2020 Annual Gala

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In the best interests of our honorees, friends, donors, and staff, we are postponing our 2020 gala. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 and will announce a new date when it is prudent to do so. In the meantime, please stay tuned for information about virtual events to celebrate the work you so generously support.

Only 35% of our funding comes from the federal government. We rely on individual donors like you to help fund the remainder and the gala is our single largest fundraiser of the year. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Archives of American Art in the amount you would have contributed to buy a ticket or table. Your gift helps ensure that we can fulfill our mission to keep alive the history of American art for current and future generations. Thank you.

In 2021, we will present artist Ursula von Rydingsvard and philanthropist and entrepreneur Peter Brant with the Archives of American Art Medal, honoring distinguished members of the American arts community.

The Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History will also be conferred on Lowery Stokes Sims. The Award was created in 1998 by Trustee Emerita Barbara G. Fleischman as a tribute to her late husband, who co-founded the Archives with Edward Richardson in 1954.

Archives of American Art Medal Past Honorees

The Archives of American Art Medal honors distinguished members of the American art community.

2019    Howardena Pindell
            American Academy of Arts and Letters

2018     Sam Gilliam
             Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

2017     Sharon Percy Rockefeller
             Glenn Ligon 

2016     Steve Martin
             Catherine Opie

2015     Ford Foundation
             Robert Gober

2014     Robert  E. Meyerhoff
             Claes Oldenburg

2013     James Turrell
             Alice Walton

2012     Richard Serra
             Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy

2011     Cindy Sherman
            The Leadership of Ann L. Gund,
            Jo Carole Lauder, Wendy W. Luers, Carol Price, &
            Eden Rafshoon of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies

2010     Mark di Suvero
             Sheila Hicks
             Don & Mera Rubell

2009     Richard Artschwager
              Douglas S. Cramer
              Jack Lenor Larsen

2008     Ellen Phelan
              Joel Shapiro
              Joan T. Washburn
              Virginia M. Zabriskie

2007     John Baldessari

2006     Paula Cooper

2005     Barbara G. Fleischman & the Fleischman Legacy

2004     Eli Broad

2003     Rita Fraad & Margaret & Raymond Horowitz

2002     André Emmerich

2001     Wayne Thiebaud

2000     Salute to the Founders of the Archives of American Art

1999     Ellsworth Kelly

1998     Robert Hughes

1996     Chuck Close

1994     Agnes Gund

1993     Frank Stella

1991     Roy Lichtenstein

1990     Richard Manoogian

1988     Benjamin D. Holloway

Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History 

The Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History originated in 1998 by Trustee Barbara G. Fleischman as a tribute to her late husband, who founded the Archives in 1954.

2019      Alexander Nemerov

2018      Cécile Whiting

2017      Tomás Ybarra-Frausto

2016      Thomas Crow

2015      William H. Truettner

2014      Teresa A. Carbone

2013      Richard J. Powell

2012      Morrison H. Heckscher

2011       Dore Ashton

2010      William H. Gerdts

2009      Klaus Kertess

2008      Neil Harris

2007      H. Barbara Weinberg

2006      Wanda Corn

2005      Helen A. Cooper

2004      Robert Storr

2003      Barbara Haskell

2002      Linda Ferber

2001      Jules Prown

2000     John K. Howat

1999      Barbara Novak

1998      John Wilmerding

Archives of American Art Award for Philanthropic Leadership

2014      Terra Foundation for American Art

Since 1958, our Oral History Program has preserved the distinct voices and human memory of the American art world in more than 2,400 interviews. Our oral history program creates unique, lengthy exchanges between interviewers and narrators, conversations that yield a richness of detail and a sense of character not available in other primary sources. These recordings chronicle the great diversity of the American art scene, augmenting and refining our perception of individual artists, dealers, critics, and curators and their social and professional worlds. Common themes, such as artists' educational backgrounds, working methods, sources of inspiration, technical innovations, and issues of patronage emerge across artistic mediums and across generations.

Recent oral history initiatives include:

Watch the film Archives of American Art—Dig Deep, which we premiered at the 2019 Gala:

Photographs from the 2019 Gala

Photographs by Sara Beth Turner, 2019.

  • The Board of Trustees of the Archives of American Art pose for a photograph at the 2019 gala.

    The Board of Trustees of the Archives of American Art at the 2019 gala

  • Howardena Pindell and Ko Smith pose for a photograph during the cocktail hour.

    Howardena Pindell and Ko Smith

  • Billie Tsien, Judy Pfaff, and Susanne Emmerich pose for a photograph during cocktail hour.

    Billie Tsien, Judy Pfaff, and Susanne Emmerich

  • William H. Truettner and Alexander Nemerov pose for a photograph during cocktail hour.

    William H. Truettner and Alexander Nemerov

  • Jessica Strother, Mariah Strongin, and Renee Cox pose for a photograph during the after party.

    Jessica Strother, Mariah Strongin, and Renee Cox

  • Kate Haw and Darren Waterston pose for a photograph during cocktail hour.

    Kate Haw and Darren Waterston

  • Erin Gilbert and Oliver Lee Jackson dance at the 2019 gala after party.

    Erin Gilbert and Oliver Lee Jackson

  • Josh Franco and María Elena González chat over cocktails at the 2019 gala.

    Josh T. Franco and María Elena González

  • Catherine Moody listens to the presenters at the 2019 gala.

    Catherine Moody

  • Howardena Pindell receives a standing ovation at the 2019 gala.

    A standing ovation for Howardena Pindell