Queens Museum 2024 Gala: Digital Program

Queens Museum 2024 Gala: Digital Program


 6:30pm: Cocktails
7:15pm: Special Toast
7:45pm: Welcome and Dinner
8:30pm: Program Honorees and Live Auction
9:30pm: Dessert and After Party

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Honoree: Lyle Ashton Harris

Lyle Ashton Harris (b. Bronx, NY, 1965) was raised in New York City and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Harris obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. He attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Harris’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Tate, London, UK; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Harris is a Professor of Art at New York University and lives in New York.



Combining photography with Ghanaian textiles, this image has a blue and a green print layered on top of a vibrant pattern of circles.
Image: Lyle Ashton Harris, “Migration Times”, 2020. Ghanaian cloth, dye sublimation prints, and artist’s ephemera, 5’ 2.5”H x 6’ 3.5”W (framed) (62.5 x 75.5). Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York.


Drawing together photographs and installations from both his celebrated and lesser-known series, Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love charts new connections across the artistic practice of Lyle Ashton Harris (b. 1965, Bronx, NY). The exhibition explores Harris’s critical examination of identity and self-portraiture while tracing central themes and formal approaches in his work of the last 35 years.


The artist’s recently-completed Shadow Works anchor the exhibition. In these meticulous constructions, photographic prints are set within geometric frames of stretched Ghanaian funerary textiles, along with shells, shards of pottery, and cuttings of the artist’s own hair. Our first and last love follows the cues of the Shadow Works’ collaged and pictured elements—which include earlier artworks and reference materials, personal snapshots, and handwritten notes—to shed light on Harris’s layered approach to his practice.


Harris’s work engages with broad social and political dialogues while also speaking with revelatory tenderness to his own communities, and to personal struggles, sorrows, and self-illuminations. Groupings centered around singular Shadow Works will expand upon these multiple throughlines, including Harris’s continued examination of otherness and belonging; the framing and self-presentation of Black and queer individuals; violence as a dark undercurrent of intimacy and desire; tenderness and vulnerability; and notions of legacy—both inherited and self-defined.


Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love is co-organized by the Queens Museum and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, and is co-curated by Lauren Haynes, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs, Queens Museum and Caitlin Julia Rubin, Associate Curator, Rose Art Museum.

Community Champion Award: Maspeth Federal Savings

Close-up of groups of children and adults gathered around tables with art-making materials.

Photo: Kuo-Heng Huang

We are excited to celebrate Maspeth Federal Savings as the recipient of the Community Champion Award. Their commitment and generous support have played an instrumental role in empowering the Queens Museum’s Family Programs.

Live Auction


Basil Kincaid
Harnessing the Essence, 2024
Embroidery and Hand Woven Cotton Fiber on Canvas
26″ x 21″ x 2″
Value (Estimate): $20,000


Basil Kincaid (b. 1986, St. Louis, Missouri) is an American artist who honors and evolves traditional practices through quilting, collaging, photography, installation and performance. Implementing materials vested with emotional and memorial content, Kincaid allows these mediums to function as spiritual technology that forward various wisdoms born from Kincaid’s greatest values: family, imagination, rest, and experience. Kincaid studied drawing and painting at Colorado College, graduating in 2010. Kincaid has exhibited works with Hauser & Wirth, Mindy Solomon, Kravets Wehby, Kavi Gupta, Carl Kostyal and others. In 2019, Kincaid debuted a first museum performance, “The Release,” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis MO. In 2020 Kincaid received the Regional Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2021, Kincaid became a United States Artist Fellow and joined the Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2022, Kincaid debuted new quilt works in both the Legacy Russell-curated show, “The New Bend” at Hauser & Wirth’s New York and Los Angeles locations, and the Ekow Eshun-curated exhibition, “New African Portraiture” at the Kunsthalle Krems in Austria. Kincaid also produced a ceremonial installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, wrapping a Manuel Neri figure in a quilt entitled “Take Me Home” just days after Neri’s passing. Thus far in 2023, Kincaid has exhibited “Dancing the Wind Walk”, a semi-permanent fabric monument during Frieze LA, with support from the Art Production Fund.


Adrian Armstrong
Aaaaye! (Cutout), 2023-2024
Ballpoint pen, acrylic, and color pencil and glitter on paper
50” x 39.5”
Value: (Current Retail Value): $6,000


Adrian Armstrong’s (b.1990 Omaha, Nebraska) multidisciplinary practice, which encompasses drawing, painting, installation, and sound, documents the contemporary Black experiences in the United States. He is deeply interested in questions of how Black experiences intersect with the history of photography, portraiture, and collage. Using friends, family members, and acquaintances as subjects, Armstrong’s single and multi-figural works probe the influence of place and popular culture on the formation of self-image, community, connection, tenderness, and love–both platonic and romantic. More specifically, he is interested in the complex ways race informs how we assign value to and interact in the spaces we occupy. Armstrong draws heavily on his own identity politics and lived experiences to depict the narratives of Black life. Nested in intimate and poignant settings, his figures often embody a range of psychological states, including joy, happiness, introspection, and dysphoria. Armstrong’s works seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar. Ultimately, Armstrong’s work is an ongoing examination into the complexities of Black identity and representation.



