Honoring Xaviera Simmons, On Stellar Rays, and Xiaoyu Weng

Special Event
Apr 5, 2017

Art in General is pleased to announce that on April 5, the 2017 Visionary Awards will recognize artist Xaviera Simmons, gallerist Candice Madey of On Stellar Rays, and curator Xiaoyu Weng. The Visionary Awards highlight the work of artists, arts professionals, curators, philanthropists, galleries, corporations, and collectors, who believe in the transformative power of art and who nurture and support diverse artistic talents. The 2017 honorees were selected by Art in General for their visionary leadership and singular contributions to the field, and will join a renowned list of recipients, including Lisa Dennison (2014), Phong Bui (2014), Jeffery Larsen (2015), Carin Kuoni (2015), Marianne Boesky (2016), Teresita Fernández (2016), and Ruby Lerner (2016).

Awardees will be honored at Art in General’s annual gala, held this year on April 5 at 26 Bridge Street, a transformed metal factory in DUMBO, located just steps from Art in General’s Plymouth Street gallery. As part of the gala evening, artist Juanli Carrión will adapt his recent Art in General New Commission for the event, extending the dialogue on his project. His recent exhibition, Zea, which was accompanied by a series of interactive workshops, examined culinary traditions as part of a conversation about economic colonization and perceived cultural homogenization in the Americas.

“The Visionary Awards offer an opportunity to shine a light on individuals who engage in and bring to the fore exceptional creative practice. This year, we are delighted to celebrate Xaviera, Candice, and Xiaoyu’s passion, vision, and commitment to art and artists. Each of them, through distinct approaches and practices, encapsulate the belief that our communities and our lives are made richer by the experience of art,” said Laurel Ptak, Art in General’s Executive Director. “At Art in General, for more than 35 years, we have been committed to providing a platform for young and underrepresented artists, and it is our great pleasure to honor the work and leadership of others in the field.”

7pm-8pm — Cocktails
8pm-10pm — Dinner and Silent Auction
10pm-Midnight — After-Party
Date Wednesday, April 5
Location 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn NY 11201


To purchase tickets and tables online, please click on the highlighted text below.

SPONSOR / $25,000 – Table of 10, Contribution portion: $23,500.
PATRON / $10,000 – Table of 10, Contribution portion: $8,500.
SUPPORTER / $5,000 – Table of 10, Contribution portion: $3,500.
GALA COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP / $1000 – 2 ‘Friend’ Tickets, Contribution portion: $700.
INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTER / $1,000 – 1 Ticket, Contribution portion: $850/ticket.
INDIVIDUAL FRIEND / $500 – 1 Ticket, Contribution portion: $350/ticket.
AFTER-PARTY / $50 – 1 Ticket, Contribution portion: $43.00/ticket.
DONATION / Contribution portion: 100% tax deductible
Contributions are tax-deductible and directly support our exhibitions and programs.

The Visionary Awards Gala and silent auction will also support Art in General’s program, including the New Commissions program, which each year provides in-depth support for eight to ten artists to create major new work, and the International Collaborations initiative, which through a range of international partnerships creates collaborative exhibitions and programs in New York and abroad. Throughout its 2017 season, Art in General will continue to explore themes relating to land and politics, including issues of geographic identity, immigration and border security, statelessness, and environmentalism, among others. These ideas are manifest in Art in General’s current and upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and events, and will also be at the core of this year’s What Now? symposium, organized in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

To become a sponsor or to pay by cash or check please contact Lina Alfonso at: [email protected] or by calling: (212) 219-0473 ext.105.


Xaviera Simmons‘s body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture, and installation. She defines her studio practice as rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories, especially those that address shifting definitions of landscape, character development, and the interconnectedness of formal processes. Simmons received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005), while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Simmons has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her major exhibitions and performances include those at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, Studio Museum in Harlem, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Public Art Fund, Sculpture Center, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, David Castillo Gallery, and Savannah College Of Art and Design, among many others.

Candice Madey and On Stellar Rays On Stellar Rays opened in 2008 on Orchard Street, an early gallery on the LES scene. Many of its artists presented their first solo exhibitions with the gallery, and have gone on to exhibit extensively both with the gallery and at institutions across the US and abroad. The gallery is known for presenting work across media, often incorporates painting, photography and sculpture with performance, sound, and video. While it is deeply rooted in New York, the gallery is well recognized globally. 2016 and 2017 marked several major museum exhibitions for the gallery’s artists, including Tommy Hartung at the Hammer Museum and the Rose Museum, John Houck at Dallas Contemporary and in MoMA’s New Photography exhibition, JJ PEET at the Contemporary Austin, Texas, and a major retrospective of Rochelle Feinstein, organized by On Stellar Rays, that is traveling to four institutions.

Candice Madey previously worked as a client advisor at Christie’s New York, and in curatorial research and educational roles at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Akron Art Museum. She has Bachelor’s degrees in French Literature and History of Art, and a Master’s in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Xiaoyu Weng is the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Previously, Weng served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs in Paris and San Francisco. There, she launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and oversaw artist residencies and the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. She has also worked as program director of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium in San Francisco and as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the CCA in San Francisco, she has organized exhibitions and public programs for venues including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She is a contributing editor of Leap, a bilingual magazine dedicated to contemporary Chinese art.

Project Description:

Honoring Xaviera Simmons, Candice Madey and Xiaoyu Weng