amfAR and Dallas Art Museum’s TWO x TWO For AIDS And Art Raises Over $7.5 Million
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Kevin Tachman
THE SCENE: The Richard Meier-designed masterpiece home of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky hosted 500 sociables, celebrities, and other VIPs for the 18th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction. Chaired by Nancy C. Rogers, the event attracted some of the biggest figures in the art-collecting scene, especially during the hot ticket First Look preview event, where collectors scouted for their next big acquisition. This year’s TWO x TWO featured show-stopping celebrity performances, over 100 pieces of exquisite bid-worthy contemporary art, and a great cause, making for one heck of a wonderful time.
THE VIBE: The silver and mirrored theme evening allowed the black-tie clad crowd and celebrities mingle seamlessly about the estate during the Dom Pérignon and Belvedere-sponsored cocktail reception and silent auction, while viewing the incredible art – which would later be featured in a silent auction – from multiple angles and vantage points.
The party progressed to the Freedome, a 7,000 square foot geodesic dome towering 48 feet high where a five-star, multi-course dinner was served during a stunning program that included remarks from the Rachofskys thanking presenting sponsors Harry Winston and Cadillac. Also acknowledged were the artists on hand and other notables who made this sensational evening possible, while master of ceremonies and acclaimed actor Teddy Sears introduced a sponsor thank you video by longtime TWO x TWO and longtime amfAR supporter Alan Cumming.
The evening continued with a live auction helmed by auctioneer Jamie Niven, which featured a piece of art, Untitled, by 2016 amfAR honoree Laura Owens that singlehandedly fetched a cool $1.2 million dollars. The series of experiences was capped by a powerful performance by singer and pop-cultural icon Ricky Martin, who raised the dome’s roof by singing several of his greatest hits, bringing everyone in the room to their feet.
THE CAUSE: The extravagala raised a mind-blowing $7.5 million benefitting amfAR for essential AIDS research initiatives, as well as the Dallas Museum of Art Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund. Over the course of 18 years, the annual TWO x TWO event has raised over $67 million dollars for these fine causes.