Join us at the Museum's Fall Benefit for a unique opportunity to tour private art collections at five stunning homes on the Upper East Side.
9:00am to 1:00pm: Explore five private Upper East Side collections in support of The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1:00pm to 2:30pm: Optional Lunch at the home of Diane Ackerman
A light breakfast will kick off the day, followed by a walking tour to the collections of some of the Upper East Side's most renowned art collectors. The collection hosts, who will be welcoming and guiding each tour, include: Charlotte Ford, Susan and Steven Jacobson, John Thomson, Joe and Cathy Zicherman and Alice Sachs Zimet. The tour will be followed by an optional lunch and viewing of the collection of Diane Ackerman.
Tour Only: Members: $250 Non-Members: $300
Tour and Lunch: Members: $300 Non-Members: $350
The non-tax deductible portion of each ticket is $50
Diane Ackerman first began collecting with her late husband in 1970 in New York. While living in London for five years, she purchased vintage photography by Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Nadar, and August Sander. Together they acquired works by contemporary English and European artists, as well as a large collection of works by Mark Tobey. In the early 1990’s she collected contemporary photography by James Casebere, Louise Lawler, Pipilotti Rist, and others. When photography became more digitalized, she returned to contemporary painting and acquired works by Marc Desgrandchamps, Laurent Grasso, Kaws, and Jonathan Meese. Ackerman serves on the Fine Arts Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. and on the Advisory Council of Premier Regard in Paris.
Charlotte Ford began collecting contemporary art for personal enjoyment, but it evolved into an ambitious lifetime venture, a beautiful engagement where she fostered the early careers of young artists. Her collection focuses on emerging talent and a commitment to individual artists such as Andrea Bowers, Wade Guyton, Karen Kilimnik, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Gedi Sibony, and Ryan Trecartin. Her collection includes significant historical works by David Hammons, Yayoi Kusama, Alice Neel, and Mira Schendel. Guided by passion and subject matter that is important to her, she has collected and supported the works of Carol Bové, Anne Collier, Isa Gensken, and Martha Rosler. Ford serves on the board of directors of The New Museum and The Kitchen. She is a member of The Whitney Museum of American Art's painting and sculpture acquisition committee and a member of the visiting committee for photography.
Susan and Steven Jacobson first began collecting in 1971, with the purchase of an ink drawing by French artist Andre Masson, which was followed thereafter by acquisitions of American artists including Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, John Chamberlain, and Roy Lichtenstein. Since 2007, their focus has broadened to include a dynamic constellation of cutting-edge contemporary artists, including El Anatsui, Vik Muniz, Mary Heilmann, Josephine Meckseper, Theaster Gates, and more. Today, their international collection includes artists hailing from across Europe, Cuba, Africa, Turkey, Iceland, Mexico, and South America, offering an exciting pan-global art experience.
John Thomson’s collection focuses on late-modern and contemporary art, including works by William De Kooning, Barbara Krueger, Angel Otero, Jose Parla, Neo Rauch, and David Salle. The collection also reflects distinctive contemporary sculptural practices, including works by Roxy Paine, Cameron Gainer, Mel Kendrick, Ai Wei Wei, and more. Deeply committed to museum and arts engagement across the country, Thomson is on the board of trustees of the Walker Art Center, Youth I.N.C., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is on the Collection Council of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
Joe and Cathy Zicherman have been collecting art for over 20 years, developing a strong collection focused on Surrealism with works on paper by artists such as Man Ray and Picabia, sculptures by Louise Bourgeois and Claude Lalanne and paintings by Mark Ryden and Alice Neel. Reared in the Bronx, Zicherman departed as a money manager at Morgan Stanley in 1998 to form his own investment company, naming it Stadium Capital Partners in a nod to growing up “in the shadow of Yankee Stadium.” As a strong supporter of the arts, he has served on the board of the directors of TKTS (Broadway discount tickets) and is presently a Treasurer of the board of directors of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Alice Sachs Zimet is a collector, educator, and advisor who began collecting photography in 1985. Her collection of roughly 250 images includes 20th Century masters up through the present. Alice is Chair, Photography Collections Committee, Harvard Art Museums; board member, Magnum Foundation; member, International Center of Photography’s (ICP) Acquisitions Committee; and Committee Member, Friends Without a Border, an annual photo auction to benefit the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia and Laos. Alice began her career in the museum world, working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later moved to the private sector, where she was Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank for over two decades. Today, Alice is President, Arts + Business Partners, a consulting boutique that specializes in corporate sponsorship.
Susan and Steven Jacobson
James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett
Zöe and Joel Dictrow
Hilary and Peter Hatch
Susan and Michael Hort
The Krawiecki Gazes Family
Noel Kirnon and Michael Paley
Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi
Mary Beth Mandanas
Greg Miller and Michael Wiener
Iffie Okoronkwo Aitkenhead
Tim Rollins and KOS
Ruth Corn Roth
Carole Server and Oliver Frankel