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2014 Gala & Cultural Leadership Awards
Honoring Spencer Finch and Milton Esterow

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, New York City
6:30 p.m. Cocktails, 8:00 p.m. Dinner, 10:00 p.m. Dancing and Cocktails

Tables and tickets are now available for the annual American Federation of Arts
Gala & Cultural Leadership Award

Click here to purchase tables/tickets online or download the response form here.

Our annual gala, which attracts approximately 150 leaders from the arts and culture, business, and philanthropic community, supports the AFA’s work of organizing and touring art exhibitions to museums nationally and internationally.

Spencer Finch
Spencer Finch is renowned for his installations, sculptures, and works on paper drawn from the most intangible of subjects, such as shadows of passing clouds in the yard of Emily Dickinson’s home or the quality of light in a Turner painting. Through precise measurements and record keeping, Finch uses scientific means to record or recreate momentary experiences in color and light, filtering perception through the lens of nature, history, literature, and memory. His permanent installation, Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning, was the only commission for The National September 11 Memorial Museum, and his exhibition A Certain Slant of Light will be on view at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York through January 2015. Solo exhibitions of his work and projects have been presented at Turner Contemporary, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, among others. His work is held in many important collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the High Museum of Art, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Finch lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Milton Esterow
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Milton Esterow attended Brooklyn College, and in 1945 joined The New York Times as a copy boy. He became a reporter three years later, specializing in cultural affairs, and was appointed assistant to the cultural news editor in 1963. He joined the Kennedy Galleries in 1968 where he co-founded and edited "The American Art Journal." Mr. Esterow bought ARTnews from the Washington Post Company in 1972, and guided its growth into the world’s most widely circulated art magazine. Mr. Esterow sold the company this past April. Under his direction, ARTnews became the first publication to consistently apply rigorous standards of investigative reporting to the art world and was honored forty-six times for editorial excellence. It became the first magazine of any kind to receive a George Polk Award for cultural reporting, and the first art magazine to win a National Magazine Award. Restitution of looted art has been a particular focus of Mr. Esterow's since 1984, starting with the publication of "A Legacy of Shame" about stolen art found hidden in a monastery near Vienna. The magazine's extensive coverage of this issue influenced cultural policy in many countries and led to the return of Nazi-looted artworks in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Mr. Esterow is the author of "The Art Stealers," has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and received a lifetime achievement award from the College Art Association in 2003. He lives in New York.

Gala Co-Chairs
Elizabeth Belfer | Martha MacMillan | Merrill Mahan | Clare McKeon | Capera Ryan

Gala Benefit Committee
Marina Abramović | Ruth Appelhof & Gary Adamek | Stephanie & Frederick Clark | Michele & Martin Cohen | Ghislain d'Humières | Yasaman & Vuk Djunic | Alexandra & David Drucker | Ashleigh Fernandez | Brian Ferriso | Leslie & Tom Freudenheim | Miller Gaffney | Lee White Galvis & Sergio Galvis | Agnes Gund | Anthony Hirschel | Laree Hulshoff & Ben Fischer | Ann & Gilbert H. Kinney | Stephanie & Jody La Nasa | Margot & Bob Linton | NancyJane & Jeffrey Loewy | Madeleine Plonsker | David Pollack | Kimerly Rorschach | Timothy Rub | Betsy Pinover Schiff | Clare & Eugene Thaw | Nani Warren | Christy Williams

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For further information contact Ashley Brown, Manager of Special Events & Programs, at or call 212.988.7700 x247.

Gala proceeds benefit the exhibitions and programming of the AFA.