Dior will host the Guggenheim International Gala for the fourth year in November with the brand’s newly appointed creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri signed on as co-chair and the musician Banks enlisted to perform.
The gala is a two-night affair, taking place Nov. 16 and 17 in New York. The first night is the cooler, younger pre-party hosted by the Young Collectors Council at which Banks, aka Jillian Rose Banks, whose second album “The Altar” is due out in September, will perform. There’s an open bar and access to the museum’s Agnes Martin retrospective, on view from Oct. 7, 2016 to Jan. 11, 2017. Martin (in memoriam) is one of the gala’s honorees along with Tauba Auerbach, Tacita Dean, Leslie Hewitt, Sarah Morris, Laurie Simmons and Taryn Simon, all of whom will honored the second night at a benefit dinner, where experimental composer and performer John Zorn will premiere “Praise,” a piece inspired by Martin’s meditative work.
In addition to Chiuri, gala co-chairs include Christina and Robert C. Baker, Katie and Todd Boehly, Valerie and Charles M. Diker, Phyllis and William L. Mack, Denise and Andrew Saul, Jennifer Blei Stockman and David Stockman, Cindy Chua-Tay and Liam Tay, Nancy and Howard Marks and Sidney Toledano. Proceeds from the gala support the museum’s operations, including exhibitions, educational programs and the landmark building.
Since Dior has taken on hosting the gala, it’s brought a cool, fun factor to the annual benefit. In 2013 DJ Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman, performed at the pre-party. The year after, it was British indie band The xx, and last year Grimes performed. Los Angeles-based Banks released her first album “Goddess” in 2014 and was quickly embraced by fashion, sitting front row at Chanel’s couture show in July 2014, and making the rounds at New York Fashion Week that September. Tickets to the pre-party are $225 for YCC members and $250 general admission. They go on sale Aug. 18.