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On October 21, 2019, Independent Curators International (ICI) celebrated forty-four years of curatorial excellence and innovation with its annual Benefit & Auction, honoring Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Both the silent and live auctions were successful, bringing in $500,000, which will go towards ICI’s ongoing programs in contemporary art around the globe. ICI partnered with Artsy for both of the auctions.

Co-chair Carlos Basualdo presented the Leo Award to Rebaudengo. This award recognizes those who are highly dedicated to promoting contemporary art. Alex Logsdail and Sarina Tang were other co-chairs. Notable guests included artist Rashid Johnson, who toasted ICI’s previous executive director and head of MoMA PS1 Kate Fowle, Agnes Gund, head curator of the Guggenheim Nancy Spector, photographer Bob Colacello, head of the New Museum Lisa Phillips, as well as Whitney curator Scott Rothkopf among many others.

Following cocktails and dinner, art by Robert Mapplethorpe, Mira Dancy, Paul Pfeiffer, Amoako Boafo, and many more celebrated artists was auctioned off. The bidding began on Artsy on October 9th and ended the night of the 21st. The evening was a great success enjoyed by all.

View a gallery of photos from the event above.

Rashid Johnson, Sheree Hovsepian

Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice, build essential infrastructures and institutions, and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations and social, political, and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.

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