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Co-Chairs and Honored Artists Announced for 2011 Two x Two for AIDS and Art

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art have announced the chairs and the honored artist for the 13th annual event scheduled for October 2011. For the first time, there will be a trio of co-chairs:

  • Joyce Goss, art patron and executive director, The Goss-Michael Foundation
  • Dr. Gary Tigges, MD, longtime amfAR supporter and art patron
  • John Benjamin Hickey, actor (currently on Showtime, “the Big C”) and Plano, Texas, native. This is the second visit to the event by Mr. Hickey; he attended TWO by TWO in 2006 as the escort to the late actress Natasha Richardson.

“Last year’s event marked a new milestone in fundraising for TWO by TWO. We thought an all-star combination of three amazing people would help to ensure another record-breaking night,” said Cindy Rachofsky.

It was also announced that artist and California native Mark Grotjahn will be the recipient of amfAR’s 2011 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS at the 13th annual event scheduled to be held in October 2011.

Grotjahn lives and works in Los Angeles. The Californian artist has a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.F.A from the University of California at Berkeley, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. In 2010, he has had one-person exhibitions at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore., and Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.

Previous one-person exhibitions have been at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Gagosian in London and New York among others. Along with many group shows, his work has also been featured in public collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $29 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Drawing prominent artists, art collectors and philanthropists from around the world, the annual black-tie gala is part of a week-long series of events. It is the largest U.S. fundraiser for both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. An eagerly anticipated event that quickly sells out, the gala benefit features a seated dinner for 450 guests with both a live and silent auction of major works of contemporary art and unique luxury items.

Over the years, previous VIP celebrity guests at TWO x TWO events have included Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Natasha Richardson, John Benjamin Hickey, Taylor Dayne, Dita Von Teese, Stanley Tucci, Harry Belafonte, Gavin Rossdale, Christian Siriano, Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson. Renowned artists Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, April Gornik, Joel Shapiro, Cecily Brown, Tom Friedman, Elizabeth Peyton, Jim Hodges, Peter Doig, and Christopher Wool have been honored.

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Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $29 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art and is recognized as one of the top events in Dallas.


amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $325 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. Visit

The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia, and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art.

The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the growing Dallas Arts District and, in all its vitality, serves as a cultural magnet for the city with diverse programming ranging from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations. The Museum serves more than one-half million visitors a year and offers more than 3,500 education and public programs annually designed to engage people of all ages with the power and excitement of art. Visit

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