Aurora Honors Carolee Schneemann
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The 2014 Aurora Award Dinner honored artist Carolee Schneemann on Thursday, October 23rd at Aurora Picture Show with an intimate gathering of sixty attendees made up of Houston's finest arts supporters. Chaired by Judy Nyquist, the event raised funds to support the artistic and educational programs of Aurora Picture Show, a nationally recognized arts organization that seeks to engage audiences with some of the best moving image art being created today.
Carolee Schneemann has been a pioneer of performance, body art, avant-garde cinema, and multi-disciplinary art for five decades. Schneemann's bold work has challenged notions of gender, identity and the body and has influenced countless artists throughout her career.
As part of the program, Aurora screened two such works, "Precarious" and "Devour." But the highlight of the evening was the acceptance speech by artist Carolee Schneemann, who was in attendance and opened up the floor for questions from the dinner guests. Schneemann accepted the award, a cat trophy photograph in a gold gilded frame, from Houston artist Nancy Douthey who also shared a moving tribute to the groundbreaking career of the artist.
Gala attendees were treated to a delicious meal from City Kitchen Catering and libations courtesy of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Vintage Select Wines, Yellow Rose Distilling and Saint Arnold Brewery. Intimate banquet style seating brought the community together for great conversations and exchanges.
Top donors were treated to goodie bags with treats from LUCHO, Saint Cloud, Sloan/Hall, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, among others. Artwork inspired by Schneemann was also available in a silent auction with works created by Elaine Bradford, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Kia Neill and Beth Secor. Additional sponsors included Hotel ZaZa, Carrithers Studio, Arts+Culture, CultureMap, Zlicious Confections, and LIQS.
In addition to the award dinner, Sicardi Gallery hosted a brunch the following day in honor of Schneemann for local artists and arts professionals. With attendees from across Texas, artists were able to spend time with Schneemann, get their thesis books signed, and even present her with artwork inspired by her career.