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2024 Spring Luncheon featuring Tschabalala Self

Tuesday, May 21
12:00-2:00 PM

583 Park Avenue, NYC


On Tuesday, May 21st, the American Federation of Arts was pleased to host its 2024 Spring Luncheon featuring contemporary artist and painter Tschabalala Self in conversation with Kimberli Gant, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum. 

The Spring Luncheon brought together a passionate community of artists, scholars, collectors, museum directors, and distinguished professionals to celebrate the brilliant artist Tschabalala Self and support the AFA’s important work.

With several exhibition openings under way, 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.

There’s still time to support! Your donations ensures that audiences of all backgrounds can experience the transformative power of art. Thank you!

Photos courtesy of Udo Salters via Getty and Margaret Fox Photography.


Spring Luncheon Leadership


Elizabeth Belfer

Komal Shah


Lorre Erlick

Christian Levett

Clare E. McKeon

Stephen Reily

Kimerly Rorschach

Host Committee

Betsy Shack Barbanell

Tsipi Ben-Haim

Jonathan P. Binstock, PhD

Annette Blaugrund, PhD

Janis Gardner Cecil


Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Mark Dion

Brian J. Ferriso

Leslie & Tom L. Freudenheim


Lee White Galvis &

          Sergio Galvis

Judith A. Garson

Elaine Goldman

Alva G. Greenberg

Maren Hassinger

Lauren Haynes

Anthony Hirschel

Elizabeth Madigan Jost

Kaye Spiegler PLLC

Roya Khadjavi

Ligel Lambert

Barbara & Richard S. Lane

Mary Lapides

Arnold L. Lehman

NancyJane & Jeffrey M. Loewy

Claire Marmion

PURE Insurance

Gabrielle Richter

Alexis Rockman

Patricia Ruiz-Healy

Legacy Russell

Capera Ryan

Betsy Pinover Schiff &

           Edward Schiff

Angelica Semmelbauer

Cindy Sherman

James S. Snyder &

        Tina D. Snyder

Belinda Tate

Ellen & Bill Taubman

Ian Taylor

Susan Taylor

Two Palms, NY

Kay WalkingStick

Monique Schoen Warshaw

Sandra Warshawsky

Daniel Weiss

Yaél M. Weitz

Julián Zugazagoitia


In formation as of 5.8.24


Tschabalala Self (b. 1990, Harlem, NY) lives and works in upstate New York. Self graduated with a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, in 2012 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 2015. Solo exhibitions include Around the Way, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland (2024); Feed Me, Kiss Me, Need Me, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, Grimbergen, Belgium (2023); Spaces and Places, Eva Presenhuber Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland (2023); Seated, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom (2023); Inside Out, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2023); and Home Body, Pilar Corrias, London, United Kingdom (2022), among others. Recent group exhibitions include Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, The Barbican, London, United Kingdom (2024); Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2024); Making Their Mark, Shah Garg Foundation, New York, NY (2023); It doesn’t go away even if you stop believing in it, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France (2023); and The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (2023); among others.

Kimberli Gant is the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She was previously the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, and has also worked as the Mellon Doctoral Fellow at the Newark Museum, and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA).

She has curated numerous exhibitions and gallery reinstallations including Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys (2024), Spike Lee: Creative Sources (2023), Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence & the Mbari Club(2022), Journey’s Across the Border: U.S. & Mexico (2021-22), Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People (2021), Brendan Fernandes: Bodily Forms (2020), and John Akomfrah: Tropikos (2019). Gant received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas Austin (2017), and holds both a MA and BA in Art History from Columbia University (2009) and Pitzer College (2002).

Gant has published scholarly work  in academic books, such as Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (2015), art publications such as NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Lies and African Arts, and exhibition catalogues for The Chrysler Museum, The Newark Museum, The Contemporary Austin, the Studio Museum of Harlem, MoCADA, Paris Photo, and the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos.


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