Special Event

2023 Spring Luncheon featuring Sanford Biggers

Thursday, June 8
12:00-2:00 PM

583 Park Avenue

On Thursday, June 8th, the American Federation of Arts held its 2023 Spring Luncheon featuring Sanford Biggers, interdisciplinary conceptual artist, as its guest speaker. 

Back in person for the first time since 2019, we were thrilled to welcome guest speaker Sanford Biggers, who was in conversation with Trevor Schoonmaker, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The Spring Luncheon brought together a passionate community of artists, scholars, collectors, museum directors, and distinguished professionals to support the AFA’s important work.

With several exhibition openings under way in 2023 and a variety of new projects on the horizon, the AFA remains committed to its mission of expanding arts access through touring exhibitions and a robust offering of public programs.

You still have an opportunity to support our touring exhibitions and programs! Your donation helps enrich arts communities across the country and beyond. Thank you!


Spring Luncheon Leadership

Elizabeth Belfer
Martha MacMillan
Jennifer New

Lorre Erlick
Clare E. McKeon
Stephen Reily
Kimerly Rorschach
Belinda A. Tate

Host Committee

A. Alfred Taubman Foundation
Maxwell L. Anderson
Betsy Shack Barbanell
Annette Blaugrund, PhD
Isolde Brielmaier
Renee Cox
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Brian Ferriso
Leslie & Tom L. Freudenheim
Lee White Galvis
Miki Garcia
Judith A. Garson
Elaine Goldman
Andrea Grover
Pamela L. Grutman and Bennet H. Grutman
Agnes Gund
Lyle Ashton Harris
Linda C. Harrison
Anthony Hirschel
Phyllis Hollis
Elizabeth Madigan Jost
Kaye Spiegler PLLC
Roya Khadjavi
Stephanie R. La Nasa
Barbara & Richard S. Lane
Mary Lapides
NancyJane & Jeffrey M. Loewy
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Claire Marmion
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Brooke A. Minto
Monique Meloche Gallery
Arcmanoro Niles
Lorraine O’Grady
CCH Pounder
Legacy Russell
Betsy Pinover Schiff
Angelica Semmelbauer
Shinique Smith
Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Ellen & Bill Taubman
Susan M. Taylor
Victoria Triplett
Nari Ward
Monique Schoen Warshaw
Yaél M. Weitz
Gabrielle M. Wilson
Cecilia Wolfson
In formation as of 4.24.23

Photo: Matthew Morrocco

Sanford Biggers (b. 1970) was raised in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in New York City. His work is an interplay of narrative, perspective, and history that speaks to both current socio-political issues and often overlooked historical occurrences. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (2020); 2019 inductee into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame; and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2018).

His work has been shown in several institutional solo and group exhibitions, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2021); California African American Museum (2021); Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017); and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2016). Sanford is Board President at Sculpture Center and is creative director and keyboardist of Moon Medicin, a multimedia concept band.


Trevor Schoonmaker is the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Hired in 2006 as its first contemporary art curator, he has helped shape the museum’s curatorial vision and contemporary art collection. Under his leadership, the museum has sought to recognize and support diverse artists who have been historically underrepresented. Other career highlights include organizing the New Orleans Triennial, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (2017) and curating Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2003). Schoonmaker has written and lectured on contemporary art for many institutions and has served on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts from 2010-2018. Schoonmaker is the editor of Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (2003) and in 2001 co-founded with DJ Rich Medina the Fela-inspired club night, Jump N Funk.



More Events