SculptureCenter Gala Will Honor Fred Wilson

Wilson. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Wilson. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Here’s an early look at the press release for Sculpture Center’s annual benefit gala, to be held on Oct. 9.

Full release follows:

This fall, SculptureCenter will honor artist Fred Wilson and curator Susanne Ghez for the SculptureCenter Annual Benefit Gala, to be held at New York’s historic Edison Ballroom on October 9th, 2013. Leaders in their respective roles within contemporary art, the work of both Wilson and Ghez parallel the institution’s dedication to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture.

SculptureCenter Annual Benefit Gala
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Edison Ballroom
240 West 47th Street
New York City

About the honorees:
Fred Wilson has created site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. His work encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. Beginning with the groundbreaking and critically accalaimed exhibition Mining the Museum (1992-93) at the Maryland Historical Society, Fred Wilson has juxtaposed and re-contextualized existing objects to create new installations, which alter their traditional meanings or interpretations. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition, Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (1999), amongst others.

Since 1974, Executive Director and Chief Curator Susanne Ghez has led The Renaissance Society with a focus on the forefront of the visual arts, establishing an international reputation as one of the finest resources for contemporary art. Since then, Ghez has introduced Chicago audiences to leading contemporary artists such as Robert Smithson, Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Daniel Buren, On Kawara, Gunther Forg, Juan Muñoz, Hanne Darboven, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Thomas Struth, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kara Walker, Arturo Herrera, Darren Almond, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Mark Manders. The Renaissance Society is a non-collecting museum founded in 1915 to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art. After 40 years, Ghez will step down from her role at the Renaissance this year.

About SculptureCenter:
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists. Our programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision.

SculptureCenter Gala Will Honor Fred Wilson