Last night (Tuesday, April 25), The Drawing Center in New York City celebrated its 40th anniversary at its annual Spring Gala. In celebration of this landmark, the museum honored four artists who each represent one decade of the institution’s forty years of programming: Marcel Dzama, Teresita Fernández, R.H. Quaytman — who each had their first exhibitions in New York at the Drawing Center — and Rashid Johnson.
Over 300 members of NYC’s arts and culture community attend the event, including the artist honorees, Tom Finkelpearl (Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs), Agnus Gund, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Frances Adler, David Zwirner, Marian Goodman, Brett Gorvy, and artists Pat Steir, Lorna Simpson, Will Cotton, Eddie Martinez, Natalie Frank, Judith Bernstein, and many others.
Taking place at Capitale in SoHo, the evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by a seated dinner with remarks from Tom Finkelpearl; Brett Littman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center; and presentations from each of the artist honorees. Throughout the night, guests had their portraits drawn by members of Drawn Together NYC, and heard musical performances from musical director Billy Martin and musicians Doug Wieselman, Falu, Peter Apflebaum, Jay Rodriguez, and Dana Lyn.