Photo Flash: Michael Findlay, Elliot Goldenthal, Mira Nair and Fred Wilson at NYFA Hall of Fame Event
The NYFA Hall of Fame was created to both honor the work of artists to whom NYFA provided critical support early in their careers and recognize philanthropists and patrons of the arts who have had an impact of the City's cultural community. Past honorees include: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio; Todd Haynes; Christian Marclay; Kathleen O'Grady; Suzan-Lori Parks; Wendy Perron; Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, and Andres Serrano. Bios of 2013 inductees (photos are available):
Michael Findlay (Patron of the Arts) is the Co-Director of Acquavella Galleries, which specializes in Impressionist and Modern European works of art and post-war American painting and sculpture. In 1973 Findlay helped organize an art auction at Sotheby Parke-Bernet to benefit survivors of the Nicaraguan earthquake and since then has been involved in many such fund-raising activities. As Vice President of the Art Dealers Association of America, Findlay assisted in the recent appeal that raised over a million dollars to benefit non-profit and commercial galleries devastated by Hurricane Sandy. His book The Value of Art was published by Prestel Publishing in 2012. Mr. Findlay was introduced by visual artist Billy Sullivan.
Elliot Goldenthal (NYFA Fellow in Music Composition, 1989) creates works for orchestra, theater, opera, ballet and film. In 2006, his original two-act opera Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles Opera, and was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music. He was commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre to compose a three-act ballet of Othello, which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1997. His large-scale symphonic piece, Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio, was commissioned by the Pacific Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. In 2003, he was honored with the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for Frida and received an Oscar nomination for the film's original song and previous Oscar nominations for his music for Interview With the Vampire and Michael Collins. He has also received two Golden Globe nominations, three Grammy Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination. The Joffrey Ballet's season concludes this spring in Chicago with Lar Lubovitch's three-act ballet Othello with music by Goldenthal. The production opened to rave reviews last week and runs through May 5. Goldenthal is composing the original music for a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to be directed by Taymor for Theatre for a New Audience this Fall. Mr. Goldenthal was introduced by soprano Jessye Norman.
Mira Nair (NYFA Fellow in Film, 1988) is a writer, director, and producer. At the University of Delhi she started out in the theater department acting, but turned to photography and eventually to documentary filmmaking at Harvard. She made four documentaries about Indian life and society. In 1988, Nair's first feature film, Salaam Bombay!, won the Camera d'Or for Best First Film at the Cannes Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. In 2004 she launched a film lab called Maisha, based in Uganda as a home for East African and South Asian filmmakers to gather and learn new skills. Her other films include: Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, Vanity Fair and Amelia; her latest film,The Reluctant Fundamentalist, will be released by IFC Films in April.Ms. Nair was introduced by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker.
FrEd Wilson (NYFA Fellow in Sculpture, 1987, 1991) is an internationally renowned artist whose work has been exhibited in cultural institutions and public spaces throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including the 50th Venice Biennale at which Wilson represented the United States. Wilson received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Achievement Award in 1999 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 2000. He is the board president of Sculpture center, a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and a board member of Creative Capital. He was born in the Bronx and lives and works in Manhattan, where he is represented by the Pace Gallery. Mr. Wilson was introduced by curator and scholar Carin Kuoni.
About NYFA: One of the few not-for-profit organizations in the country to serve artists in all disciplines, the mission of NYFA is to empower artists at critical stages of their creative lives. NYFA serves artists through funding, professional development, information and resources. Since our founding in 1971, we have awarded more than $30 million to individual artists and small and mid-size organizations. Artspire, our fiscal sponsorship program, is one of the oldest, largest and most respected in the country and, since 1973, has helped artists and emerging arts organizations raise and manage more than $50 million. We also provide entrepreneurial training to over 2,500 artists annually, giving them the skills they need to create their own opportunities and take control of their careers. In response to Hurricane Sandy, we awarded over $1.5 million to nearly 400 artists in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.Photo Credit: David DuPry
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