The 2016 Guggenheim International Gala and pre-party took place on the evenings of November 16th and 17th at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The two evening celebration, sponsored by Dior, honored collection artists Tauba Auerbach, Tacita Dean, Leslie Hewitt, Sarah Morris, Laurie Simmons, Taryn Simon and the memory of Agnes Martin. The Guggenheim International Gala is one of New York City’s signature benefits and the museum’s prominent annual fundraising event. The dual night benefit raised two million dollars in support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and will advance a range of internationally acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs as well as provide stewardship for the Guggenheim’s collection.
On November 16th, approximately six-hundred guests enjoyed the musical performances by BANKS and DJ Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem at the Pre-Party. BANKS has been featured in The Untitled Magazine #GirlPower Issue. The Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party is hosted by the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council. Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council is made up of professionals ages 21–40 are continuing their understanding of contemporary art. Members work with Guggenheim curators to enhance their understanding of contemporary artists and prominent art figures. Attendees to the Pre-Party included event co-chairs Ahmar M. Ahmad, Noreen K. Ahmad, Alexandra Economou, Josh Elkes, Anne Huntington, Jade Ong, Victoria Stockman, and Jennifer Ty among many others.
The following evening, guests were treated to a benefit dinner and the musical work of John Zorn. Zorn used this amazing opportunity to presented his first performance of his new score based upon the work of the late Agnes Martin. Attendees of the benefit dinner included Richard Armstrong, Jennifer Stockman, Sidney Toledano, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Christina Baker, Robert C. Baker, Valerie Diker, Charles Diker, Phyllis Mack, William Mack, Denise Saul, Andrew Saul, Cindy Chua-Tay, Liam Tay, Tauba Auerbach, Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Carroll Dunham, Leslie Hewitt, Rashid Johnson, Nate Lowman, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Morris, Matthew Saunders, Park SeoBo, Laurie Simmons, Taryn Simon, Richard Tuttle, and Danh Vo.
Photography by BFA, Courtesy of The Guggenheim.