Scenes from “The Year I Make Contact” Gallery Tour

To celebrate Creative Capital grantee Brittany Nelson’s solo show, The Year I Make Contact, at the Morgan Lehman gallery, CC artists, friends and staff gathered on February 10 for a special tour and Q&A with Nelson herself. Brittany gave us a peek into her photographic process, which is basically all of your high school science fair fantasies come true (also see: this Wired piece for a deep-dive into Nelson’s experimental methods). Events like this help grow our goal of supporting projects through each new phase of their development, and introducing new audiences to the work.

The Year I Make Contact is up through February 20 at Morgan Lehman. Hustle to see it if you haven’t already!

Joe’s Pub Teams Up With Creative Capital for a 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Joe’s Pub at The Public joins Creative Capital’s 15th anniversary celebration with a slate of performances by some of New York’s most adventurous and exciting artists—Lisa Kron, Danny Hoch, Kalup Linzy, Jomama Jones & Samora Pinderhughes, and Champagne Jerry. Running November 24-26, the series exemplifies the shared goal of both organizations to support innovative artists making interdisciplinary work. Tickets ($15-20) are now available online.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Joe’s Pub on this great series featuring Creative Capital’s performing arts awardees,” said Ruby Lerner, Founding Executive Director, Creative Capital. “All of us at Creative Capital are huge fans of Joe’s Pub, and it’s wonderful to celebrate our shared commitment to supporting adventurous artists over the past 15 years.” Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Creative Capital’s 15th Anniversary Benefit & Auction

Christopher Cooper, Paige West, Meg Miles and Ruby Lerner

Christopher Cooper and Benefit host Paige West, with Meg Miles and Ruby Lerner

Last week, we continued our 15th Anniversary celebration with our Benefit and Auction. Nearly 200 guests came out to the gorgeous Studio 450 in Chelsea, which boasts stunning rooftop views. We were so lucky to have four incredible Creative Capital Awardees perform for our guests: Kristina Wong was our hilarious emcee; Daniel Bernard Roumain played an emotional tribute to Ruby Lerner and the impact of performing arts on his life; Sanford Biggers and his band Moon Medicin rocked the house with their performance and accompanying projection of Biggers’ video work; and Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture) provided the soundtrack for the rest of the night. It was a magical evening, and we couldn’t have done it without the generous support of our Benefit Chair, Paige West, and all the members of the Host and Benefit Committees. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: LA Confidential Cocktail Party in Honor of Creative Capital

Connie Yang, Kathryn Andrews, and Ruby Lerner

Connie Yang, Kathryn Andrews and Ruby Lerner

On February 5, LA Confidential Magazine hosted a party in honor of Creative Capital at Dirty Laundry. We were thrilled to have so many awardees, friends and supporters there to celebrate our Southern California community. Many thanks to LA Confidential for hosting, to Pernod-Ricard for supplying incredible drinks, to Ammo Cafe for delicious bites, and to Houston Hospitality / Dirty Laundry for the amazing space! All images, Reza Allah-Bakhshi for LA Confidential.

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Photo Gallery: Highlights from Our 2013 Benefit & Auction

5. Benefit Party4

Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Benefit & Auction on May 14th—what a fantastic night! Special thanks to Daniel Roumain for an incredibly moving musical performance, and to artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz, who painted portraits of many of our guests. And of course, we are eternally grateful to our amazingly generous board member, Paige West, who hosted the event at her beautiful home in Tribeca. We’re already looking forward to next year’s festivities!

Panoramic view of Paige West's living room
The setting: A panoramic view of Paige West’s living room with our auction artworks installed. Continue reading

Creative Capital at PULSE NY: Auction Preview + Franco Mondini-Ruiz’s “Spring Flings & Pretty Things”

Creative Capital at PULSE NY 2013

This weekend, we’re at PULSE NY (May 9-12) presenting our 2013 Auction Presale, featuring work by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ken Gonzales-Day, Simone Leigh, Lisa Sigal, Kerry Skarbakka, Trimpin and other amazing Creative Capital grantees. The tree you see on the right side of the photos is Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit. Through a process of sculpting by way of grafting and pruning, Van Aken has created a group of trees that, when mature, will have the capacity to grow over 40 varieties of fruit. You can learn more his project and all the auction artworks at

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Creative Capital On the Road: Los Angeles, February 2012

Creative Capital welcomed our new 2012 class of grantees with a celebration at LA><ART in Los Angeles on February 24. Left to right: Jill Hartz, Lyda Kuth (CC board), Sean Elwood (CC Director of Programs & Initiatives), Mike Plante (2012 grant panelist) and Richard Herskowitz.

Ruby Lerner (CC President & Executive Director) greeted the group and introduced our 2012 grantees in Film/Video and Visual Arts. Continue reading