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Aperture Celebrates MUSE at its 2019 Gala

On June 3, at its annual fundraising Gala, Aperture Foundation celebrated MUSE, the ideas and people that inspire us in photography, and honorees The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Mickalene Thomas, and Racquel Chevremont. The event was sponsored by Barrett Barrera Projects, Christie’s, Foto Care, and Ingram Content Group.

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Zachary Tye Richardson, honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gala honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas at table underwritten by Susan Barrett, Barrett Barrera Projects Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Dario Kelis, Antwaun Sargent Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Kelly Peck with sponsor Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Aperture executive director, Chris Boot with Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gina Gershon, Ben Sinclair Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Chris Boot with Aperture trustee Missy O'Shaughnessy and Jim O'Shaughnessy Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Honoree Michael Ward Stout of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation with Joan Berkowitz Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard, Aperture trustee Tom Schiff, and Mary Ellen Goeke Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Deborah Willis, Hank Thomas Sr. Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Steven Leber, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Bonnie Lautenberg Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard, Aperture trustee Tom Schiff and guests Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Melonie Bennett, Judy Lauder, Leah Zimmerman, Alice Momm Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti with Kathy Ryan Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Guest with Aperture trustee Michael Hoeh Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Stefano Tonchi Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Mickalene Thomas with DIOR Lady Art #3 Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Artists Matthew Porter and Hannah Whitaker Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Shiona Turini, honoree Racquel Chevremont, Zachary Tye Richardson Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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William Kahane, Annie Sandler Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Aperture trustee Stuart Cooper, Becky Besson Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Alima Lee Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Alan and Louise Weil Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Eliza Soros, Melissa Schiff Soros Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Mariane Abraham, Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane, Lina Iris Viktor, Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Antwaun Sargent, Ethan James Green Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Mayfield Brooks, Zachary Tye Richardson Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Gala guests Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Guest with Amelia Critzer, Lori Grover, Liz Grover Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gala cohost Tilda Swinton Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Lauren Fern, Ron Hartleben Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Guests viewing auction artworkSansho Scott/BFA.com

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Ian Wardropper, Elizabeth Stribling, Guy RobinsonSansho Scott/BFA.com

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Honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Christie's auctioneer Robbie Gordy Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Aperture trustee Elaine Goldman, Kendall Messick, Diane Ackerman Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gala cohost Cathy Kaplan with honoree Michael Ward Stout Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Stewart Shining, Burt Lipsky Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Aperture director Chris Boot, honoree Mickalene Thomas Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Alida Latham, Aperture executive director Chris Boot Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Andrew Wingert, Yancey Richardson, Annie Armstrong Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Sheree Hovsepian, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shari Loeffler Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Guest with Aperture trustees Allan Chapin and Cathy Kaplan, Anna Nilsson Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gala performer Rhonda Ross, Barbara Stehle, honoree Mickalene Thomas Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Glitter Fluide application on guest Sheree Hovsepian Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gala cohosts Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Mary Ellen Goeke, Katherine Siegwarth, Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini, Zachary Tye Richardson Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Lina Iris Viktor, Mariane Ibrahim, Eva Therond Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Stephen Shea, Stewart Shining Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Sponsor Darius Himes of Christie's Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Rhonda Ross, Honey + Vinyl Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie's Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Gala cohost Cathy Kaplan with honoree Michael Ward Stout Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Rhonda Ross Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Shiona Turini, Zachary Tye Richardson Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Akima Sane, Anaka 444 Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Terrence Eldrige, Rhonda Ross Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Ian Wardropper, Aperture trustee Sarah McNear, Jeff Rosenheim Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Annika Zee, Anika Larsen Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Shiona Turini, honoree Racquel Chevremont, Zachary Tye Richardson Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Nina Chanel Abney, Jet Black Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Kelly Peck with sponsor Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Logan Jackson, Carly Mark Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Aperture trustee Jessica Nagle with DIOR Lady Art #3 Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Guest with Silvina Sterin Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Peter Kayafas Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Leslie Simitch, Stewart Shining Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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William Kahane with Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Casey and Lauren Weyand Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Shira White Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Lavon Kellner Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Stewart Shining, Christina Burns Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Chris Boot, Rhonda Ross, Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Tony White, Aperture executive director Chris Boot Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Rhonda Ross Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Cathy Kaplan and honoree Michael Ward Stout Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Zachary Tye Richardson, honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Honoree Mickalene Thomas, Lola West Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Aperture trustees Cathy Kaplan and Jessica Nagle Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Dan Fethke, Alex Rapport Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Gala cohost Cathy Kaplan Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Nicole Chapoteau, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Honrees Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Lesley Martin, Aperture trustees Andrew Lewin and Elizabeth Kahane, William Kahane Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Dan Allentuck, Susanna Singer, and Aperture trustees Cathy Kaplan and Willard Taylor Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Darius Himes of Christie's with Aperture trustee Jessica Nagle Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Daniel Milder, Barbara Stehlé Sansho Scott/BFA.com

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Sheree Hovsepian, Shari Loeffler Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

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Aperture trustee Willard Taylor, Ian Wardropper Sansho Scott/BFA.com

Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Elizabeth Ann Kahane, Cathy M. Kaplan, and Tilda Swinton were this year’s Gala cohosts. Swinton, who greeted guests in an introductory video, thanked the honorees, and Aperture. “Viva Aperture forever,” she stated. “May we all continue to know what an oasis of sanity and culture it is.”

