2020 Aperture Virtual Gala

2020 Aperture Virtual Gala: Agents Of Change

Tuesday, October 20
8:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Celebrating Trailblazing Women In Photography


Dr. Naomi Rosenblum
Ming Smith

Kate Cordsen
Cathy Kaplan
Lisa Rosenblum

Mix + Kiki
April Hunt
Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean

Performance by

Special Guests
Derrick Adams
Chris Boot
Sherry Bronfman
Darius Himes
Cathy Kaplan
Dr. Naomi Rosenblum
Antwaun Sargent
Ming Smith
Dr. Deborah Willis

DJ Set by
April Hunt

Special Guests
Derrick Adams
Chris Boot
Sherry Bronfman
Darius Himes
Cathy Kaplan
Dr. Naomi Rosenblum
Antwaun Sargent
Ming Smith
Dr. Deborah Willis

DJ Set by
April Hunt

Registrations are currently closed for the 2020 Aperture Virtual Gala. We appreciate your interest.

For questions, write to benefit@aperture.org.


Christie’s Online Auction to Benefit Aperture

Preview: October 15-19, 2020
Online Bidding: October 19-28, 2020

Berenice Abbott
Diane Arbus
Ilse Bing
Werner Bischof
Edward Burtynsky
Jo Ann Callis
Keith Carter
John Chiara
Sharon Core
Matthew Craven
Bruce Davidson
Lynn Davis
Tim Davis
Mike Disfarmer
Roe Ethridge
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Paul Fusco
Phyllis Galembo

Nan Goldin
Jan Groover
Lyle Ashton Harris
Horst P. Horst
Graciela Iturbide
Tania Franco Klein
Justine Kurland
Luisa Lambri
Gillian Laub
Clarence John Laughlin
Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao
Danny Lyon
Robert Mapplethorpe
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Mark McKnight
Joel Meyerowitz
Abelardo Morell
Zanele Muholi
Vik Muniz
Erwin Olaf
Catherine Opie
Robert Polidori
Alex Prager

Richard Renaldi
Herb Ritts
Viviane Sassen
Collier Schorr
David Benjamin Sherry
Stephen Shore
Laurie Simmons
Alec Soth
Doug and Mike Starn
Stephen Tayo
Hank Willis Thomas
Mickalene Thomas
Wolfgang Tillmans
Arthur Tress
James Welling
Brett Weston
David Wojnarowicz

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Presented by



Naomi Rosenblum

© Walter Rosenblum


Naomi Rosenblum, eminent photographic historian, curator, and author, has been an educator for more than thirty years, writing, lecturing extensively, and curating international
exhibitions. Rosenblum’s groundbreaking work includes her books A World History of Photography (1984 first edition, 2019 fifth edition) and A History of Women Photographers (1994 first edition, 2010 third edition). The former, a canonical and invaluable reference for art historians, was a finalist for the Kraszna- Krausz Foundation Book Award. The latter, a definitive, eye-opening chronicle of women’s accomplishments in photography, inspired one of the first comprehensive traveling exhibitions of women’s achievements in the medium, cocurated with Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Curator of Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art. A scholar of Paul Strand’s early work and of his films, Rosenblum served as trustee of the Paul Strand Foundation and executor of his will, and was introduced to Aperture Foundation by Michael Hoffman, its formidable longtime director. Aperture shares Rosenblum’s commitment to Strand’s work and is responsible for the Paul Strand Archive, managing and promoting the rights and legacy of this key figure of twentieth-century photography, in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Ming Smith, Self-portrait, ca. 1988, from Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph (Aperture/Documentary Arts, 2020) © Ming Smith, courtesy the artist and Aperture

Ming Smith, Self-portrait, ca. 1988

Ming Smith was born in Detroit and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Her first book, Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph, with contributions by Emmanuel Iduma, Greg Tate, Arthur Jafa, and Namwali Serpell, among others, will be copublished by Aperture and Documentary Arts in November 2020. A self-taught artist and former model, in the 1970s, she joined the Kamoinge Workshop and published her early work in The Black Photographers Annual. Smith is known for her poetic, often experimental meditations on jazz music, African American communities, and cultural icons—from Sun Ra and Alvin Ailey, to Gordon Parks and Grace Jones. Beginning in 2017, her work was included in the celebrated traveling exhibitions We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, as well as in Arthur Jafa’s exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, which trav​eled from London to Berlin, Prague, Stockholm, and Porto, Portugal. In 2019, Smith’s solo exhibition with Jenkins Johnson Gallery was awarded the Frieze Stand Prize at Frieze New York. Smith lives and works in New York.


Judy and Leonard Lauder

Elizabeth* and William Kahane
Cathy Kaplan* and Renwick Martin
Lisa Rosenblum*
Thomas R. Schiff*

Grand Benefactors
S. B. Cooper* and R. L. Besson
Ingram Content Group
Melissa* and James O’Shaughnessy

Peter Barbur* and Tim Doody
Kate Cordsen* and Whit Williams
Elaine Goldman* and John Benis
Michael Hoeh*

Philippe Laumont*
Anne Stark Locher* and Kurt Locher
Margaret Sung and Michael Schmidtberger

Gala Committee
Dawoud Bey*
Zoë Buckman
Sharon Core
Renee Cox
Sophie Elgort
Austin Fremont
Miles Greenberg
Mrs. John Gutfreund
April Hunt
Arthur Jafa
Justine Kurland
Gillian Laub
An-My Lê

Raymond Learsy
Susana Torruella Leval*
Marina and Andrew* Lewin
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Sarah McNear and Ian Wardropper
Susan Meiselas
Joel Meyerowitz*
Richard Misrach
Helen Nitkin* and Joel Rosenkranz
Antwaun Sargent
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
David Benjamin Sherry
Nicola Vassell
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Sasha Wolf

*Aperture trustee