Mary Ceruti, SculptureCenter director, Fred Wilson, artist, and Susanne Ghez, curator. Photo Leandro Justen/

October 09, 2013 @ Edison Ballroom

A topless male model serving cocktails out of an Anicka Yi ice sculpture, a rap performance by Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai—which mostly consisted of his counting to 50 in Thai—and a round of karaoke provided entertainment last night at SculptureCenter's annual fundraising gala. Among the guests were artist Katrin Sigurdardottir, arts patron Agnes Gund, and Venice Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni.

The party, in the Art Deco Edison Ballroom near Times Square, honored Susanne Ghez, former director of Chicago's Renaissance Society, and artist Fred Wilson, and raised $300,000. Artist Danh Vo presented the award to Ghez, saying, "There are very few curators who have the ability to inspire artists to work better, and Susanne, you are one of them."

"Fred Wilson changed my life," announced SculptureCenter director Mary Ceruti, presenting Wilson's award. She was referring to his seminal 1992 exhibition "Mining the Museum." But also, she explained, he recommended her for her current job.

"To return the favor," she added, "the board made him chairman."