Art21 Spring Gala

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
6–10 PM


SECOND at Kimpton Hotel Eventi
849 6th Avenue
New York City


Art21, the world’s leading source to learn directly from the artists of our time, is hosting its biennial Spring Gala on April 30, 2024. The mission of Art21 is to educate and expand access to contemporary art through the production of documentary films, resources, and public programs. The vision of Art21 is to inspire a more creative and inclusive world through the works and words of contemporary artists.


Celebrate with us!


Honoring David Howe, Amy Sherald, and Hiroshi Sugimoto 
David Howe

Artist, entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist David Howe has been a part of Art21 since 2003, acting as Board Chair of Art21 for 16 years until 2021. Howe’s multimedia artistic practices investigate hierarchies and relationships of power and are concerned with the conflicting human needs for both freedom and stability. Through photography, video, painting, sculpture, and installations, his conceptual work deals with humankind’s never-ending oscillation between open and closed systems.

Amy Sherald

Featured in the 11th Season of Art in the Twenty-First Century (2023), Amy Sherald documents the contemporary African American experience in the United States through arresting, intimate portraits. Sherald engages with the history of photography and portraiture, inviting viewers to participate in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation in order to situate Black life in American art.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto was featured in Season 3 of Art in the Twenty-First Century (2005) and “Cabinet of Curiosities” an Extended Play film (2011). The Japanese artist and architect explores history and temporal existence by investigating themes of time, empiricism, and metaphysics. Grounded in technical mastery of the classical photographic tradition, he examines the ways photography can record traces of invisible but elemental forces.


Anne Bevis Detwiler
Hedy Fischer
Andrea Glimcher
Ryan Gates
Barbara Gundlach
Louise Eliasof
Erica Samuels
Jasmin Tsou
Migs Wright

Host Committee
Daniel and Samantha Becker
Lawrence Benenson
Natan and Jessica Bibliowicz
Fred and Laura Clarke
James and Jane Cohan
James Deutsch
Mark Dorfman
Olivia W. Douglas
Louise Eliasof
Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull
Bill and Christy Gautreaux
Dolly and Jack Geary
Hannah Gottlieb-Graham
Susan Dowling Griffiths
Agnes Gund
Susan Harris
Hauser & Wirth
Jon Kamen
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Hiroko Onoda
Will Palley
Marquita Pool-Eckert
Carolyn Ramo
Jack Shainman
Larry Turner and JoAnn Powers
Susanne Vielmetter
Frank Williams & Keris Salmon
Debi Wish
Christine Zehner


Auctioning Three Unique Artist Experiences
During the event, Art21 will auction three one-of-a-kind experiences generously donated by artists Guadalupe Maravilla, Drake Carr, and Aliza Nisenbaum. Funds raised from the auction will directly support Art21’s mission, films, programs, and digital content.

Sound Bath with Guadalupe Maravilla
Experience the healing power of sound in a private sound bath guided by Guadalupe’s unique artistic perspective. Guadalupe will create a customized sound experience for you and 6 of your friends tailored for healing, mindfulness, and inner harmony.

Custom Portrait by Drake Carr
Known for his skill in capturing the essence of individuals through the mark of his pen, pencil, or brush, Drake will work closely with you to create a timeless and personalized portrait.

Private Painting Class with Aliza Nisenbaum
Enjoy an exclusive, intimate painting class with Aliza Nisanbaum. Known for her vibrant and socially engaged works, Aliza will guide you and a friend through the creative process, sharing insights into her techniques and artistic vision.


Show Your Support!
Unable to Attend? Consider supporting Art21 today.
Your tax-deductible donation will ensure the continued production of Art21 films, educational and public programs, and digital content. All of which aim to bring more artists to more audiences worldwide.

$10,000 – Film Production Underwriter
Become a vital sponsor of Art21’s film productions, and support includes on-screen credit on film. Your support enables the filming of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, both in the US and abroad, for a full day of production. With your generosity, you make possible the creation of films that delve into the lives and works of contemporary artists, shaping the cultural landscape through visual storytelling.


$5,000 – Education Initiatives Sponsor
Your contribution fuels programs such as the incomparable Educators Program, workshops for educators teaching contemporary art, educator guides, articles on contemporary art, and engaging public programs designed for diverse audiences. As a supporter, you actively contribute to shaping the future of art education.


$1,000 – Audience Accessibility and Engagement Supporter
Support ensures the preservation of Art21’s invaluable archive, facilitates accessibility upgrades on, and enables the addition of audio descriptions to films, the translation of films into new languages. Support at this level enables us to serve targeted audiences such as senior communities, and incarcerated communities.


$500 – Digital Initiatives Backer
Supports the creation of engaging social media content, artist takeovers, READ articles, and enriches the Explore platform with curated playlists. By supporting online content creation, you play a pivotal role in fostering a global community through digital platforms.