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Snap Gala 2013

The Photography Department’s fifth biennial Snap gala will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Once again this photo-filled benefit gala will include a live auction of photo sessions with internationally renowned artists, an elegant dinner, and a chance to “get snapped” throughout the evening.

  7:00 p.m. Cocktails and photographic activities, Terzo Piano
  8:30 p.m. Dinner, Griffin Court
  9:30 p.m. Live auction of photographic sessions with internationally renowned artists
  10:00 p.m. Dessert and coffee

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Download an absentee bid form, or e-mail snapgala@artic.edu for more information.

Lead Sponsor: $50,000 (2 tables of 8)
Presenting Sponsor: $25,000 (2 tables of 8)
Patron: $15,000 (table of 8)
Host: $7,500 (table of 8)
Individual tickets: $500

 

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All contributions over the Fair Market Value (FMV) of the evening's events ($125 per ticket) are tax-deductible. The Art Institute of Chicago is a 503(c)(3) charitable organization.

Net proceeds from Snap will enhance the Photography Gala Fund for acquisitions of photographs at the Art Institute of Chicago.

COMMITTEE

Gala Co-chairs

Meredith Bluhm-Wolf
Dia S. Weil

Committee on Photography

Anstiss Hammond Krueck, Chair
Karen Frank, Vice-Chair

Michael Abrams
Bradford L. Ballast
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf
John A. Bross
Kay Bucksbaum
Francie Comer
Sondra Berman Epstein
Robert Feitler
Caryn Harris
Vicki Horwich
Thomas E. Keim
Howard M. McCue III
Anita Blanchard Nesbitt
Judith C. Opatrny
Betsy Rosenfield
Ellen Sandor
Richard L. Sandor
Ralph Segall
Brenda M. Shapiro
Alexander D. Stuart
Kenneth E. Tanaka
Robert A. Taub
Dia S. Weil
Helen Zell
Martin E. Zimmerman

SPONSORS

Lead Sponsor

BMO Harris

Presenting Sponsors

Phillips

The Bluhm Family Foundation
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and Bill Wolf
Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum, Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum
Grosvenor Capital Management, LP
The Malkin Family
Betsy and Andy Rosenfield
Brenda Shapiro
Dia S. and Edward S. Weil, Jr.

Patrons

Francie Comer
Karen Frank
Anstiss and Ronald Krueck

Hosts

Barneys New York
Anita Blanchard and Martin Nesbitt
John and Judy Bross
Sidney and Sondra Berman Epstein
Robert and Joan Feitler
Andi and Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds
The Harris Family Foundation, Caryn and King Harris
Vicki Horwich
Thomas E. Keim
The Opatrny Family Foundation
J. B. and M. K. Pritzker Family Foundation
The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation
Robin and Sandy Stuart
Kenneth and Christine Tanaka
Elena Urschel
Helen Zell
Marty and Danielle Zimmerman

In-Kind Sponsor

United

LOT 1

Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell’s celebrated Art Institute of Chicago career retrospective is traveling this fall to the J. Paul Getty Museum and the High Museum of Art. The hit of the show was his full-room camera obscura pictures, for which Morell achieves surreal effects by projecting a view of the outside world onto an indoor setting. Add your own home to the fabulous locations in New York, London, Paris, and Venice that Morell has chosen for his otherworldly camera obscura photographs.

Morell will make a camera obscura photograph in a room of your choice.

Estimate: $12,000–$18,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser(s) will receive is an archival pigment print, first of a yet to be determined edition. The size of the photograph will be approximately 22.5 x 30 inches, plus four-inch white borders.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: Bidders are encouraged to refer to the artist’s camera obscura work for examples of views that result in successful pictures. The room should have a modest number of windows that can be easily covered to fully darken the room (no skylights). The wall opposite the view should be simple and unobstructed. The best view is from a moderately elevated vantage point of clusters of buildings and/or nearby structures. The entire session should take approximately six hours. This lot includes two round-trip domestic US business-class tickets provided courtesy of United Airlines that can be used for the artist’s travel or at the winner's discretion. These tickets expire October 1, 2014, and are valid only for travel on United or United Express and not for any other code share or Star Alliance Flights. Redemption of the certificate is available only on United.com, and it is the sole responsibility of the winner to make all travel arrangements. If the shoot falls after this expiration date, the purchaser agrees to cover domestic business-class airfare for both the photographer and the photographer’s assistant. Purchaser agrees to cover per diems and hotel accommodation (maximum of two nights) for both the photographer and the photographer's assistant, plus the daily rate ($200) for assistant for up to two days. The purchaser agrees to pay all post-production, printing, mounting, framing, and shipping costs for the final print, estimated at $1,700.

