Since 1999, American Patrons of the Tate, a charity founded in 1987 to rally support in the Americas for London’s Tate Gallery, has raised over $100 million in cash and art donations. Now, in an effort to reflect its broad membership, it is changing its name to Tate Americas Foundation, and adding a live auction Read More
Artists, bargain hunters, charity supporters and cross-dressers packed into Cheim & Read gallery in Chelsea last Friday for “Postcards from the Edge,” a Visual AIDS fundraiser that featured more than 1,500 artist-decorated postcards at 85 bucks a pop. The postcards crammed the gallery’s two main rooms and at one point, the place was so packed that a passerby accidentally knocked a three-dimensional piece off the wall—a photograph with a bending transparency over it so that it appeared the penis with two hands wrapped around it was coming at you.
“A dear friend told me that once you have been to Africa, it will course through your blood and become part of your soul, and it has,” actress Archie Panjabi told a crowd at Sotheby’s on Wednesday night, at the Art for Africa gala dinner. “And now it lives forever in my heart.”
Ms. Panjabi, who appears in the CBS television series The Good Wife, spoke of visiting the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, while filming the 2005 film The Constant Gardner. “There was such an urgent and basic need for education and healthcare in these villages,” she said. “My ten weeks in that area had such a profound effect on me—the beautiful faces, the contagious smiles, the outstretched arms reaching for hugs.”