On Saturday, October 26, the 15th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction raised $5 million in artworks, luxury and fashion goods and experiences sold with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Close to 500 people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by noted art patron and longtime TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art supporter, Christen Wilson, and hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home, The Rachofsky House.
“By raising $5 million, this landmark year is a testament to the continued support for AIDS research at amfAR,” said Howard Rachofsky. “This event would not be possible without the generosity of the renowned artists, gallerists and event patrons who have helped us raise $45 million over the past 15 years.”
The fundraising total was announced this morning by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art host Howard Rachofsky at a private brunch hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The brunch event was held at The Warehouse, a private art storage facility, owned by Howard Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer, which includes an extensive library, and 18,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Dallas Museum of Art Senior Curator of Special Projects & Research, Jeffrey Grove, addressed the group of invited guests and introduced Kevin Frost, amfAR CEO, who presented artist Luc Tuymans with amfAR’s 2013 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.
The Saturday evening event was designed by Todd Fiscus of Todd Events, who selected the Polish company, Freedomes, to create the largest Freedome ever installed in the United States. The 7,000-square-foot geodesic dome stood at 48 feet tall in the center and seated the gala guests, safe and dry while an unusually hard Dallas rain storm dropped over one and a half inches of rain.
The gala night included cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction conducted by Jamie Niven, Chairman, Sotheby’s, North and South America. The evening began with a videotaped thank you to the sponsors humorously presented by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art supporter, actor and international star Alan Cumming. Throughout the evening, congratulatory videos from past celebrity guests and honored artists including Mark Grotjahn, Dita Von Teese, Sharon Stone, Jim Hodges, Joel Shapiro and Tom Friedman played on the sides of the geodesic dome, offering best wishes for a successful fifteen years of amazing fundraising for the two important organizations.
Kevin Frost, amfAR CEO, presented the President of Kiehl’s Since 1851, Chris Salgardo, with the 2013 amfAR Leadership Award for his longtime commitment, both personally and professionally, to amfAR, its programs and mission. It was a heartfelt presentation as both are close friends and have been committed to raising funds and awareness for the mission of amfAR.
There were 142 works of art offered in the live and silent auctions this year. Artworks by 2013 amfAR honoree Luc Tuymans as well as Israel Lund, Rosemarie Trockel, Garth Weiser and Ugo Rondinone among others were sold during the live auction.
In addition to the live and silent auctions at Saturday night’s gala, the evening’s highlight was a special performance by superstar and multi Grammy® Award Winner Gladys Knight.
The annual black-tie gala, part of a week-long series of events, is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised $45 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.
VIPs and Sponsors in attendance were:
- Cindy and Howard Rachofsky – TWO x TWO hosts
- Luc Tuymans – TWO x TWO 2013 Honoree Artist
- Jesse Metcalfe – Actor, Emcee – TWO x TWO 2013
- Gladys Knight – multi Grammy award winner and featured performer
- Gilles Marini, actor, amfAR supporter
- Melissa Meeks Ireland – TWO x TWO director
- Maxwell Anderson – DMA Director
- Kevin Frost – amfAR CEO
- Christen and Derek Wilson – TWO x TWO Gala Chair (Christen Wilson)
- Andrew Lipman and Michael Patrick – Presenting Sponsor – AUDI
- Platinum Sponsors
- Pamela Baxter – President, Christian Dior Couture
- Jamie Niven – Chairman, Sotheby’s and TWO x TWO 2013 Auctioneer
- Nancy C. Rogers – Philanthropist
- Deedie Rose – Philanthropist
- Chris Salgardo – President, Kiehl’s Since 1851 and 2013 amfAR Leadership Award recipient
- Jennifer and John Eagle – Aston Martin
- Jim Gold – President, Specialty Retail, The Neiman Marcus Group
- Peggy Lanigan – Dom Pérignon
- Stephanie and John Roberts – John Roberts BMW
Donors / Celebrities
- Adam Abdalla
- Nasiba Adilova – editor, buro247
- China Chow – actress and model
- Tina Craig – fashion blogger
- Domenico de Sole – Chairman, Tom Ford International
- Claire Distenfeld – founder, boutique, Fivestory (NYC)
- Bettina Santo Domingo
- Federica Fanari
- Noor Fares– jewelry designer, auction donor
- Sabine Ghanem – jewelry designer
- Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson – CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum
- Mary Katrantzou – fashion designer
- Thomas Keller and Laura Cunningham – noted restaurateur (Thomas K)
- Lily Kwong
- Derek Lam – fashion designer
- Eugenie Niarchos – jewelry designer, auction donor
- Edgardo Osorio – shoe designer, Aquazzura
- Kira Plastinina – fashion designer
- Natalya Poniatowski
- Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld – art dealer
- Marissa Sackler
- Cara Santana – fiancée of Jesse Metcalfe
- Jenke-Ahmed Tailly – Beyoncé’s creative director
- Diane von Furstenberg – fashion designer
- Kathryn Andrews
- Carla Arocha – also Luc Tuymans’ wife
- Walead Beshty
- Troy Brauntuch
- Nathan Carter
- Trenton Doyle Hancock
- Tony Horton
- Elliot Hundley
- Nathan Hylden
- Alex Israel
- Alexander Kroll
- Conrad Leach
- Emilio Perez
- Stephane Schraenen
- Ken Solomon
- Quinn Tivey – Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson, amfAR supporter
Top Dealers / Gallerists
- Josee Bienvenu
- Tim Blum
- Stephen Friedman
- Benedicte Goesaert
- David Maupin
- Jessica Silverman
The week-long festivities leading up to the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Gala included the First Look party on Thursday, October 24 presented by MICHELE Watches. The circus themed event was led by Ringmaster Todd Fiscus of TODD Events with the ever-popular, animated DJ Lucy Wrubel providing the soundtrack for the evening. Guests strolled around the pool behind The Rachofsky House, while enjoying circus-themed games such as the Belvedere Ring Toss, Sprinkles Beanbag Throw, a Steve Wrubel-created photo booth and “Shoutz: Shake and Win” a mobile device game with prizes donated from Forty Five Ten, Avant Garden, Audi of America, Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Moët Hennessy.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, a tribute wall comprised of black and white photographs from the past 15 years of the event was on display. Created by Todd Fiscus and Cindy Rachofsky, the collection of photographs showcased the iconic fashions and faces, gala chairs and VIP guests seen at TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art over the past 15 years.
Over the years, previous VIP celebrity guests at TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art 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, Patti LaBelle, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jesse Metcalfe, Gilles Marini and Gladys Knight.
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, Richard Phillips and Luc Tuymans have been honored over the past 15 years of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art.
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 $45 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 2,000 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