TWO x TWO x TEN: Celebrating Ten Years of Two by Two for AIDS and Art

Begin Date2008-10-12
End Date2009-01-04
Last Harvested At2014-12-19
Credit LineTWO x TWO x TEN: Celebrating Ten Years of Two by Two for AIDS and Art is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition is presented by Deloitte LLP and by the Contemporary Art Fund through a bequest from the estate of Brooke Aldridge in honor of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Laura and Walter Elcock, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Kenny Goss and George Michael, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite S. Hoffman, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionOn October 25, 2008, the Dallas Museum of Art and the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) hosted the tenth annual Two by Two for AIDS and Art at The Rachofsky House in Dallas, Texas. Since its inception, this event, spearheaded by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and its related activities have raised approximately $17 million for the contemporary art acquisition funds at the Dallas Museum of Art and for AIDS research and programs undertaken by amfAR. Two by Two has become the single largest annual source of contemporary art funds for the Dallas Museum of Art, and the largest single annual fundraising amfAR event in this country. In celebration of the major effect Two by Two has had on the Dallas Museum of Art's collection, the DMA will present in its Tower Gallery TWO x TWO x TEN: Celebrating Ten Years of Two by Two for AIDS and Art, a concise selection of works that represent how through this fund the Dallas Museum of Art has been able to acquire in the past decade major works of the highest quality that have immeasurably increased the scope and depth of its contemporary art collection. "With extreme gratitude for and appreciation of the incredible effort on behalf of our great Museum patrons Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, the entire Two by Two initiative has been essential in expanding the DMA's contemporary art collection, and has launched the Museum into the front ranks of collecting institutions," said Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. "We are delighted to present this important exhibition to celebrate with our Museum visitors the magnificent contemporary artwork that our benefactors, collectors and supporters, through their enormous generosity, have brought to our community." From the early acquisition of the complete editioned work of Gerhard Richter and a masterpiece of painting by Sigmar Polke, to a recent major sculpture by Charles Ray, the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, supported by the Two by Two event, has made possible the acquisition of approximately sixty works of art to date, covering the full scope of contemporary artistic expression from painting, sculpture, and works on paper to media works and installations. TWO x TWO x TEN: Celebrating Ten Years of Two by Two for AIDS and Art is organized by Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. "It's a difficult task, one that every curator dreams of having, to choose works for this exhibition since there are so many great things we have acquired with Two by Two funds," commented Wylie. "We simply wouldn't have been able to obtain this range of works - painting, sculpture, installation, media, prints, drawings and photographs by nearly fifty artists - without Two by Two. It has allowed us to act quickly in an environment that is very challenging for collecting museums, and has given us the wherewithal to make truly adventurous and major purchases. In a word, the Two by Two funds have been transformative." TWO x TWO x TEN: Celebrating Ten Years of Two by Two for AIDS and Art is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition was accompanied by a brochure.
Attendance17701
LocationTower Gallery
CuratorsCharles Wylie
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