Donation courtesy of Abelardo Morell, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, and United Airlines.
Comparative image:
Abelardo Morell. Camera Obscura: Camera Obscura: The Piazzetta San Marco Looking Southeast in Office, Venice, Italy, 2009. Inkjet print. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of the artist in memory of David Feingold, 2013.1. © Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.


LOT 2

Tony Tasset

One of Chicago’s great talents, Tony Tasset has worked in photography, film, video, and sculpture. Describing his work as Pop Conceptual, he often relies on personal elements to fabricate his works—as he did in his monumental 2010 public installation, Eye. For his new series of Constellations, Tasset connects the sitter like a star to others with the same date of birth, forming surprising intellectual, cultural, and personal connections.

Tasset will create a customized portrait constellation of you and notable cultural figures who share your birth date.

Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is Birthday Constellation, [Name of Purchaser], an archival digital print, the only of an edition of one (1) with two (2) artist proofs. The size of the photograph will be approximately 42 x 30 inches.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The purchaser will be responsible for fabrication and framing, estimated at $2,500.

Donation courtesy of Tony Tasset and Kavi Gupta Gallery.
Comparative image:
Tony Tasset. Birthday Constellation, Kavi Gupta, 2013. © 2013 Tony Tasset. Courtesy of Tony Tasset and Kavi Gupta Gallery.


LOT 3

Jason Salavon

Chicago-based artist Jason Salavon is noted for photographs and video installations that unearth unexpected patterns in everyday images. Using software of his own design to reconfigure images and data, he sources material that ranges from high-school yearbook photos to popular films.

Salavon will create a suite of works from an algorithmic analysis of your personal photographs.

Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is a unique suite of four to six photographs, ranging in size from 4 x 6 inches to 11 x 14 inches. The work would be a unique set, with no additional editions produced. The artist will work with the purchaser to identify a selection of personal photographs and pertinent biographical information. The artist will then create a work that is based on a visual and algorithmic analysis of the images and biography.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The purchaser agrees to cover the related costs of one photographer’s assistant, estimated at $1,000 total. The purchaser agrees to pay all post-production, printing, mounting, framing, and shipping costs for the final print, estimated at $2,000.

Donation courtesy of Jason Salavon and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York and Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.
Comparative images:
Jason Salavon. The Top Grossing Film of All Time, 1 x 1, 2000. Chromogenic print. The Art Institute of Chicago, David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Purchase Fund, 2005.219.


LOT 4

Moyra Davey

Moyra Davey’s mailers—sets of photographs selected by the artist that are printed, folded, and mailed through the post office—are among her most celebrated works. Each one is unique, and the artist sends them only to specially chosen friends and colleagues. The Tate, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art have all featured these works, and the Art Institute owns a great one. Now you can too.

Davey will create a unique mailer piece to be mailed directly to you over the course of a year.

Estimate: $25,000–$35,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is a unique grid of twelve 12 x 18 inches chromogenic prints, folded, taped, addressed, and mailed directly to the purchaser at an agreed upon address. The work would be a unique set, with no additional editions produced. Exact title of the work is to be determined by the artist. The photographs comprising the work will be chosen from the artist’s archive by the artist in consultation with the purchaser.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The work is to be installed unframed and with pins, as specified by the artist. The purchaser will be responsible for any installation costs.

Donation courtesy of Moyra Davey and Murray Guy, New York.
Comparative image:
Moyra Davey. L'Image Phantome, 2013. Chromogenic prints, tape, postage, ink. Courtesy of Moyra Davey and Murray Guy, New York.


