2012 SPRING BENEFIT AUCTION HONORING AI WEIWEI

WHITE BOX SPRING BENEFIT 2012 HONORING AI WEIWEI LIVE VIA SKYPE AT WHITE BOX Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 6 – 10pm

White Box is pleased to announce its Spring Benefit 2012, honoring the extraordinary work of artist, architect and activist Ai Weiwei with the 1st Richard J. Massey Foundation/White Box Arts and Humanity Award. White Box invited internationally renowned artist Navarro to create a unique artwork to be presented to Ai Weiwei in conjunction with a monetary award. Award presenters will be Jerome A. Cohen, Eleanor Heartney and Richard J. Massey. At 9pm, Ai Weiwei will appear LIVE via Skype to accept the award and will make a brief statement. A LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST of the entire event can be viewed on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/whiteboxny
from www.whiteboxny.org, our Facebook page and http://www.facebook.com/djspooky.

The benefit event will be hosted by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky and will include a live auction, conducted by Phillips de Pury & Company Celebrity Auctioneer, CK Swett, featuring works by artists such as Shirin Neshat, Vito Acconci, Santi Moix, Tim Rollins + K.O.S., Pat Steir, James Nares, Dan Graham, and many more. There will also be a silent auction along with a special section of unique artist-made postcards inscribed with messages to Ai Weiwei for sale. Following the Ai Weiwei’s Skype appearance are special performances by Paul D. Miller, and a duet-in-progress choreographed by Vicky Shick (Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer) to be performed for the first time with Robert Swinston (Director of Choreography, Merce Cunningham Trust).

PROGRAM 6 – 7pm | Auction previews, VIP Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres & a set by AJ Slim 7pm | Doors open 8pm | Live Auction with Phillips de Pury & Company Celebrity Auctioneer CK Swett 8:45pm | Award presentation and opening remarks by Jerome A. Cohen, Eleanor Heartney and Richard J. Massey 9pm | Award acceptance by Ai Weiwei LIVE via Skype 9:15 – 10pm | Special performances by DJ Spooky, Robert Swinston and Vicky Shick
All benefit proceeds support White Box exhibitions, programs, and new initiatives. Tickets are fully tax- deductible.

ARTISTS: Vito Acconci | William Anastasi | Ida Applebroog | John Aslanidis | Luis Cruz Azaceta | Olivier Bardin | Dara Birnbaum | Ross Bleckner | Romulo Bosch Sans | Hans Breder | Stefano Cagol | Nayda Collazo-Llorens | Annabel Daou | Jaime Davidovich | Agathe de Bailliencourt | Braco Dimitrijevich | caraballo-farman | Peter Fend | Louise Fishman | Jan Frank | Eldon Garnet | Cristos Gianakos | Leon Golub | Dan Graham | Brent Green | Marcia Grostein | Jeffrey Hargrave | Claudio Herrera | Gary Hill | Alfredo Jaar | Ali Hossaini | Richard Humann | James Hyde | Gabriel J. Shuldiner | Luis Jimenez | Jerry Kearns | Alison Knowles | Joseph Kosuth | Anna Kunz | Kim Levin | Marcos Lopez | Burton Machen | Teresa Margolles | Marina Markovic | Maripol | Alfredo Martinez | Mary Mattingly | David Medalla | Komar & Melamid | Paul D. Miller | Santi Moix | James Nares | Iván Navarro | Shirin Neshat | John Newsom | Lindsey Nobel | Adrian Piper | Lucio Pozzi | Carlos Rigau | Tim Rollins + K.O.S. | Barbara Rosenthal | Ben Sakoguchi | Andres Serrano | Ushio Shinohara | Gabriel J. Shuldiner | Lorna Simpson | Pat Steir | Robert Storr | Vargas Suarez-Universal | Jorge Tacla | Nathalie Talec | Javier Tellez | Mookie Tenembaum | Sarah Tse | So Young Yang | and many more…

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