George Eastman House returns to NYC to host benefit auction this fall
With the success of our 2010 Auction and the need to be find creative, proactive ways to fundraise, we had to ask ourselves, how could we NOT? Last year’s online and live auctions featured more than 300 photographs, books and cameras donated by artists, collectors and dealers, and ultimately raised more than $650,000— constituting the largest fundraiser in our museum’s history. Thank you so much to all of you out there who helped support the auction by contributing or bidding, or even just spreading the word. Every bit of participation has helped maintain our collections, educational programs and Landmark museum site— ensuring the continued preservation of these works for years to come.
What is in store for our 2011 Auction, you ask?
Our live auction and reception will be held Monday, Octg. 3 at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, a Mecca of art galleries, museums, restaurants, boutiques and markets. Denise Bethel, Senior Vice President and Director of Photographs at Sotheby’s, New York will once again bring vigor and grace to the event as our auctioneer. Accompanying the live auction at 7 p.m., there will be an online auction, a two-day preview exhibition, and a series of conversations with artists to kick off the event beginning on Sunday, Oct. 2.
So far, more than 175 artists, dealers and collectors have agreed to participate. Among the offerings are works by veterans of photography like Vik Muniz, Barbara Morgan, Larry Towell, George Tice, Carl Chiarenza, and F.C Gundlach, as well as works by mid-career and emerging artists- Brian Ulrich, Roger Eberhard and Doug Menuez, to name a few. There will also be another Kodak Colorama up for bid in the live auction!
In the coming months I will be bringing you updates and highlights, and will also be inviting guest bloggers to talk in depth about some of the artist’s works featured in this year’s auction. In closing, and until my next post, here is a sneak peek of a work by one of our 2011 contributing artists:
Amy Stein, Threat from the series “Domesticated”, 2005
Olivia Arnone is Auction Coordinator for the George Eastman House Benefit Auction.