Special Event

2022 AFA Fall Dinner

Monday, November 7, 2022
6:30 PM Cocktails
7:00-9:00 PM Dinner and Program

A Private Club in NYC

The AFA was pleased to hold its 2022 Fall Dinner featuring a conversation with Richard Armstrong, Retiring Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

It was a festive fall evening with the American Federation of Arts as we toasted the achievements of Richard Armstrong, Retiring Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. During this intimate affair, Pauline Forlenza (formerly Willis), AFA Director and CEO, and Richard Armstrong engaged in a unique Director’s Dialogue. The AFA also announced its upcoming season of exciting traveling exhibitions, which will be touring twenty-seven cities throughout the next year.

The AFA’s Fall Dinner will brought together art lovers for a special evening that benefited our innovative and diverse exhibitions and programs.

*Dress code is business attire.


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*Men are required to wear jackets, dress shirts and ties. Women are required to wear clothing meeting similar standards: tailored clothing that otherwise conforms to this rule including suits, dresses and skirts or tailored trousers with dress shirts, blouses or sweaters. Jeans, shorts, capris, sneakers, flip flops and other such casual sportswear are not considered appropriate attire.

Richard Armstrong leads the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and its constellation of museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Armstrong also serves on the Foundation’s board of trustees.

Since Armstrong was named to the directorship in November 2008, the Guggenheim has undertaken global initiatives to broaden the geographical scope of the museum’s collection and activities, including the Asian Art Initiative and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. With an emphasis on scholarship, exploring lesser-known histories, and in-depth presentations of single artists, exhibitions presented under Armstrong’s direction include ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s; On Kawara—Silence; Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting; Agnes Martin; Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World; Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future; and Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim, among others.

Previously, Armstrong was the Henry J. Heinz II Director at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh where he began as a curator in 1992. Beginning in 1981, Armstrong worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, first as a co-leader of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and then as a curator where he co-organized four Whitney Biennials and numerous other exhibitions. In 1980, he served on the Artists Committee to organize the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. He began his career as a curator at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California.

Armstrong serves on a number of foundation boards and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Armstrong graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois with a BA in art history and subsequently studied at the Université de Dijon and the Université de Paris, Sorbonne.


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