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Katonah Museum of Art Gala & Auction 

November 3 2022 5:30pm - 12:00am

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown, NY
630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Join the Katonah Museum of Art Board of Trustees on November 3 at Blue Hill at Stone Barns for the Katonah Museum of Art Gala and Auction as we honor internationally renowned artists Ali Banisadr and Huma Bhabha, and Pauline Forlenza (formerly Willis), Director and CEO of the American Federation of Arts. The gala, which will include an auction and cocktail reception followed by a three-course dinner and after party, will be held at the acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the two-time James Beard award-winning and two-star Michelin restaurant in Tarrytown, New York. The event is the KMA’s most important fundraiser and will be a lively evening that includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, 3 course dinner and wine pairing composed by master chef Dan Barber, awards program and live auction, and an after party for young collectors. We look forward to celebrating the significant achievements of our honorees together and thank you for supporting the KMA!

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The annual KMA Gala is a celebration of art, creative individuals, and inspired thinking. It highlights the Museum’s accomplishments and the trailblazers who inspired our past and invigorate our future. It raises essential funds to further the range of acclaimed exhibitions, educational programs, and forward-thinking initiatives and allows the Museum to fulfill its mission to promote the understanding and enjoyment of visual arts for diverse audiences. Your donations will directly sustain the Museum's dynamic and diverse exhibitions and programming. 

Ali Banisadr’s work demonstrates a careful balancing act between chaos and composure, and abstract and figurative painting and drawing. His complex, expansive paintings are rich with figurative allusions rooted in autobiographical narratives, sonic recollection, invented stories, world history, collective memory, and mythology. Banisadr has been the subject of numerous international solo and group exhibitions and his work is featured in numerous public collections including British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Huma Bhabha’s monumental sculptures, installations, photographs, and works on paper are informed by a visual vocabulary that references a constellation of influences from across chronologies and geographies, mediums, and the genres of science fiction, horror, and the grotesque, among others. Her totemic figures are mediations on the human form that transcend time and place, allowing the artist to explore universal concerns around war, colonialism, identity, and displacement.  Bhabha has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions and her work is featured in public collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Pauline Forlenza is the Director and CEO of the American Federation of Arts (AFA). Under her leadership, the AFA has reinvigorated and expanded its exhibition program, developed innovative programs relating to museum exhibitions and collaborations, international curatorial exchanges and partnerships between museums, expanded the organization’s membership program, and raised funds to enable these endeavors. Forlenza has continued the AFA’s storied history of uplifting art movements and artists that have been omitted from the western canon, are underresourced, or remain underacknowledged for their contributions. 

Gala Co-Chairs
Catherine Courter
Craig Intinarelli

Gala Steering Committee
Rosalind Batheja
Carol Bouyoucos
Casey Carter
Tara Coniaris
Vida Foubister
Thomas Rom
Audrey Zinman

After Party Chair
Lily Snyder

A special thanks to the evening's sponsors. 






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