Two X Two Sold Out, Get A First Look

twoxtwoOne of Dallas most high profile charity events is again, SOLD OUT. But you can get a first look at the pre event aptly called “First Look”.

Here are the deets:

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, hosts for the annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, have confirmed that multiple GRAMMY winner and international pop icon Ricky Martin will perform at the sold out ( sorry, folks!) 18th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art fundraising event. “Ricky Martin is world-renowned and is a longtime supporter of organizations focused on AIDS research and awareness. We are thrilled to have him in Dallas and we are certain he will rock the TWO x TWO tent on October 22 with his high energy music performance,” said Cindy Rachofsky. “We are so pleased to welcome Teddy Sears to TWO x TWO for a second year.  He brings a star presence and outstanding charisma to our master of ceremonies role.” Ricky Martin, one of the leading music figures of his generation, is beloved by fans worldwide for his instinctive understanding of rhythm, passion for performing, and compassion for giving. Declared “an international pop icon and Latin Music’s Global Ambassador” by Billboard, Ricky Martin has sold over 70 million albums and continues to perform to sold-out audiences.

Since its inception seventeen years ago, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art  has raised over $60 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Chaired by noted philanthropist, art patron and longtime TWO x TWO supporter Nancy C. Rogers, the 2015 event raised a record-breaking $8.6 million. Mrs. Rogers has returned as the 2016 chairman. To date, the Dallas Museum of Art has added over 220 major works of contemporary art to their permanent collection with TWO x TWO proceeds donated to their Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund and exhibitions.

Noted artist Laura Owens has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 amfAR Award for Excellence for Artistic Contribution to the Fight Against AIDS. She will be honored at a brunch on Sunday, October 23. Past TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art honorees include renowned artists Ellsworth Kelly, Wade Guyton, Luc Tuymans, Richard Phillips, Mark Grotjahn, Christopher Wool, Peter Doig, Jim Hodges, Elizabeth Peyton, Tom Friedman, Cecily Brown, Julian Schnabel, April Gornik, Ed Ruscha, Joel Shapiro, and Robert Rauschenberg. Drawing prominent artists, art collectors and philanthropists from around the world, the annual TWO x TWO black-tie gala has evolved into a week full of social events aimed at recognizing the progress of amfAR and engaging the arts community of Dallas. It is the largest U.S. fundraiser for both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. An eagerly anticipated event that quickly sells out every year, the benefit features a seated dinner for 450 guests under a geodesic dome tent with both a live and silent auction consisting of major works of contemporary art and unique luxury items.

The Saturday night gala and auction, conducted by Jamie Niven, Former Chairman, Sotheby’s, The Americas; with actor Teddy Sears as M.C., has included VIP celebrity guests such as Alan Cumming, a dedicated supporter of TWO x TWO who has made numerous appearances at the event as both emcee and as a featured performer; Harry Belafonte, Taylor Dayne, CeeLo Green, John Benjamin Hickey, Cheyenne Jackson, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Shirley MacLaine, Barry Manilow, Gilles Marini, Jesse Metcalfe, Liza Minnelli, Natasha Richardson, Gavin Rossdale, Sharon Stone, Robin Thicke, Stanley Tucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dita Von Teese and Sigourney Weaver.

The Rachofsky House is also open for guest tours of the TWO x TWO exhibition during the two weeks leading up to the gala. During these two weeks of public and private guest tours, preview parties and events over 1,500 people will visit the Rachofsky House.

All sponsors and donated lots are featured in hard copy catalogues, which feature the artist and gallery websites, and which are sent to collectors around the globe for absentee bidding.

National and international sponsors have partnered with TWO x TWO over the years.  Currently, the list of sponsors for the 18th anniversary weekend includes:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Harry Winston and Cadillac
  • Diamond Sponsor: Nancy C. Rogers
  • Platinum Sponsor: Sotheby’s and Dom Pérignon
  • First Look: Presented by Fossil®
  • Additional sponsors (alphabetical order): Chanel, Chubb Personal Insurance, Citi Private Bank, Moët Hennessy USA, Ron and Maryellen Spears Foundation, Tim Headington on behalf of the Joule Hotel, Todd Events, U.S. Trust, Waldman Bros. Full listing of sponsors

Prior to the gala and auction dinner on Saturday, October 22, there will be several distinctive and exciting events which are part of the 2016 TWO x TWO schedule

Thursday, October 20 FIRST LOOK: A Preview Party and Fundraiser  Presented by Fossil® Chairmen Taylor Tomasi Hill, Jill Elliott and Brian Bolke Cuisine by Lombardi Family Concepts Sips by Belvedere Tickets $500 each; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at The Rachofsky House

Sunday, October 23 Sunday Brunch and Award Presentation By invitation only Honoring Laura Owens, Recipient of amfAR’s 2016 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS Hosted by Cindy & Howard Rachofsky 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Warehouse, Dallas, TX

About TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Since its inception 17 years ago, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised over $60 million in support of amfAR’s essential AIDS research initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund.  To date, over 220 exceptional works of art have been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art with proceeds from TWO x TWO exclusively from dealers and artists who have supported TWO x TWO in the past. This reinvestment strategy creates a synergistic partnership designed to benefit all associated with the event. TWO x TWO has become amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States and is also the DMA’s largest fundraiser. All donated artwork is installed in the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House and is on view during the two weeks prior to the auction for a series of events and range of collecting audiences among the 1,500+ visitors. All sponsors and donated lots are featured in superb hard copy catalogues, which feature the artist and gallery websites, and which are sent to collectors around the globe for absentee bidding.

BENEFICIARIES amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, founded in 1985, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. Intensifying its research efforts, in 2014 amfAR launched the “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a bold new initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020 and supported by a $100 million research investment strategy. The cornerstone of the strategy is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, established on World AIDS Day 2015 and situated at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $450 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.  TWO x TWO is amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States.

The Dallas Museum of Art, established in 1903, has an encyclopedic collection of more than 26,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all media with renowned strengths in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia, and South Asia; European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; and American and international contemporary art. The Dallas Museum of Art is the anchor of the Dallas Arts District and serves as a cultural magnet for the city with diverse programming ranging from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations. The Museum serves more than one-half million visitors a year and offers more than 3,500 education and public programs annually, designed to engage people of all ages with the power and excitement of art.  The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Proceeds from TWO x TWO support the DMA’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund and exhibitions and have been used to purchase over 220 major works of contemporary art for the museum over the last seventeen years.


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