2017 Gala & Cultural Leadership Awards

October 26, 2017
6:30-11:00 pm
The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street, NYC


At this year’s AFA Gala we are thrilled to honor noteworthy collectors and philanthropists Charles and Valerie Diker, and artist William Wegman for their extraordinary contributions to the visual arts. The awards will be presented by Alice Walton, Chairwoman of the Board of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. and Mrs. Diker are recognized primarily for their significant advancement of the understanding of Native American art. With a promised gift of more than 90 works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dikers seek to have Native American art and artists acknowledged as integral to the broader history of American art.

William Wegman is widely known for his large-scale Polaroids of Weimaraners, merging performance, humor and representation. This ability to amuse and transform has been prevalent throughout his four decades-long career, as evidenced by his earliest conceptual works and pioneering video art from the 1970s. Today, he continues to challenge the perception of everyday objects and ideas in his drawings, collages, paintings and altered photographs.


Sandra Warshawsky


Ruth Appelhof & Gary Adamek
Jonathan Binstock
Stephanie & Frederick Clark
Michele & Marty Cohen
Yasaman & Vuk Djunic
Stacey Epstein
Charlotte Eyerman
Ashleigh Fernandez
Tom L. Freudenheim
Miller Gaffney
Lee White Galvis & Sergio Galvis
Agnes Gund
Anthony Hirschel
Phyllis Hollis
Elizabeth Madigan Jost
Mary & Brian Kennedy
Steph & Jody La Nasa
Leonard & Judy Lauder
Margot Linton
NancyJane & Jeffrey Loewy
Martha MacMillan
Merrill & Chris Mahan
Clare E. McKeon
Helen Stambler Neuberger
Jennifer New
Arcmanoro Niles
Kimerly Rorschach
Capera Ryan
Betsy Pinover Schiff
James Snyder
Ellen & Bill Taubman
Ian Taylor
Alice Walton
Monique Schoen Warshaw
Angela Westwater / Sperone Westwater
Elaine & James Wolfensohn
Pamala Wright

Special Thanks

Chronicle Books
Project Projects
Matthew Robbins Design

(list in formation as of 09.06.17)


Estimated fair-market value of the gala dinner is $250 per person. Contributions in excess of that amount are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


To buy an advertisement in the gala journal, download our order form.

For more information, please contact Kristin Sarli at ksarli@amfedarts.org or 212.988.7700 x 209.


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