Robert Mapplethorpe is one of photography’s great muses, whose legacy continues to echo through the art of photography, and in the work of many artists. Under the expert guidance of Mapplethorpe’s friend Michael Stout, and Eric Johnson, the foundation has supported AIDS and HIV medical research and so many arts initiatives across the worlds of art and photography. In a special tribute, Cathy M. Kaplan recognized the work of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, calling Mapplethorpe “a singular photographer who really changed the shape of what photography can do and mean.”

Aperture honored Mickalene Thomas for her brilliant use of the photographic image to assert new definitions of beauty and black female identity, celebrity, and sexuality, and Racquel Chevremont, Thomas’s partner, muse, and collaborator on Deux Femmes Noir, a platform for supporting new opportunities for artists of color to achieve greater prominence in the art world. Thomas and Chevremont’s Gala table was generously underwritten by Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects.

Zachary Tye Richardson and Shiona Turini expressed heartfelt thanks to Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont for their achievements. “These women walk the earth with a divine purpose, challenging the norm, assaulting the commonplace, and empowering black women in these forms,” Turini said. “Their work is an extension of their pioneering souls. Collectively, their incredible cultural impact has penetrated not only our thoughts and convictions, but a global consciousness as well.”

Robbie Gordy, of Christie’s, presided over a live auction, featuring works by Thierry Cohen, Ethan James Green, Seydou Keïta, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Erwin Olaf, Matthew Pillsbury, Matthew Porter, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Paul Strand, and the Dior Lady Art #3 bag by artist Mickalene Thomas.

Following the auction, The Photo Party guests joined the celebration and everyone enjoyed a performance by Honey + Vinyl featuring Rhonda Ross, rhythms by Alima Lee, glitter applications by Fluide, and artisanal mezcal cocktails by Gem & Bolt. In attendance were Nina Chanel Abney, Dara Allen, Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects, David Breslin, Michael Carl, Stuart Cooper and Rebecca Besson, Gina Gershon, Elaine Goldman, Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Susan Gutfreund, Darius Himes of Christie’s, Jeffrey Hirsch of Foto Care, Sheree Hovsepian, Mariane Ibrahim, Matthew Pillsbury, Phyllis Posnick, Lisa Rosenblum, Antwaun Sargent, Drew Sawyer, Thomas Schiff and Mary Ellen Goeke, Ben Sinclair, Melissa Schiff Soros, Elizabeth Stribling, Stefano Tonchi, Lina Iris Viktor, and Shen Wei.

Click here to download the 2019 Aperture Gala Evening Program.

The 2019 Aperture Gala and Auction was generously supported by:

 

Sponsors

 

             

 

 

 

Partners

             

Underwriters
Judy and Leonard Lauder

Leader Committee
Susan Barrett, Barrett Barrera Projects, Elizabeth* and William Kahane, Cathy M. Kaplan* and Renwick D. Martin, Lisa Rosenblum,* Thomas R. Schiff*

Gala Committee
Joe Baio and Anne Griffin, Peter Barbur* and Tim Doody, Maria Love Brisbane, Audry X. Casusol, Allan Chapin* and Anna Nilsson, Sb Cooper* and R. L. Besson, Richard Edwards and Kevin Ramnaraine, Fine Art Frameworks, Foto-Care Ltd., Gladstone Gallery, Elaine Goldman* and John Benis, Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla and Celso Gonzalez-Falla,* Agnes Gund, Hermès of Paris, Darius Himes, Christie’s; Michael Hoeh,* Elizabeth R. Kabler, Hemant Kanakia* and Sonalde Desai, Darlene Kaplan and Steve Zuckerman, LaVon Kellner, Christopher and Alida Latham, Bonnie Lautenberg, Raymond Learsy, Mark and Elizabeth Levine, Marina and Andrew* Lewin, Anne Stark Locher* and Kurt Locher, Nion McEvoy,* Sarah McNear* and Ian Wardropper, Jessica Nagle* and Roland Hartley-Urquhart, Philip C. Ollila, Ingram Content Group; Missy* and Jim O’Shaughnessy, Melissa Schiff Soros, Severn Taylor* and Scott Switzer, Willard Taylor* and Virginia Davies, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Casey and Lauren Weyand, Yancey Richardson Gallery

*Aperture trustee

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