CREATIVE TIME GALA 2017
HONORING CAROL LIM & HUMBERTO LEON
OF OPENING CEREMONY
Once a year, Creative Time throws a show-stopping gala the New York Observer calls, “One of the art world’s top ten, break the mold spring fundraisers.” Your support of the Spring Gala helps to ensure millions of people have free opportunities to engage with the most trailblazing art of our times. For 2017, we are thrilled to have honored Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the visionaries behind Opening Ceremony.
Like Creative Time, Lim and Leon push boundaries, forefront artists and designers, and use their influence to weigh in on the important issues of our time. As long time friends of the organization, Creative Time admires the way Carol and Humberto bring a curatorial approach to their craft, consistently supporting emerging designers and pioneering collaborations with artists and brands. Year after year, they reinvent their fashion shows, from staging a political “Pageant of the People,” to most recently a protest-spirited ballet. And they promote a global dialogue by highlighting and drawing inspiration from a new country each year. We could go on and on – there is just so much to celebrate.
The evening served as the debut of Pledges of Allegiance, a new collaboration between Creative Time, Opening Ceremony, along with Alix Browne, Cian Browne, and Fabienne Stephan. Through the Pledges of Allegiance project, artists are invited to create a flag that speaks to a message they are passionate about, or a cause worth fighting for. The flags will be flown across NYC and potentially beyond. Participating artists for the launch of the project include Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte. Jeremy Deller, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ogut, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.
The gala is Creative Time’s single most important fundraiser of the year. Support of the evening ensures that Creative Time is able to continue presenting–free and open to the public: art that challenges the status quo, catalyzes civic engagement, and creates moments of wonder and awe.
(Photos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA, Madison McGraw/BFA, and Christos Katsiaouni)