Raising Our Collective Voice for Cultural Exchange
Paintings, Puppetry, Opera, and Sound Projections!
Back row: Eric Schorr (ACC 2005), Alice Reyes (ACC 1969), Issui Minegishi (ACC 2009, 2012), Basil Twist (ACC 2003, 2014), Cai Guo-Qiang (ACC 1995, 2006), Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985), Ruby Shang (ACC 1984), Sangmin Chae (ACC 2018); Middle row: Madge Reyes (ACC 2018), Joselina Cruz (ACC 2018), Dan Isomura (ACC 2019), Chen Yu-An (ACC 2017), Dex Fernandez (ACC 2014), ACC Executive Director Miho Walsh, Jennifer Wen Ma (ACC 2006, 2015); Front row: Suguru Yamamoto (ACC 2018), Michiko Tsuda (ACC 2018), Su Huang-Sheng (ACC 2019), Morgan Wong (ACC 2018), Tong Shanshan (ACC 2018), Joned Suryatmoko (ACC 2016, 2018), Utsa Hazarika (ACC 2017, 2018).
The gala honored leading philanthropist Elizabeth J. McCormack (ACC Chairman Emeritus) with the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Award and internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985) with the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award. Elizabeth J. McCormack spoke to the pivotal moments in ACC's history, her longstanding friendship with the first ACC Chairman, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, and the indelible impact of her travels in Japan. She announced to the applause of the audience that at age 96, her great wish was to return to Japan, a country and community that had shown her incredible kindness.
Honoree Elizabeth J. McCormack with ACC Life Trustee Richard S. Lanier, Mary Lanier, Honorary Committee member and ACC Trustee Josie Cruz Natori, and ACC Trustees Hans Michael Jebsen and Ernest Escaler.
ACC's founder John D. Rockefeller 3rd believed that immersive experiences outside one's home country not only enable greater understanding of another culture, but also provide the opportunity to learn about one's own. Honoree Kengo Kuma spoke to this concept in regards to his 1985 ACC Fellowship as a visiting scholar at Columbia University. During that time, he was not only able to meet architects and designers introduced by ACC, but also developed a deeper appreciation of his own culture.
Honoree Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985), Honorary Committee members Cai Guo-Qiang (ACC 1995, 2006) and Donna Karan, and Dan Isomura (ACC 2019).
ACC Trustees Janet Nathanail, Hans Michael Jebsen, Ernest Escaler, Valerie Rockefeller, Julie Kohn, Gala Chair Mercedes Zobel, Michael Sovern (Life Trustee), Gala Chair Wendy O’Neill, Ruby Shang, Jonathan Fanton, Kazuko Aso, Missie Rennie, Executive Director Miho Walsh, and Life Trustee Bill Spears.
Yukako Yamashita, Michiko Tsuda (ACC 2018), ACC Trustee David Rockefeller, Jr., Dan Isomura (ACC 2019), and ACC Director of Engagement and Outreach Masako Shiba.
Honorary Committee members Susan Rockefeller, Donna Karan, and Gala Chair Mercedes Zobel.
Featured Artists Basil Twist, Chen Yu-An, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Dex Fernandez, Jennifer Wen Ma, and Guillermo Acevedo (not pictured).
Dex Fernandez's (ACC 2014) graffiti-scape Happy Veins depicted the memories of his time as an ACC grantee, conveying ACC's ability to "bridge talented strangers and build a creative community".
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