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

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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. We are delighted to celebrate Xaviera, Candice, and Xiaoyu’s passion, vision, and commitment to art and artists; and the appointment of Laurel Ptak as Executive Director. Support the passion of these trailblazer women in the arts, and enjoy an incredible evening with a culinary performance by New Commissions Artist by Juanli Carrión, a premier dining experience by La Esquina, a magnetic cocktail environment by DJ Tara Shanahan, complemented with specialty wines, drinks, and an after-party featuring a musical performance by alumni artist Rachel Mason, hosted by Art in General’s alumni, friends and Young Patrons Committee! Plus an online benefit auction powered by Artsy, launching Friday, March 24.

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

The Visionary Awards and silent auction support Art in General’s program, including the New Commissions program, which each year provides in-depth support for eight to ten artists to create major new work, and the International Collaborations initiative, which through a range of international partnerships creates collaborative exhibitions and programs in New York and abroad.


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
Mary Lapides* and Jason Shela
Leslie F. Ruff*
Maria Spinelli*

Natalia Alfonso and Mike Schor
Layla Diba
Document Gallery
Dzine/Carlos Rolón Studio
Frederieke Taylor Gallery
Tom Geniesse
Darius Grant*
Mary Greene
mor charpentier
Night Gallery
On Stellar Rays
Ramon Vega Studio
Seth Raphaeli
Franklin Sirmans*
The Straus Family Fund
Patrick Vega
Y Gallery

Juanli Carrión
Paul Chan
Marc Dennis
Dzine/Carlos Rolón Studio
Rico Gatson
Martine Gutierrez
Tommy Hartung
Karen Heagle
Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Carlos Motta
Raha Raissnia
Anna Rosen
Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik
Paul Sepuya
Lior Shvil
Richard Tinkler
Ramon Vega
Colleen Asper
Danielle Dean
Zachary Fabri
Jonah Groeneboer
Marika Kandelaki
Gordon Hall
Michelle Levy
Freya Powell
Zefrey Throwell

Lina Alfonso
Kristen Chappa
Laurel Ptak, Executive Director
HyunSoo Suh

*Art in General Board member
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