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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 generously sponsored by Barrett Barrera Projects, Christie’s, Foto Care, and Ingram Content Group.

Zachary Tye Richardson, honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas, Shiona Turini

Zachary Tye Richardson, honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas, Shiona Turini
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Gala honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas

Gala honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas
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Dario Kelis, Antwaun Sargent

Dario Kelis, Antwaun Sargent
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Kelly Peck with sponsor Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects

Kelly Peck with sponsor Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects
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Aperture executive director, Chris Boot with Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane

Aperture executive director, Chris Boot with Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane
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Gina Gershon, Ben Sinclair

Gina Gershon, Ben Sinclair
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Chris Boot with Aperture trustee Missy O'Shaughnessy and Jim O'Shaughnessy

Chris Boot with Aperture trustee Missy O'Shaughnessy and Jim O'Shaughnessy
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Honoree Michael Ward Stout of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation with Joan Berkowitz

Honoree Michael Ward Stout of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation with Joan Berkowitz
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Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard, Aperture trustee Tom Schiff, and Mary Ellen Goeke

Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard, Aperture trustee Tom Schiff, and Mary Ellen Goeke
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Deborah Willis, Hank Thomas Sr.

Deborah Willis, Hank Thomas Sr.
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Steven Leber, Mickalene Thomas, Bonnie Lautenberg

Steven Leber, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Bonnie Lautenberg
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Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard, Tom Schiff and guests

Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard, Aperture trustee Tom Schiff and guests
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Melonie Bennett, Judy Lauder, Leah Zimmerman, Alice Momm

Melonie Bennett, Judy Lauder, Leah Zimmerman, Alice Momm
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Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti with Kathy Ryan

Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti with Kathy Ryan
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Guest with Aperture trustee Michael Hoeh

Guest with Aperture trustee Michael Hoeh
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Stefano Tonchi

Stefano Tonchi
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Mickalene Thomas with DIOR Lady Art #3

Mickalene Thomas with DIOR Lady Art #3
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Matthew Porter, Hannah Whitaker

Artists Matthew Porter and Hannah Whitaker
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Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl

Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl
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Shiona Turini, Racquel Chevremont, Zachary Tye Richardson

Shiona Turini, honoree Racquel Chevremont, Zachary Tye Richardson
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William Kahane, Annie Sandler

William Kahane, Annie Sandler
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Aperture trustee Stuart Cooper, Becky Besson

Aperture trustee Stuart Cooper, Becky Besson
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Alima Lee

Alima Lee
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Alan and Louise Weil

Alan and Louise Weil
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Eliza Soros, Melissa Schiff Soros

Eliza Soros, Melissa Schiff Soros
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Mariane Abraham, Lina Iris Viktor, Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane

Mariane Abraham, Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane, Lina Iris Viktor,
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Antwaun Sargent, Ethan James Green

Antwaun Sargent, Ethan James Green
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Mayfield Brooks, Zachary Tye Richardson

Mayfield Brooks, Zachary Tye Richardson
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Aperture Foundation 2019 Gala: Muse

Gala guests
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Aperture Foundation 2019 Gala: Muse

Guest with Amelia Critzer, Lori Grover, Liz Grover
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Gala cohost Tilda Swinton

Gala cohost Tilda Swinton
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Lauren Fern, Ron Hartleben

Lauren Fern, Ron Hartleben
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Guests viewing auction artwork

Guests viewing auction artwork
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Aperture Foundation 2019 Gala: Muse

Ian Wardropper, Elizabeth Stribling, Guy Robinson
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Honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini

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

Christie's auctioneer Robbie Gordy

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

Aperture trustee Elaine Goldman, Kendall Messick, Diane Ackerman

Aperture trustee Elaine Goldman, Kendall Messick, Diane Ackerman
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Cathy Kaplan with honoree Michael Ward Stout

Gala cohost Cathy Kaplan with honoree Michael Ward Stout
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Stewart Shining, Burt Lipsky

Stewart Shining, Burt Lipsky
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Chris Boot, Mickalene Thomas

Aperture director Chris Boot, honoree Mickalene Thomas
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Alida Latham, Chris Boot

Alida Latham, Aperture executive director Chris Boot
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Andrew Wingert, Yancey Richardson, Annie Armstrong

Andrew Wingert, Yancey Richardson, Annie Armstrong
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Sheree Hovsepian, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shari Loeffler

Sheree Hovsepian, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shari Loeffler
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Guest with Aperture trustees Allan Chapin and Cathy Kaplan, Anna Nilsson

Guest with Aperture trustees Allan Chapin and Cathy Kaplan, Anna Nilsson
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Gala performer Rhonda Ross, Barbara Stehle, honoree Mickalene Thomas

Gala performer Rhonda Ross, Barbara Stehle, honoree Mickalene Thomas
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Glitter Fluide application on guest Sheree Hovsepian

