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Gala 2019

The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Board of Trustees requests the pleasure of your company at Gala 2019.


6:30 PM

Dinner and Dancing

8:00 PM

Gala Go-Chairs
Jacqueline L. Bradley
Kathryn C. Chenault
Carol Sutton Lewis
Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi

Black Tie

Presenting the Fourteenth Annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize


The River Pavilion,

Javits Center

429 11th Avenue,

New York, NY 10001

Dear Friends,

As the world’s leading institution dedicated to the presentation of work by artists of African descent and art inspired by black culture, the Studio Museum holds its Gala each year to directly support our mission and core programs. The revenue raised constitutes an essential source of income for the Museum’s dynamic exhibitions, renowned Artist-in-Residence program, and innovative arts education programming produced throughout the year.

I hope that as the Studio Museum embarks on our ambitious next chapter you will continue to support us. We can’t do this amazing work without you!

To purchase a table at one of the levels listed below and show your support for Gala 2019, please click the “Purchase” button to reserve your seating today. You may also mail a completed RSVP form with payment to The Studio Museum in Harlem, Attn: Gala 2019, 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027. To be included in our printed program, please confirm your level of support by Monday, October 28

Please feel free to contact our Special Events office at gala@studiomuseum.org or 212.864.4500, ext. 218 with any inquires. 

I am so grateful for your commitment to the Museum and look forward to celebrating with you on November 13!


All the best,

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Thelma Golden
Director and Chief Curator



  • $100,000 Lead Table(s) for 12
  • $50,000 Patron Table(s) for 12
  • $35,000 Supporter Table(s) for 10
  • $15,000 Donor Table(s) for 8, perimeter seating (Limited availability)

Individual Tickets

  • $5,000 Patron Ticket(s)
  • $2,500 Partner Ticket(s)
  • $1,500 Donor Ticket(s), perimeter seating

I am unable to attend, but would like to make a fully tax-deductable contribution.

Honoring Leonard A. Lauder

Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus and the senior member of the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. He is also an active philanthropist and is deeply involved in the worlds of art, education and politics.

Mr. Lauder currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was a trustee from 1977 to 2011. He has been one of the museum’s most significant benefactors, giving a milestone gift of $131 million in 2008 to the museum’s endowment, and helping the museum acquire 948 works of art, 760 of which he gifted personally.

Mr. Lauder is also a long-time supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2013, Mr. Lauder pledged his 78-piece collection of Cubist art to the museum and has since added five major works to that promised gift. In concert with his Cubist collection donation, he helped establish the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, which supports a robust program of fellowships, focused exhibitions and public lectures, and is the first such center dedicated exclusively to modern art within an encyclopedic museum.

Mr. Lauder is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Honorary Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He is also a major supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Among Mr. Lauder’s honors are the Légion d’Honneur, the “Lone Sailor” Award given by the United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation, and the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award. He was also named a 2014 Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy as a member of the Lauder family in recognition of the family’s long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service.

Mr. Lauder was married to Evelyn H. Lauder, Founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from 1959 until she passed away in 2011. They had two sons together and five grandchildren. In 2015, Mr. Lauder married Judy Glickman Lauder, a philanthropist and internationally recognized photographer whose work is represented in more than 300 public and private collections. Mr. Lauder and Ms. Glickman Lauder received Gordon Parks Foundation Patron of the Arts Award in 2016.

The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize

The Studio Museum in Harlem is honored to announce the fourteenth presentation of The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize at Gala 2019. The Prize recognizes the achievements of an artist who demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity, and includes a monetary award of $50,000. Established by jazz impresario, musician and philanthropist George Wein in memory of his wife, Joyce Alexander Wein, an esteemed trustee of the Studio Museum for many years, the Prize honors the legacy of a woman whose life embodied a commitment to the power and possibilities of art, artists, and culture.

Board of Trustees

Raymond J. McGuire, Chairman

Carol Sutton Lewis, Vice-Chair

Rodney M. Miller Sr., Treasurer

Jacqueline L. Bradley, Secretary


Laura Day Baker

Dr. Anita Blanchard

Kathryn C. Chenault

Joan S. Davidson

Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Damien R. Dwin

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Sandra Grymes

Arthur J. Humphrey Jr.

George L. Knox

Nancy L. Lane

Dr. Michael L. Lomax

Bernard I. Lumpkin

Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi

Holly Peterson

Ann G. Tenenbaum

Reginald Van Lee

Lise Wilks



Hon. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York

Roxanne John, Mayoral Designee

Hon. Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator

Gala 2019 Supporters


Frank and Laura Day Baker

Jacqueline L. Bradley and Clarence Otis

Ursula Burns

Kathryn C. and Kenneth I. Chenault

Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg

FS Investments and Damien Dwin

Global Infrastructure Partners


Susan and John B. Hess

Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr.


Rodney M. Miller, Sr.

Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi

Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Inc.

Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley

Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Lise and Jeffrey Wilks



BET Networks

Patricia Blanchet/ Peggy Cooper Davis

and Gordon J. Davis/Venable LLP

Frank Cooper, III

Joan S. Davidson

Gladstone Gallery

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management

Agnes Gund

GCM Grosvenor

Hauser & Wirth

Holly Phillips MD and Jose Tavarez/

Bank of America Private Bank

News Corp/Toni and Dwight Bush

Suzanne McFayden

Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire

RBC Capital Markets

Sciame Construction, LLC

Marva Smalls/Viacom


Elaine Wynn


Atlantic Records

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Frankfut Kurnit Klein & Selz

Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins/

Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia

Nyssa and Chris Lee

Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi

Marcus Mitchell and Courtney Lee-Mitchell

National Basketball Players Association

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

White Cube




Dawoud Bey

Celeste B. Hart, M.D.

Donald and Barbara Kaul

Brooke Garber Neidich

Galerie Lelong & Co.



Peg Alston

Angela Vallot & Jim Basker

Paula Cooper Gallery

Darby English

Marian Goodman Gallery

Joyce and Ira Haupt, II

Alexis Johnson

Noel Kirnon

Raymond Learsy

Luhring Augustine

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Begum Yasar




Derrick Adams

Adjaye Associates

Alexander Gray Associates

Arlene Bascom

Judia Black / enJoie

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Charles Boyd

Michèle and Joseph Brazil

Isolde Brielmaier

Judith Byrd

Pippa Cohen

Dawn L. Davis

John H. Friedman and Jane Furse

Barbara Hoffman

Arthur J. Humphrey, Jr

Nancy L. Lane

Andrea J. London

Thao Nguyen

Luis Penalver and Elizabeth Davis

Kim Powell

Jamel Shabazz

Marsha E. Simms

Jerome L. Stern Family Foundation

Reginald Van Lee

Neda Young

Stout Thomas & Johnson

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Zubatkin Owner Representation



Shelley and Phillip Aarons

Jody and John Arnhold

Jimmy Arnold

Susan and Jonathan Bram

Saundra and Don Cornwell

Randi Cutler and Joel Cutler

Allen and Deborah Grubman

Gail and George Knox

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Susan and Glenn Lowry

Madison Square Park Conservancy

Marie-Josée & Henry Kravis Foundation

Holly Peterson Foundation

Charles and Karen Phillips

Lynda & Stewart Resnick

Andrea Rosen

Scott Rothkopf

Cindy Sherman

George Wein