The 50th Anniversary Gala raised a record $3.9 million, thanks to the generosity and support of the Museum’s incredible patrons, artists and friends. Over 800 artists, cultural leaders, civic leaders, business leaders, and philanthropists were in attendance at the Park Avenue Armory. First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray presented the Studio Museum with a Mayoral Proclamation to commemorate the Museum’s historic fifty year legacy.
Thanks to the continued support of philanthropist George Wein, the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize was awarded to Diedrick Brackens, a Los Angeles–based multidisciplinary artist recognized for his innovative use of weaving and textile making. Brackens is the thirteenth artist to receive this prestigious $50,000 cash award.