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2015 NYC Spring Gala

April 22, 2015
(L-R) Honorees James Turrell, Carrie Mae Weems and Robert B. Silvers
Photo by Christine Butler.
(L-R) Trustee & Gala Chair Cary Davis, Gala Chair Suzanne Deal Booth, James Turrell, Carrie Mae Weems, President Mark Robbins, Trustee Chair Mary Margaret Jones
Photo by Christine Butler.
Trustee Nancy Novogrod, Alexandra Champalimaud, AAR Director Kim Bowes and Trustee Martin Brody
Photo by Christine Butler.
Richard Olcott, Spring Gala guest and Doug Argue
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AAR Arts Director Peter Benson Miller with Rose-Anne Bartholomew
Photo by Christine Butler.
David Tedeschi,Trustee Rea Hederman, Honoree Robert B. Silvers, Margaret Bodde, Angela Hederman, Jane Prikryl and Colin Gee
Photo by Christine Butler.
Trustee Michael Putnam, Suzanne Lieboldt, Trustee David Kertzer, Susan Kertzer, and Ken Gaulin
Photo by Christine Butler.
Trustee John Shapiro and John Novogrod
Photo by Christine Butler.
Diane Britz Lotti, Gala guest, Nomi Ghez and Michael Siegal
Photo by Christine Butler.
Trustee Tod Williams, AAR Deputy Director Cristina Puglisi and Billie Tsien
Photo by Christine Butler.
Academy President Mark Robbins and Alice Walton
Photo by Christine Butler.
Nina Lesavoy and Marion Lesavoy
Photo by Christine Butler.
Academy Board of Trustees Chair Mary Margaret Jones and Spring Gala guest
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(L-R): Sharon Davis, Deborah Willis, Jacqueline Bradley, Betty Robbins, Honoree Carrie Mae Weems and Elisabeth Sann
Photo by Christine Butler.
(L-R): Peggy Fogleman, Carrie Mae Weems, Agnes Gund, Jeffery Hoone, Sydie Lansing, Catherine Gund, Trustee Lyle Ashton Harris and Jacqueline Bradley
Photo by Christine Butler.
Alice Walton and Mercedes T. Bass at AAR Spring Gala
Photo by Christine Butler.
(L-R): Brian Sawyer, Gunnar Spaulding, John McGinn, Shelley Fox Aarons, Trustee Cary J. Davis, Mario Palumbo, Phil Aarons, Robert Marc, Caroline Fitzgibbons, Charles Myers
Photo by Christine Butler.
Honorees Carrie Mae Weems and Robert B. Silvers
Photo by Christine Butler.
(L-R): Lynn Nesbit, Linda Wachner, Bob Colacello
Photo by Christine Butler.
Trustee Mary Margaret Jones and Helen Drutt English
Photo by Christine Butler.
Jamie Denburg, Mitchell Denberg, Gala Co-chair Suzanne Deal Booth
Photo by Christine Butler.
Trustee Calvin Tsao with Carol and Paul Bentel
Photo by Christine Butler.
Sharon Davis (c) with Spring Gala guests
Photo by Christine Butler.
Wendy Evans Joseph, Jeffrey Ravetch and AAR Board Chair Mary Margaret Jones
Photo by Christine Butler.
Academy President Mark Robbins with Giorgio Gallenzi
Photo by Christine Butler.
Spring Gala.
Photo by Christine Butler.
Mercedes T Bass and Robert Colacello at AAR Spring Gala
Photo by Christine Butler.
(L-R): Catherine Gund, Mario Palumbo, Shelley Fox Aarons, Phil Aarons, Trustees Cary Davis and Lyle Ashton Harris
Photo by Christine Butler.
Susan and Peter Nitze at AAR Spring Gala
Photo by Christine Butler.
Erin Booth, Alice Walton and Suzanne Deal Booth
Photo by Christine Butler.
2015 Spring Gala
Photo by Christine Butler.
Honoree Carrie Mae Weems and Presenter Agnes Gund at the 2015 Spring Gala.
Photo by Christine Butler.
Spring Gala Honoree James Turrell with Gala Chair Suzanne Deal Booth
Photo by Christine Butler.
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The American Academy in Rome’s 2015 Spring Gala was held last Wednesday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.  The festive event honored three individuals whose work in the arts and humanities represents the very best of the energetic scholarly and artistic activity that takes place at the American Academy in Rome every day. Photographer and visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, FAAR ’06, New York Review of Books editor Robert B. Silvers, and sound and light artist James Turrell, chosen as this year’s honorees because of their important contributions to the arts, accepted the Academy’s Centennial Medal before an audience of publishing, art world, and corporate luminaries. 

Silvers, introduced on video by Martin Scorsese, reminded us in his speech of the important link between American and European cultural history, and pointed out AAR’s contribution in honing and upholding this tradition. The gala itself, co-chaired by Suzanne Deal Booth and Cary J. Davis, played an important role in that ongoing intercontinental relation. The funds raised at the event provide significant support for the work of the artists and scholars in residence at the Janiculum.