Each year The Downtown Dinner enables LMCC to raise critical funds to support our mission to provide multifaceted support directly to artists through grants, free studio space, and professional training, as well as free-to-the-public arts and cultural programming.
Almost 600 people joined us to honor the cultural and artistic leadership of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, Julie Mehretu, and LMCC alumni artists Will Rawls (Sam Miller Award for Performing Arts), Melissa Febos (Sarah Verdone Writing Award), and Matthew Jensen (Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts), and salute the leadership of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Together, we witnessed brilliant performances by Pilobolus and Ben and Michael Arthur; a rousing speech from Kamau Ware; and the commemoration of Sam Miller, former LMCC President and an arts vanguard, through his friends and colleagues Ralph Lemon and Sarah Michelson.
With your help, we raised over $1.1 million toward our work to support artists through residencies, grants, professional development, and public presentations.
We celebrated our new executive directors, Lili Chopra (Artistic Programs) and Diego Segalini (Finance & Administration) and their vision for our expanded Arts Center on Governors Island, opening in 2019.
Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our River To River Festival this coming June!
Tim and Stephanie Ingrassia are prominent arts supporters and collectors whose passion and generosity have a profound impact on the New York arts community. Tim has been at Goldman Sachs since 1986 and is currently the co-chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions in the Investment Banking Division. Stephanie’s early career in graphic design has included the design of books, magazines, newsletters, and promotional materials as well as teaching editorial design at the School of Visual Arts. Tim serves on the Board of Managers at the University of Virginia, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and the Brooklyn Public Library; and Stephanie is the long serving President of the Board at the Brooklyn Museum, and is on the Board of CreativeTime and CitySquash (an inner city youth development program). They have four children ranging in age from 27-16. They grow grapes and make wine in Litchfield County, CT.
LMCC is proud to celebrate the leadership role Goldman, Sachs & Co. has played in our community. With its deep commitment to the neighborhood and the arts that enliven it, Goldman Sachs has been a consistent champion of LMCC and of arts and culture throughout New York City.
Julie Mehretu is a world-renowned painter, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970, who lives and works in New York City and Berlin. She received a MFA with honors from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Mehretu is a recipient of many awards, including The MacArthur Award (2005) and the US Dept. of State Medal of Arts Award (2015). She is best known for her large-scale paintings that take the abstract energy, topography, and sensibility of global urban landscapes and political unrest as a source of inspiration. She has shown her work extensively in international and national solo and group exhibitions and is represented in public and private collections around the world. Recent projects include completing two large-scale paintings for SFMOMA’s Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium in September 2017. She is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Matthew Jensen is an interdisciplinary artist whose rigorous explorations of landscape combine walking, collecting, photography, mapping and extensive research. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in photography and has received two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for sitespecific landscape projects in Delaware and New Jersey. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art The national Gallery of Art and the Brooklyn Museum among other institutions. He is a parttime assistant professor at Parsons School of Design and currently an artistinresidence with New York City Urban Field Station.
Matthew Jensen was a Swing Space 2010 artist-in-residence.
Will Rawls is a choreographer, writer and lifelong performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His practice combines dance with other media to investigate the poetics of blackness, ambiguity and abstraction. Rawls has presented his work at The Chocolate Factory, MoMA PS1, Performa 15, The Whitney Museum of American Art, ImpulsTanz and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. His writings have been published by Artforum, Triple Canopy, les presses du réel, The Museum of Modern Art, The Hammer Museum. He is recipient of a 2017-2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, and a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. He has held teaching fellowships at Wesleyan University and Williams College and continues to lecture widely in university and festival contexts.
Will Rawls was a Swing Space 2012, Process Space 2014 and 2015 and Extended Life 2015-2016 artist-in-residence. He also participated in River To River 2016.
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), and a forthcoming second essay collection, Girlhood (Bloomsbury 2019). Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Believer, Tin House, Granta, Lenny Letter, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Vogue, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of prizes and fellowships from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Ragdale, and The MacDowell Colony. She lives in Brooklyn.
Melissa Febos was a Process Space 2016 artist-in-residence and a Workspace 2011 Juror.
Tim & Stephanie Ingrassia
Anne Goldrach/Greystone Management Corp.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson LLP
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Conrad New York
Cove Property Group
Cushman & Wakefield
Douglas Elliman Real Estate / The Andrew Anderson - Bruce Ehrmann Team
Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association
Innisfree M & A Incorporated
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Kim & Ken Blacklow
May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Michael & Elizabeth Ashworth
Newmark Knight Frank
Poulakakos Family Trust
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Spotify USA Inc
Structure Tone, LLC
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
The Durst Organization
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
The Sweet Construction Group
Time Equities, Inc.
Unity Electric Co., Inc.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Westfield World Trade Center
World Wide Technology
Abby Pogrebin & David Shapiro
Blank Rome LLP
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC
L&L Holding Company, LLC
Richard & Ronay Menschel
Charles Maikish, Chairman Emeritus, LMCC and retired Director, WTC
Jaros Baum & Bolles
Marian Goodman Gallery
Meredith J. Kane, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
ABM Industries, Inc.
Antonio Perez, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY
Beth Wolfowitz, Hatch
Cole Schotz P.C.
Cozen O'Connor & Richard Berney
Danny & Audrey Meyer
Eric Johnson, Conde Nast
HLW International LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Linda Genereux & Timur Galen
Marcia and Noel Caban
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Paula Cooper Gallery
Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP