger
Barbara Shuster 

Barbara Tober 


Barbara Tober 

Bloomberg Philanthropies  

Toby Devan Lewis
Agnes Gund
Marieluise Hessel
Angela Westwater

Tracy Freedman | Freedman Art Advisory
Eileen Harris Norton Foundation
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 

Accola Griefen Gallery
Brooke Anderson
Margaret Mathews Berenson 
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Bobbi Coller
Jeanne Collins
Lisa Dennison
Vishakha Desai 
Laura Donnelley | GoodWorks Foundation
Tiana Webb Evans

Milly Glimcher | PACE 
Merry Glosband
Carol Goldberg
Elaine Goldman 
Christina Grajales 

Donna Harkavy
Julia Herzberg
Jenny Holzer
Susie Kravets
Nanette L. Laitman
Raymond Learsy
sana Leval 
Todd Merrill 
Yvonne Pollack

Emily Rafferty
Jennifer Rissler 

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn | Salon 94
Stacey and Jonathan Satovsky | Satovsky Asset Management
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz
Cindy Sherman 

Ellen Taubman 

Sally Block Unsworth
Reginald Van Lee

Tanya Sridaromont Wells

Recipients of ArtTable's Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Marieluise Hessel 2016
Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy 2015
Marguerite Steed Hoffman 2014 
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros 2013
Patricia E. Harris 2012
Lila Harnett 2011
Yoko Ono 2010
Toby Devan Lewis 2009
Vishakha N. Desai 2008
Emily K. Rafferty 2007
Elizabeth A. Sackler 2006
Elizabeth C. Baker 2004
Linda Nochlin 2003
Iris Cantor 2002
Paula Cooper 2001
Marcia Tucker 2000
Lucy Lippard 1999
Stephanie French 1998
Joan Mondale 1997
Dianne Pilgrim 1996
Emily Rauh Pulitzer 1995
Agnes Gund 1994
Kitty Carlisle Hart 1993