Glitter Fluide application on guest Sheree Hovsepian
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Gala cohosts Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla

Gala cohosts Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla
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Mary Ellen Goeke

Mary Ellen Goeke, Katherine Siegwarth, Kristin Riepenhoff, Carissa Barnard
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Racquel Chevremont, Mickalane Thomas, Shiona Turini, Zachary Tye Richardson

Honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas, Shiona Turini, Zachary Tye Richardson
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Lina Iris Viktor, Mariane Ibrahim, Eva Therond

Lina Iris Viktor, Mariane Ibrahim, Eva Therond
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Stephen Shea, Stewart Shining

Stephen Shea, Stewart Shining
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Darius Himes of Christie's

Sponsor Darius Himes of Christie's
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Rhonda Ross, Honey + Vinyl

Rhonda Ross, Honey + Vinyl
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Robbie Gordy

Auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie's
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Racquel Chevremont, Mickalene Thomas

Honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas
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Michael Ward Stout

Gala cohost Cathy Kaplan with honoree Michael Ward Stout
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Rhonda Ross

Rhonda Ross
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Honey + Vinyl

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

Shiona Turini, Zachary Tye Richardson

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

Akima Sane, Anaka 444

Akima Sane, Anaka 444
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Terrence Eldrige, Rhonda Ross

Terrence Eldrige, Rhonda Ross
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Ian Wardropper, Aperture trustee Sarah McNear, Jeff Rosenheim

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

Annika Zee, Anika Larsen

Annika Zee, Anika Larsen
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Sansho Scott/BFA.com

Shiona Turini, honoree Racquel Chevremont, Zachary Tye Richardson
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Nina Chanel Abney, Jet Black

Nina Chanel Abney, Jet Black
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Kelly Peck with sponsor Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects

Kelly Peck with sponsor Susan Barrett of Barrett Barrera Projects
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Logan Jackson, Carly Mark

Logan Jackson, Carly Mark
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Aperture trustee Jessica Nagle with DIOR Lady Art #3

Aperture trustee Jessica Nagle with DIOR Lady Art #3
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Guest with Silvina Sterin

Guest with Silvina Sterin
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Peter Kayafas

Peter Kayafas
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Leslie Simitch, Stewart Shining

Leslie Simitch, Stewart Shining
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

William Kahane with Gala cohost Elizabeth Kahane

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

Casey and Lauren Weyand

Casey and Lauren Weyand
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Shira White

Shira White
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Lavon Kellner

Lavon Kellner
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Stewart Shining, Christina Burns

Stewart Shining, Christina Burns
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Chris Boot, Rhonda Ross, Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl

Chris Boot, Rhonda Ross, Keanna Quinn of Honey + Vinyl
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Tony White, Aperture executive director Chris Boot

Tony White, Aperture executive director Chris Boot
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Rhonda Ross

Rhonda Ross
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Cathy Kaplan, Michael Stout

Cathy Kaplan and honoree Michael Ward Stout
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Zachary Tye Richardson, honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas, Shiona Turini

Zachary Tye Richardson, honorees Racquel Chevremont and Mickalane Thomas, Shiona Turini
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Aperture Foundation 2019 Gala: Muse

Honoree Mickalene Thomas, Lola West
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Aperture trustees Cathy Kaplan and Jessica Nagle

Aperture trustees Cathy Kaplan and Jessica Nagle
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Aperture Foundation 2019 Gala: Muse

Dan Fethke, Alex Rapport
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Cathy Kaplan

Gala cohost Cathy Kaplan
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Nicole Chapoteau, Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini

Nicole Chapoteau, honoree Mickalene Thomas, Shiona Turini
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Mickalane Thomas, Racquel Chevremont

Honrees Mickalane Thomas and Racquel Chevremont
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Lesley Martin, Andy Lewin, William Kahane, Elizabeth Kahane

Lesley Martin, Aperture trustees Andrew Lewin and Elizabeth Kahane, William Kahane
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Aperture Foundation 2019 Gala: Muse

Dan Allentuck, Susanna Singer, and Aperture trustees Cathy Kaplan and Willard Taylor
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Darius Himes, Jessica Nagle

Darius Himes of Christie's with Aperture trustee Jessica Nagle
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Daniel Milder, Barbara Stehlé

Daniel Milder, Barbara Stehlé
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Sheree Hovsepian, Shari Loeffler

Sheree Hovsepian, Shari Loeffler
Ryan Kobane/BFA.com

Aperture trustee Willard Taylor, Ian Wardropper

Aperture trustee Willard Taylor, Ian Wardropper
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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. “Vivre 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.

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 Mickalene Thomas in collaboration with DIOR.

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.

The 2019 Aperture Gala and Auction was generously supported by:

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

Sponsors

Gala Sponsors

Partners

Artsy, BFA, Emily Thompson Flowers, Fine Art Frameworks, Fluide, Gem & Bolt

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