Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM Cocktails | 7:00 PM Dinner & Performance | 9:00 PM Dessert

Location: Urban Zen | 705 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10014

Honorees: Elizabeth J. McCormack, Kengo Kuma

At the Asian Cultural Council, we believe that international cultural exchange advances dialogue, understanding, and respect in service to creating a more peaceful world. Over the past 56 years, ACC has supported over 6000 exchanges of artists and scholars in Asia and the U.S. Join us in celebrating our mission with our international community of alumni, trustees, donors, and colleagues who enact and champion ACC’s vision of a world made more harmonious through cultural exchange. Our 2019 gala honors the respective philanthropic and artistic contributions of ACC Chairman Emeritus Elizabeth J. McCormack, and architect Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985).

Elizabeth J. McCormack

Chairman Emeritus
2019 Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Award

A tireless philanthropic leader devoted to the Asian Cultural Council’s principals of cultural exchange, Elizabeth J. McCormack is unparalleled in ACC’s 56-year history. Her decades of steadfast support, including her twenty-two years as Chairman of ACC’s Board, have sustained the organization and enabled it to flourish and grow.

Miss McCormack’s indefatigable efforts on ACC’s behalf have ensured ongoing support for the organization, opening countless doors and building a circle of loyal supporters. Miss McCormack’s more than 40 years as a trustee, and her exceptionally generous personal philanthropic commitment of over $2 million, has provided opportunities for generations of artists and scholars to connect throughout the world.

Kengo kuma
Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985)

2019 John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award

Kengo Kuma (born 1954 in Kanagawa, Japan) is recognized as one of the great architects of the 21st century. He received an M.A. in architecture from the University of Tokyo in 1979. In 1985, he received an ACC Fellowship to serve as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. In 1987, Kuma founded Spatial Design Studio in Tokyo, and in 1990, he established his current practice Kengo Kuma & Associates. In 2008, Kuma earned a Ph.D. from Keio University, and in 2009 began his professorship at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Architecture.

Kuma's mission is to "recover the tradition of Japanese buildings" and to reinterpret it for the 21st century. Taking inspiration from light and nature, Kuma’s work has transformed the field of contemporary architecture.

Yu an chen
Yu-An Chen
(ACC 2017, Taiwan)
Dex fernandez
Dex Fernandez
Visual Artist
(ACC 2014, Philippines)
Jennifer wen ma
Jennifer Wen Ma
Visual Artist
(ACC 2006, U.S./China)
Basil twist
Basil Twist
(ACC 2003, 2014, U.S.)

Wendy O’Neill
Mercedes Zobel

Honorary Committee
Cai Guo-Qiang
Donna Karan
Josie Cruz Natori
Susan Rockefeller

Benefit Committee
Kazuko Aso
Julie Ann Kohn and Dan Swift
Peter and Katie O’Neill
Carol Rattray
Missie Rennie and Zach Taylor
David and Susan Rockefeller
Ruby Shang and Anthony Salzman
Susan Skerritt
Maria and William G. Spears
David Wippman

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Artistic Advisory Council

Yael Buencamino

Jan Leeroy New
(ACC 2015, Philippines)

Cai Guo-Qiang
(ACC 1995 & 2006, China/U.S.)

Viet Thanh Nguyen
(ACC 2010, U.S.)

Tiffany Chung
(ACC 2015, U.S./Vietnam)

Ong Keng Sen
(ACC 1993, Singapore)

Patrick Flores
(ACC 2009, Philippines)

Mallika Sarabhai
(ACC 2002, India)

Oscar Ho
(ACC 1992, Hong Kong)

Sheu Fang-Yi
(ACC 2006, Taiwan)

David Henry Hwang
(ACC 2012, U.S.)

Louisa So Yuk Wa
(ACC 2008, Hong Kong)

Jin Xing
(ACC 1988, China)

Julie Taymor
(ACC 1980, U.S.)

Kengo Kuma
(ACC 1985, Japan)

Tran Luong
(ACC 1998 & 2008, Vietnam)

Dinh Q. Le
(ACC 2004, Vietnam/U.S.)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(ACC 2004, Thailand)

Barbara London
(ACC 1995 & 1997, U.S.)

Robert Wilson
(ACC 1981 & 2004, U.S.)

Fumihiko Maki
(ACC 1976, Japan)

Meredith Monk
(ACC 1997 & 2000, U.S.)

Kohei Nawa
(ACC 2004, Japan)

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