Kimberly Pirtle, Sotheby’s Auctioneer


Kimberly Pirtle is an Auctioneer at Sotheby’s. Since becoming an Auctioneer in 2022, she has facilitated the sale of over $50 million of works spanning Contemporary Art, Modern Art, 20th Century Design, Jewelry, Fashion, and more. Beyond Sotheby’s, she donates her time as a charity auctioneer, raising money for charitable causes close to her heart across the US. In addition to her title as Auctioneer, she serves the Assistant Vice President of Sotheby’s Collectors Group where she advises collectors across Contemporary and Modern Art, as well as Luxury. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Spelman College and MBA from Harvard Business School.

After Party

DonChristian Jones is an interdisciplinary multi-media artist, musician, and director. Their work spans painting, musical albums, videos, and performance installation. Don has shown and performed in spaces such as The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and The Shed. Much of their work today is informed by their time spent painting murals on Rikers Island with incarcerated youth, and teaching at Harvey Milk HS/ Hetrick-Martin Institute. In 2020 Don founded Public Assistants Inc., a mutual aid network and community design lab headquartered in Brooklyn.


063N13 aka Maachew Bentley is an evolving creative birthed & raised by Queens, New York.
His sonic pursuits interweave private curation, and music production into a hybrid of expressions on and offline. Having earned his stripes DJing for over a decade from the festival circuit in Europe to the nightclubs of Southeast Asia, Maachew has developed one of the most pliable sets of his peers. Bringing breaks through UKG, drum n bass, house, reggae, and techno, he’s exercised BPM for every palate.

Artist Host Committee

Onyedika Chuke

Dan Colen

Jarrett Earnest

John Edmonds

Alex Fialho

Catherine Gund

Tenzin Gund-Morrow

dream hampton

Thomas Allen Harris

Clifford Prince King

Joshua Rashaad McFadden

Ryan McGinley

Tyler Mitchell

Fred Moten

James Powell

Tschabalala Self

Dr. Senam Okudzeto

Allison Otis

2024 Gala Supporters


Bloomberg Philanthropies

Seth Kupferberg*

Maspeth Federal Savings

Metabolic Studio

Helen and Peter Warwick*




Silvercup Studios

Werwaiss Properties Company LLC




Christine Ciampa

Crystal Windows and Door Systems, Ltd.

Amy and Christopher D’Amato*

Delta Air Lines

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Arthi Krishnamoorthy* and Nicholas Rogers

Metro Management

Hanna Miller

Yu Shan Co. USA



Kathleen Adams

Stanley Jamar Bogan

Andrew Broderick

Dale Burnett

Dawn Davis

Patsy Doerr*

Elmhurst Hospital

Janelle Faulk

Tom Finkelpearl and Eugenie Tsai


Grimshaw Architects

Agnes Gund

Jane Hait and Justin Beal

Hauser & Wirth

Dan Hendrick & Jimmy Van Bramer

Jim Hodges

Leah Horowitz

Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


Rose Lord

Bernard Lumpkin


MetroPlus Health

M&T Bank

Kyle McCullers

Gregory R. Miller

Jessica Morgan

Anwarii Musa

Gina Nanni

Valeria Napoleone

Northwell Health Long Island Jewish, Forest Hills

Orange Barrel Media

Queens College

Fazeela Abdul Rashid

Mark Robbins

Salon 94

Denise Scott

Cindy Sherman

Alex and Jim Paladino

Dwayne Proctor

ShopCore Properties

Christian Stone

Turner Construction

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

John Wang

Amy Wimpfheimer

Andrea Woodner

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


*Members of QM’s Board of Trustees 


The 2024 Annual Gala is sponsored by Aigner Chocolates, Distinguished Vineyards & Wines, San Bartolo Mezcal Artesanal, Sotheby’s, taylor creative inc. ny, and Ten to One Rum.

Special Thanks

Event Production 

Erica Sarlo & Company


Lighting Design and Sound Engineering

See Factor


Stage Design

ATD Audio Visual


Valet Service

Executive Parking



Sophie Stone



Abigail Kirsch 



Common Ground Compost works with the NYC community to facilitate the recycling of organics in any capacity— supporting the health & sustaining the growth of our urban communities. All organic material not consumed this evening, or taken home, including the florals will be diverted away from landfills and composted.