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TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Announces Performance by Gladys Knight

Seven-time Grammy Award-Winner Gladys Knight at TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art

Seven-time Grammy Award-Winner Gladys Knight at TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, have confirmed that seven-time GRAMMY Award®-winner Gladys Knight will perform at the 15th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art fundraising event which is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House.

Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. Gladys Knight has earned number one hits in Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

A humanitarian and philanthropist, Knight is devoted to various worthy causes, including the American Diabetes Association, for which she is a national spokesperson, the American Cancer Society, the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Minority AIDS Project, amfAR and Crisis Intervention. She has been honored by numerous organizations as well, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and B’Nai Brith, among others.

Since its inception over fourteen years ago, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art (twoxtwo.org) has raised more than $40 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.

To date, over 150 exceptional works of art have been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art with proceeds from TWO x TWO. This reinvestment strategy creates a synergistic partnership designed to benefit all associated with the event.

Noted art patron and longtime TWO x TWO supporter, Christen Wilson, has accepted the position of Chairman for the October 26 gala and auction. Artist Luc Tuymans has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 amfAR Award for Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS and Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s Since 1851, as the amfAR Leadership Award recipient.

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 400 guests with both a live and silent auction of major works of contemporary art and unique luxury items.

Jamie Niven, Chairman, Sotheby’s, North and South America, will once again return as the auctioneer for the live part of the auction during the gala.

The Rachofsky House is also open for guest tours of the TWO x TWO exhibition during the two weeks leading up to the gala.  During these two weeks of public and private guest tours, preview parties and events, over 1,500 people will visit the Rachofsky House.

All sponsors and donated lots are featured in super hard copy catalogues, which feature the artist and gallery websites, and which are sent to collectors around the globe for absentee bidding.

Georgia-born, Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church and sang as a guest soloist with the Morris Brown College Choir. Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest, formed The Pips. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group and were replaced by Cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.

In addition to dozens of live performances throughout the year, Knight currently stars in the syndicated sitcom “The First Family,” on BET/CENTRIC, where she plays the mother of the President. This fall, Knight will lend her musical expertise again for the second season of CENTRIC’s original series “Apollo Live.” Joining judges Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins, the legendary songstress will give guidance to hopeful contestants each week. She is also currently developing several other television projects.

Other recent television and film credits include the Tyler Perry film “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” a cameo on the Emmy Award-winning NBC hit comedy “30 Rock,” the holiday-themed “Holidaze,” her first animated project to which she also contributed a track, among others. Knight also appeared as a guest judge on FOX’s smash hit “American Idol,” and performed in the show’s always star-studded finale.

Today, Knight helps oversee her busy personal entertainment corporation. She is a mother, great-grandmother, performer and a businesswoman with a spiritual outlook on life. Faith in God has been the driving force behind all of Knight’s endeavors, guiding her through her many successes.

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, Gavin Rossdale, Alan Cumming, Cheyenne Jackson and Patti LaBelle.

Renowned artists Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, April Gornik, Joel Shapiro, Cecily Brown, Tom Friedman, Elizabeth Peyton, Jim Hodges, Peter Doig, Christopher Wool, Mark Grotjahn and Richard Phillips have been honored.

National and international sponsors have partnered with TWO x TWO over the years.  Currently, the list of sponsors for the 15th anniversary weekend includes:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Audi of America
  • Platinum Sponsors:  Dior, Sotheby’s, Kiehl’s Since 1851
  • Gold Sponsors: Alexander McQueen, Aston Martin of Dallas, AT&T, Chubb Personal Insurance, Dom Perignon, Michele by Fossil, Moët Hennessy USA, Neiman Marcus, Stephanie and John Roberts, Todd Events, Tom Ford, U.S. Trust, U.S. Risk.

Prior to the gala and auction dinner on October 26, there will be several distinctive and exciting events which are part of the 2013 TWO x TWO schedule:

Monday, September 23, 2013
New York Preview of TWO x TWO auction highlights
Sponsored by Sotheby’s
By invitation only
Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY

Thursday, October 24, 2013
FIRST LOOK: A Preview Party and Fundraiser
Sponsored by Michele by Fossil
Food by Lombardi Family Catering
Sips by Belvedere
Tickets $500 each; available at www.twoxtwo.org/First-Look
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sunday Brunch and Award Presentation
Presented by U.S. Trust
Honoring Luc Tuymans, Recipient of amfAR’s 2013 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS
Hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
11:00 a.m.  Brunch and award presentation
By invitation only
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Warehouse, Dallas, Texas

For more information, please visit www.twoxtwo.org.

About TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art

Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised more than $40 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.

TWO x TWO FOR AIDS AND ART BENEFICIARIES

amfAR, founded in 1985, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested over $366 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,200 research teams worldwide. TWO x TWO is amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States. www.amfar.org

The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 26,000 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.

Proceeds from TWO x TWO support the DMA’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund and exhibitions and have been used to purchase over 150 major works of contemporary art for the museum over the last thirteen years.

The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the Dallas Arts District and 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.  The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. www.dallasmuseumofart.org

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