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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

Emily Kernan Rafferty
President Emerita,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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 curated the 2015 New Museum Triennial Surround Audience with the artist Ryan Trecartin and other exhibitions including Beatriz Santiago Munoz: Song, Strategy, Sign (with Johanna Burton and Sara O’Keeffe), Walking, Drifting, Dragging (2013), Free (2010) and Younger than Jesus (2009) (with Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman)At the New Museum, Cornell has organized over eighty performances, screenings and conversations and commissioned over one hundred works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, installation, video, as well as browser-based work and virtual reality.  In 2010, she founded the annual conference Seven on Seven and, in 2016, she cofounded Open Score, an annual forum exploring issues in art and technology. From 2005-2012, she served as executive director of Rhizome, an organization that commissions, exhibits and preserves art engaged with technology. From 2002-2004, she served as executive director of Ocularis, a former cinema in Brooklyn. In 2015, she coedited Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (New Museum and MIT Press) with Ed Halter. She has contributed to publications including ArtReview, Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, North Drive Press and The Paris Review. Since 2013, she has been on the faculty at Bard Center for Curatorial Studies. In 2016, she curated the Hessel Museum’s tenth anniversary exhibition
Invisible Adversaries, with Tom Eccles.

Emily Kernan Rafferty

Emily Kernan Rafferty, president emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, served for 40 years at the Museum, as chief of institutional advancement, senior vice president of external affairs, and as president from 2005 to 2015. As president, she was the Museum’s chief administrative officer, supervising a staff of some 2,000 full- and part-time employees and volunteers. Ms. Rafferty’s global experience in some 50 countries on behalf of the Museum included interactions and negotiations with many senior world leaders. In the U.S., she worked with government and private-sector officials on initiatives involving funding, marketing, and multiple cultural issues.

Ms. Rafferty currently serves as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank (Chair, 2012-2016); Chair of NYC & Company (the city’s tourism, marketing, and partnering organization); Board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; senior adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO; Board member of PJT Partners; and served as an advisory board member of the eight women Bipartisan Congressional Commission for The American Museum of Women’s History in D.C. (May 2015-December 2016), and continues as an advisor to the project.

As principal of Emily K. Rafferty & Associates, she consults for many organizations, including Russell Reynolds Associates in the firm’s nonprofit practice and The Shed, a performing arts center under construction in Hudson Yards. She is an advisory director to Carnegie Hall, a member of the advisory council of the American University of Beirut, and also a member of the Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Rafferty is a frequent speaker on non-profit and board management, fundraising, and cultural heritage and conservation, and has long been actively affiliated with a number of arts and inter-museum organizations. The recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Rafferty was named by Crain’s New York Business one of New York City’s 100 most influential women from 2009 through 2013, and in Fall 2015 she was elected to their Hall of Fame. In 2012, she received the New York University Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City.


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.

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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  

Agnes Gund
Marieluise Hessel

Toby Devan Lewis
Angela Westwater

Corice Arman

Diane & Robert Cornell
Tracy Freedman | Freedman Art Advisory
Eileen Harris Norton Foundation
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 
Rodney M. Miller 

Accola Griefen Gallery
Brooke Davis Anderson 

Roland Augustine
Cathie Behrend

Margaret Mathews Berenson 
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Bobbi Coller

Jeanne Collins
Paula Cooper
Lisa Dennison
Vishakha Desai 
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Laura Donnelley | GoodWorks Foundation
Linda Anne Downs
Tiana Webb Evans
Alissa Friedman

Milly Glimcher | PACE 
Merry Glosband
Carol Goldberg
Thelma Golden
Elaine Goldman 
Cristina Grajales 
Nohra Haime

Donna Harkavy
Deborah Harris
Julia Herzberg
Jenny Holzer
Tina Kim
Mary Lynn Kotz
Susie Kravets
Nanette L. Laitman
Mihail Lari & Scott Murray 
Raymond Learsy
sana Leval 
Lawrence Luhring
Sheila McDaniel
Todd Merrill 
Bridget Moore

Yvonne Pollack

Emily K. Rafferty
Jennifer Rissler 

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Pamela Sanders

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