Thanks to the phenomenal support of our friends in the contemporary art community, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art’s annual benefit gala dinner and art auction has raised over $67 million in its 18-year history in support of amfAR’s AIDS research initiatives and the DMA’s contemporary art acquisition program.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, founded in 1985, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. Intensifying its research efforts, in 2014 amfAR launched the “Countdown to a Cure for HIV/AIDS,” a bold initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020 and supported by a $100 million research investment strategy. The cornerstone of the strategy is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, established on World AIDS Day 2015 and based at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $480 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide. TWO x TWO is amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States. amfAR’s impact includes:
- amfAR-funded research studies have contributed to the development of four of the six primary classes of anti-HIV drugs (protease inhibitors, entry inhibitors, CCR5 blockers, and integrase inhibitors) that are helping people with HIV/AIDS live longer, healthier lives.
- amfAR pioneered the research that led to the use of drugs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, which has resulted in the virtual elimination of such transmission in many parts of the world.
- Research supported by amfAR led to the identification of the critical role of the cell protein CCR5 in HIV infection—a pivotal finding that played an important part in the case of the “Berlin patient,” the only person known to have been cured of HIV.
- The amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE) was launched in 2010 in an effort to accelerate the pace of cure research. Since then, ARCHE has supported the work of 86 research teams pursuing cure-focused studies at 51 institutions on five continents.
- Launched in 2001, amfAR’s Bangkok-based TREAT Asia program is a network of hospitals, clinics, and research institutions working with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatments across Asia and the Pacific. Encompassing 21 adult and 18 pediatric sites, TREAT Asia is widely regarded as a model of regional collaboration on HIV/AIDS.
- Through its public policy office, established in 1991, amfAR has worked with members of Congress to design and secure the passage of landmark AIDS-related legislation that has expanded access to treatment, care, and prevention, and has increased federal funding for AIDS research.
Established in 1903, The Dallas Museum of Art, (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two and a half million visitors. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Proceeds from TWO x TWO support the DMA’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund and exhibitions and have been used to purchase over 220 major works of contemporary art for the museum over the last seventeen years.
- The transformative impact that the TWO x TWO initiative has had in shaping the quality and depth of the DMA’s contemporary holdings includes the acquisition of more than 220 works. Among them are significant paintings, sculpture, media, photographs, drawings, and prints by the finest and most ambitious artists of our time, such as Frank Bowling, Michaël Borremans, Phil Collins, Bruce Conner, Maureen Gallace, Jim Lambie, Ricky Swallow, Bruce Nauman, Laura Owens, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Charles Ray, Matthew Ritchie, and more.
- The Dallas Museum of Art made history in 2013 with the simultaneous return to free general admission and launch of DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the nation. The focus of international attention, DMA Friends has been heralded as being on the “frontiers of audience engagement,” and yields compelling data about the ways in which visitors are connecting with the Museum’s offerings.
- Michaël Borremans: As sweet as it gets, co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR), is the first to bring together the artist’s paintings, drawings, and films from over the last fourteen years in a single survey. The Devil’s Dress, 2011, a painting acquired with the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, which premiered in February 2014 in Brussels and currently on view at the DMA, is a highlight of the international tour. The presentation in Dallas is made possible in part by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art.
- In February 2015, the Dallas Museum of Art premiered Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. Jointly organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, the exhibition examines the full arcs of the artists’ careers, from their earyl works to their 18-year engagement with the Gutai Art Association—the leading avant-garde group of postwar Japanese artists—to their later masterworks created in the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s. This major exhibition features Shiraga’s Imayo Ranbu (Modern Dance), 2000, as well as Motonaga’s Work, No. 1, 1962, both acquired with the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund.
- Since 1981, the Museum’s Concentrations series has showcased large-scale installations of over fifty emerging artists, with the goal of making the work of contemporary artists more accessible to DMA audiences. Artists featured early in their careers have included Doug Aitken, Willie Doherty, John Pomara, Anri Sala, Charlene von Heyl, Matt Connors, Karla Black, and Slavs and Tatars.
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