Honoring Xaviera Simmons, Candice Madey and Xiaoyu Weng


Honoring Xaviera Simmons, Candice Madey and Xiaoyu Weng

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Location: 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

7pm-8pm — Cocktails
8pm-10pm — Dinner and Silent Auction
10pm-Midnight — After-Party

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SPONSOR / $25,000 – Table of 10, Contribution portion: $23,500.
PATRON / $10,000 – Table of 10, Contribution portion: $8,500.
SUPPORTER / $5,000 – Table of 10, Contribution portion: $3,500.
GALA COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP / $1000 – 2 ‘Friend’ Tickets, Contribution portion: $700.
INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTER / $1,000 – 1 Ticket, Contribution portion: $850/ticket.
INDIVIDUAL FRIEND / $500 – 1 Ticket, Contribution portion: $350/ticket.
AFTER-PARTY / $50 – 1 Ticket, Contribution portion: $43.00/ticket.
DONATION / Contribution portion: 100% tax deductible
Contributions are tax-deductible and directly support our exhibitions and programs.

To become a sponsor or to pay by cash or check please contact Lina Alfonso at: [email protected] or by calling: (212) 219-0473 ext.105.

Please join us for a very special Visionary Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, honoring visionaries Xaviera Simmons, Candice Madey of On Stellar Rays, and Xiaoyu Weng—who through distinct approaches and practices, encapsulate the belief that our communities and our lives are made richer by the experience of art.

Kick off the arts-filled evening with cocktails and culinary creations by artist Juanli Carrión, served from the artist-designed cart that was part of his 2017 installation at AiG’s gallery. The tasty hors d’oeuvres will be served by the artist, offering a singular opportunity to connect with him one-on-one about his food-inspired projects. The night continues with dinner, catered by La Esquina, recently featured in fashion icon Nina Garcia’s Guide to New York City in Marie Claire.

Hear more about the exciting endeavors of our Visionary Award honorees curator Xiaoyu Weng, artist Xaviera Simmons, and gallerist Candice Madey from their presenters: curator and writer Isolde Brielmaier, Prem Krishnamurthy of Project Projects and P!, and artists Ryan Mrozowski and Alix Pearlstein.

Stay for the After Party where experimental artist Rachel Mason will give an exclusive performance inspired by her critically-acclaimed album, Das Ram, and DJ Tara Shanahan will keep guests moving on the dance floor.

Proceeds raised from the event support Art in General in commissioning new work by some of today’s most interesting and cutting edge artistic talents. Most recently AiG was responsible for giving award-winning and critically-acclaimed artists Dineo Seshee Bopape and Postcommodity their first New York solo exhibitions.

Art in General gives new opportunity and voice to emerging, underrepresented, and influential artists from the U.S. and abroad.

AiG is hosting a silent auction powered by Artsy with works by art stars Nan Goldin, Basim Magdy, Carlos Motta, Paul Chan, and Tommy Hartung, among many others.


Visit the auction page HERE, or give a tax-deductible donation HERE


Xaviera Simmons, Visionary Artist Simmons’ body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture, and installation. She received her BFA from Bard College after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program and an actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. She has had major exhibitions and performances at The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, The Sculpture Center, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; David Castillo Gallery and The Savannah College Of Art and Design. Her works are in museum and private collections worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum In Harlem.

Candice Madey and On Stellar Rays, Visionary Gallery Madey opened On Stellar Rays on Orchard Street in 2008. Many of the gallery’s artists presented their first solo exhibitions with the gallery and have presented extensively in the US and abroad. The gallery program is recognized globally and for presenting work across media, often incorporating painting, photography and sculpture with performance, sound, and video. 2016-17 mark several major museum exhibitions of gallery artists: Tommy Hartung at The Hammer Museum and The Rose Museum, John Houck at Dallas Contemporary and at MoMA, JJ PEET at The Contemporary Austin, Texas. A major retrospective organized by the gallery of Rochelle Feinstein’s work is traveling to four institutions and will be on view at The Bronx Museum. Gallery artists Tommy Hartung and Debo Eilers are included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

Xiaoyu Weng, Visionary Young Curator Weng is Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum. She served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs, launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and oversaw the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. Previously, she worked as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts. She has organized exhibitions and public programs for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.


Roya Khadjavi Heidari*
Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard*

Frederieke Taylor*

Yaslyn Daniels*
Elaine Goldman
Ellen Harvey*
Roya and Massoud Heidari
Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard
Mary Lapides* and Jason Shela
On Stellar Rays Gallery
Leslie F. Ruff*
Maria Spinelli*
HyunSoo Suh and Steven Yang

Natalia Alfonso and Mike Schor
C24 Gallery
Layla Diba
Document Gallery
Dzine/Carlos Rolón Studio
Frederieke Taylor Gallery
Tom Geniesse
Darius Grant*
Mary Greene
Laya Khadjavi
mor charpentier
Night Gallery
Rachel Uffner Gallery
Ramon Vega Studio
Seth Raphaeli
Steve Shane
Franklin Sirmans*
The Straus Family Fund
Patrick Vega
Diana Wege
Y Gallery

Juanli Carrión
Paul Chan
Patty Chang
Marc Dennis
Dzine/Carlos Rolón Studio
Rico Gatson
Nan Goldin
Katy Grannan
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Martine Gutierrez
Van Hanos
Tommy Hartung
Karen Heagle
Katja Loher
Basim Magdy
Rachel Mason
Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Carlos Motta
Seçkin Pirim
Kaspars Podnieks
William Pope L.
Raha Raissnia
Anna Rosen
Emily Roysdon
Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik
Paul Sepuya
Lior Shvil
Zefrey Throwell
Richard Tinkler
Judith Turner
Ramon Vega

Colleen Asper
Sarah Chipps
Danielle Dean
Zachary Fabri
Jonah Groeneboer
Gordon Hall
Marika Kandelaki
Michelle Levy
Jill Magid
Shana Moulton
Jeanine Oleson
Kambui Olujimi
Freya Powell
Zefrey Throwell
Ezra Wube

Lina Alfonso
Kristen Chappa
Laurel Ptak, Executive Director
HyunSoo Suh

*Art in General Board member
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