25th Annual Benefit & Award Ceremony


 
Honoring 
Marian Goodman
Legendary Gallerist 
with the
2018 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award

Presented by

Julie Mehretu
Artist

Also recognizing

Naima J. Keith
Deputy Director and Chief Curator,
California African American Museum
with the
2018 New Leadership Award

Keynote address 

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Director Emerita,
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
President Emerita,
Spelman College and Bennett Colle
ge
 
 

Marian Goodman
Marian Goodman’s stellar career began in 1965 as the founder of Multiples, Inc., which published prints, multiples, and books by leading American artists, such as Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol. Later, from 1968 to 1975, Multiples worked with European artists, introducing early editions by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Palermo, and Gerhard Richter to American audiences.

In 1974, after starting to work closely with Broodthaers, Goodman tried to find a gallery to represent him in New York. But with America’s knowledge of contemporary European art scant at this time due to a lack of travel, exposure, and exchange of information, she was unsuccessful so, in late 1977, she decided to open a gallery of her own to show Broodthaers’ work alongside that of other European artists.

For forty years, Marian Goodman Gallery has played an important role in introducing European artists to American audiences and helping to establish a vital dialogue among artists and institutions working internationally. In 1995, the gallery expanded to include an exhibition space in Paris and in 2014 an exhibition space in London. The gallery has exhibited artists who are leaders of their generation: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Giovanni Anselmo, John Baldessari, Nairy Baghramian, Lothar Baumgarten, Dara Birnbaum, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Maurizio Cattelan, James Coleman, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Rineke Dijkstra, Yang Fudong, Dan Graham, Pierre Huyghe, Cristina Iglesias, William Kentridge, Steve McQueen, Annette Messager, Juan Muñoz, Gabriel Orozco, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Gerhard Richter, Anri Sala, Thomas Schütte, Thomas Struth, Niele Toroni, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Adrian Villar Rojas, Danh Vo, and Francesca Woodman.

Marian Goodman is renowned for her longstanding, close relationships with her artists. She is one of the most respected contemporary gallerists, known for her taste, high standards, and loyalty to her artists.

 
Julie Mehretu 
Julie Mehretu is an artist who transforms her canvases into visually spectacular excavations of multiple epochs and locales. As a foundation and point of departure for her work, she depicts public spaces from around the globemuseums, stadiums, and international airportsin the form of heroically-scaled maps and architectural plans. On surfaces encased in coats of transparent resin, she paints over these sprawling drawings a maelstrom of colorful, geometric abstractions, iconic imagery, and loosely figurative markings that evoke a world of associations. By layering multiple pictorial planes, she creates the illusion of movement, of elements advancing and receding at dizzying speeds within graphically stunning, timeless space. In so doing, Mehretu creates abstract paintings that grant viewers a dazzling glimpse of history’s vicissitudes.
 
Julie Mehretu studied at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal (199091), and received a BA from Kalamazoo College in Michigan (1992) , and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1997). She was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (199899), The Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002). Her works have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Mehretu lives and works in New York City.



Naima J. Keith

Naima J. Keith is a curator deeply committed to producing timely exhibitions, advocating for artists and institutions, thinking critically, and developing ideas that are central to our time. Through her work with the Hammer Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and now the California African American Museum, she has come to understand that institutions can evolve to engage more broadly with the multiple, often competing histories that make us who we are. She is dedicated to creating exhibitions that open up dialogues and create spaces in which to see artists as important thinkers, and to see artworks as a way to understand not only art history, but also cultural history. Keith is committed to doing this work, deepening our knowledge of contemporary art of the African Diaspora, and securing its place in the canons of modern and contemporary art.
 
Currently, deputy director and chief curator at the California African American Museum (CAAM), Naima J. Keith was brought into the newly created position in early 2016 to guide the curatorial and education departments as well as marketing and communications. With waning attendance and low community awareness, Keith restructured the exhibition schedule, redirected the museum’s curatorial focus, initiated an aggressive marketing and social media outreach campaign, modernized the museum’s communications strategy, and engaged the community to create greater awareness for the respected institution. Beyond her management responsibilities, Keith has also curated several shows, including Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space (2016), Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses (2016), and Kenyatta Hinkle: The Evanesced (2017). A native of California herself, Keith holds a personal connection to CAAM as well, having returned to the museum that was a central part of her arts education as a child.


Johnnetta Betsch Cole, PhD

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole is a principal consultant with Cook Ross, Inc., a consulting firm that provides solutions to organizations in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, leadership development, and organizational change management. Before assuming her current position, she served for eight years as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
 
Cole received a PhD in anthropology with a specialization in African Studies from Northwestern University. After holding teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several colleges and universities, she served as the president of the two historically black colleges for women in the United StatesSpelman College and Bennett Collegea distinction she alone holds. She has authored or edited several books and numerous articles for scholarly and general audiences.
 
Cole was the first African American to serve as the chair of the board of the United Way of America. She formerly served on the corporate boards of Home Depot, Merck, and Nation’s Bank South, and was the first woman to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises.  She currently serves on the board of Martha’s Table, an organization in Washington, DC, that provides support for children, families, and communities. From 2015 to 2016, she was the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. She currently co-chairs the American Alliance of Museum’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 
Dr. Cole has received numerous awards and is the recipient of 68 honorary degrees.  Throughout her career, and in her published work, speeches, and community service, she consistently addresses issues of racial, gender, and all other systems of inequality.

 

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IMAGE CREDITS
Marian Goodman, photocredit Thomas Struth
Julie Mehretu 
Naima J. Keith
Dr. Johnnetta Cole. Franko Khoury/National Museum of African Art Smithsonian 


 
HONORARY BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS
Laura Skoler
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz


DIAMOND SUPPORTERS
Marian Goodman Gallery

GOLD SUPPORTERS
Bloomberg Philanthropies 
Marieluise Hessel


BRONZE SUPPORTERS
Carol Goldberg
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation


LEADERSHIP SUPPORTERS
Kathan Brown
Jeanne Collins
Alissa Friedman
Milly Glimcher
Thelma Golden
Rachel Carr Goulding
Donna Harkavy 
Julia P. Herzberg
Jenny Holzer
Alexis Johnson
Tina Kim
Manuela Mozo

Brooke Kamin Rapaport
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
Cindy Sherman
Ann Schaffer
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz

Lowery Stokes Sims
Ellen Taubman
Barbara Tober
Barbara Toll 
Tanya Sridaromont Wells

BENEFACTOR SUPPORTERS
Kristine Bell
Katherine Wilson-Milne 

MATON | PATRON SUPPORTERS
Catherine Behrend
Manuela Paz
Betsy Pinover Schiff 

MEDIA SPONSOR 
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Recipients of ArtTable's Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Lowery Stokes Sims 2017
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