Guggenheim International Gala, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, November 15, 2023. Photo: Yvonne Tnt/ © BFA 2023

The Benefit Dinner Featured Special Performances by Jasmine Rice LaBeija and Aaron Diehl and the Ellington Alumni Jazz Orchestra

On the evening of November 15, the Guggenheim Museum celebrated its 2023 International Gala. The event honored Gail and Alfred Engelberg, as well as artist Sarah Sze for their vital roles in advancing the institution’s initiatives.

Held in the museum’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda, the event began with an exhibition viewing of Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility and a reception at the museum’s Café Rebay. The night continued with two unique pop-up opera performances by Juilliard trained tenor and drag artist Jasmine Rice LaBeija accompanied by pianist Lachlan Glen, followed by a seated dinner and a tribute to the evening’s esteemed honorees. The Gala concluded with a special musical performance by critically acclaimed pianist and composer Aaron Diehl and the Ellington Alumni Jazz Orchestra.

Guests at the benefit dinner included Tanya Bonakdar, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Donna DeSalvo, Yvonne Force Villareal, Larry Gagosian, RoseLee Goldberg, Noah Horowitz, Dakota Jackson, Bonnie Lautenberg, Don Lemon, Siddartha Mukherjee, Jeanne Rohatyn, Carol Saper, James and Tina Snyder. Artists in attendance included Firelei Báez, Sanford Biggers, Jordan Casteel, Sarah Crowner, Karon Davis, Alteronce Gumby, Oded Halamy, Rashid Johnson, Matvey Levenstein, Kambui Olujimi, Gedi Sibony, Pat Steir, Sarah Sze, Mika Tajima, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Lisa Yuskavage, and Christopher Wool.

This year the Guggenheim International Gala raised over $2.2 million in support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. As the museum’s signature annual fundraising event, the Gala greatly supports the advancement of the museum’s array of internationally acclaimed exhibitions, educational programs, and forward-thinking initiatives and honors the visionary individuals who invigorate our future.

2023 Guggenheim International Gala Visionary Cochairs are Abigail Baratta, Gail and Alfred Engelberg, Wendy Fisher, Larry Gagosian, Barbara and Andrew Gundlach, Janine and J. Tomilson Hill, Peter O. Lawson-Johnston, Sr., Peter Lawson-Johnston II, Phyllis and Bill Mack, Pilar Crespi Robert and Stephen Robert, Anne Hubard and Harvey Schwartz, Frank Yu; Cochairs Lisa M. Baker, Valerie and Charles Diker; Vice-Chairs Benan and Thomas Ellis, Rashid Johnson and Sheree Hovsepian, Linda Macklowe, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Denise and Andrew Saul; Host Committee Christina Baker, Paul and Caroline Cronson, The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The international constellation of museums includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is now among a group of eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the United States recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit



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