On Friday, April 26, The Studio Museum in Harlem welcomed 350 artists, philanthropists, cultural, civic, and business leaders to its annual spring luncheon at Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, NY.
The event supports the Museum’s interdisciplinary and multidimensional education programs. The event honored the life and legacy of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, and continued the celebration of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary. The luncheon was attended by notable guests including Museum Trustees Laura Day Baker, Kathryn C. Chenault, Joan S. Davidson, Carol Sutton Lewis, Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi, Holly Peterson, Ann Tenenbaum, and Lise Wilks; artists Simone Leigh, Lorna Simpson, Allison Janae Hamilton, Kambui Olujimi, and Andre D. Wagner; civic leader Roxanne John; philanthropist Laurie Tisch; cultural leaders Glenn D. Lowry and Jonelle Procope; and musician Alicia Keys.
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum, welcomed guests and spoke about the profound legacy of Peggy Cooper Cafritz
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Golden described the vital impact of the Museum’s educational programs and the ongoing programming in Harlem and beyond as the Studio Museum constructs its new home, designed by Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates with Cooper Robertson. Following Golden’s remarks, Ashley Teague, a student from the Museum’s signature teen program Expanding the Walls, gave a moving speech about her experience and sang an original song for the group.
The event was hosted by the Studio Museum’s 50th Anniversary Circle, with Frank and Laura Baker, Kathyrn C. Chenault, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi, Holly Peterson, Ann Tenenbaum, and Thomas H. Lee.