The star-studded Two x Two For Aids and Art benefit, held at the Rachofsky House in Dallas raised a record-breaking $4.8 million for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art last Saturday.
Close to 475 people attended the black-tie event; 121 works of art were sold via live and silent auctions, among them a piece by 2011 amfAR honoree Mark Grotjahn which sold for $1 million, as well as Kara Walker, Tony Cragg and Nigel Cooke and others. The funds raised support amfAR’s AIDS research initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art’s contemporary art acquisition program and exhibitions.
In addition to the record-breaking live and silent auctions at Saturday night’s gala, the evening’s highlight was a special performance by Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle.
The week-long festivities leading up to the TWO x TWO gala included a preview party for Dallas Museum of Art members on Tuesday, and a First Look party on Thursday, this year featuring a performance piece by artist Rob Pruitt inviting guests to join him in picking up paintball guns and aiming them at a canvas.