LOT 5

James Welling

Internationally acclaimed Pictures Generation photographer James Welling has influenced at least two generations of artists. Gorgeously printed architectural photographs have been important to Welling for decades and have been featured heavily in his latest retrospective (Cincinnati Art Museum, Hammer Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur) as well as at the MCA earlier this year. You can have Jim Welling come to your own home to create his next stunning body of work.

Using the language of color and form for which he has become known, Welling will create a suite of images based on your home’s architecture or objects found within it.

Estimate: $30,000–$40,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is a color inkjet suite of six prints, approximately 15 x 23 inches each, or an equivalent variation thereof mutually agreed upon by the artist and winning bidder. The suite of prints will be the first of a yet to be determined edition. The artist or artist’s assistant will travel to the purchaser’s home to photograph the home’s architecture and/or objects found within the home. The artist will use these photographs as source images for a final color work.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The artist will not travel outside of the continental United States and will not fly on any small planes. This lot includes two round-trip domestic US business-class tickets provided courtesy of United Airlines that can be used for the artist’s travel or at the winner's discretion. These tickets expire October 1, 2014, and are valid only for travel on United or United Express and not for any other code share or Star Alliance Flights. Redemption of the certificate is available only on United.com, and it is the sole responsibility of the winner to make all travel arrangements. If the shoot falls after this expiration date, the purchaser agrees to cover up to two domestic business-class tickets. Purchaser agrees to cover any necessary per diems and hotel accommodation (maximum of our nights) for both the artist and the artist's assistant, plus the daily rate ($500) for assistant for up to three days. The purchaser agrees to pay all post-production, printing, mounting, and framing, costs for the final suite of six prints, estimated at $3,500. Shipping costs are to be determined once the work is complete.

Donation courtesy of James Welling, David Zwirner, New York/London, and United Airlines.
Comparative image:
James Welling. 0865, 2009. Inkjet print. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London. Philip Johnson Glass House is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each lot will be offered for sale subject to the terms and conditions set forth below. By bidding at auction, the buyer and all bidders agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions may be changed or supplemented as provided below.

  1. The Art Institute of Chicago (“AIC”) does not assume any risk, liability, or responsibility for any items offered at this auction.
  2. The Photographer may have his or her own terms and conditions that he or she requires of a Buyer. To the extent that any such terms or conditions were available in advance of the auction, AIC has endeavored to post such terms and conditions on the website promoting the auction and/or make such terms and conditions available at the auction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any such terms or conditions are a matter between the Photographer and the Buyer only and do not involve AIC.
  3. All sales are final and all items are sold “AS-IS, WHERE-IS, AND WITH ALL FAULTS.” AIC makes no guarantees, warranties, or representations, express or implied, of any kind or nature, with respect to the items or any of Photographer’s terms or conditions. In no event shall AIC be responsible for the correctness, nor deemed to have made any representation or warranty of description, of Photographer’s terms or conditions or the value or condition of the property purchased at auction. No statement in any printed materials, online or made at the sale or in the bill of sale or invoice or elsewhere shall be deemed a warranty or representation or an assumption of liability on the part of AIC.
  4. The values of the items included in this auction were provided by the parties that donated the items for this event. AIC does not review or verify the accuracy of these values.
  5. Auction purchases are not treated as charitable contributions. As a result, AIC does not issue a charitable contribution receipt to auction purchasers.
  6. AIC, in its discretion, may offer additional lots that may not be referenced in the auction materials. Such additional lots shall be subject to these Conditions of Sale and to Photographer’s terms or conditions.
  7. Any item may be withdrawn from auction at any time prior to the offering of each lot without any liability. If a lot fails to meet its reserve price, AIC may cancel such sale without any liability.
  8. AIC has the sole right to settle disputed bids and to decide whether or not to re-offer the lot.
  9. The record of sale kept by AIC shall be conclusive in all respects.
  10. Payment must be made at the end of the auction. Personal checks and major credit cards are acceptable; cash will not be accepted. Photo sessions will not be scheduled until AIC has been paid in full.
  11. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to arrange with the Photographer a date for a photo session, such date not to be later than October 19, 2014, unless otherwise agreed to by both the Buyer and the Photographer.