On Monday, October 30, 2017, The Studio Museum in Harlem welcomed close to 800 artists, cultural leaders, civic leaders, business leaders and philanthropists to its annual Gala, which this year honored Sir David Adjaye OBE, the lead designer of the Museum’s new home, which is scheduled to break ground in late Fall 2018.
Co-chaired by Studio Museum Trustees Jacqueline L. Bradley, Kathryn C. Chenault, Carol Sutton Lewis, and Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi, the evening began with a cocktail hour at the Museum of American Finance. The evening’s formal program at Cipriani Wall Street opened with remarks by the co-chairs and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, and included the presentation of the twelfth annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to Simone Leigh, a 2010–11 participant in the Museum’s signature Artist-in-Residence program.
Honoree Sir David Adjaye OBE, Principal, Adjaye Associates, spoke about being inspired by J. Max Bond Jr., the architect of the Studio Museum’s 1982 renovation. Raymond J. McGuire, Chairman of the Board, closed the program with moving remarks about the Museum’s history and bright future before guests took to the dance floor!
The event raised over $2.3 million in support of the Museum’s annual operating costs, including inHarlem, a set of innovative and collaborative programs throughout the neighborhood that will ramp up in 2018 to create a “museum without walls” during the construction period.
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