Monday, May 21, 2018 from 6:30pm–10:00pm
Price: $350-$5000
Type of event:
Visual AIDS Event

VAVA VOOM 2018 Honoring Lyle Ashton Harris, Thomas Allen Harris and Steed Taylor

Tribeca 360
10 Desbrosses Street
New York, NY, 10013
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Thank you for joining us!

Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards (VAVA VOOM)

Monday, May 21st, 2018 6:30-10:00pm

Tribeca 360, 10 Desbrosses Street, NYC

Those Honored:

LYLE ASHTON HARRIS, presented by K. Anthony Appiah

THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS, presented by Shari Frilot

STEED TAYLOR, presented by Jackie Hoffman

Hosted by Morgan Bassichis and Pamela Sneed

Performance by Jackie Hoffman 

Special guest Nona Hendryx 

Music by DJ Ryan McNamara

VAVA VOOM Silent Auction Was A Success! 
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Hannelore Baron, Barton Lidice Benes, Peter M. Cramer, Damien Davis, Joy Episalla, Jackie Ferrara, Elizabeth Ferry, Judy Glantzman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Thomas Allen Harris, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jacobson, Stephen Lack, Walter Robinson, Gary Schneider, Devan Shimoyama, Kiki Smith, Tony Tasset, Steed Taylor, Paul Thek, Scott Treleaven, Jack Waters, Kathleen White, Jimmy Wright, and Carrie Yamaoka 

Big thank you for the prizes donated by La Compagnie, Jonathan Adler, Lucas Michael, New York Health and Racquet Club, l.a. Eyeworks, V-MODA, and more.

Sponsored by:      William Blair              Lambent Foundation

Co-Chairs: Patrick Owens & Gary Martin, Marlena Sonn, Diana & Rafael Vinoly

Auction Co-Chairs: Gracie Mansion and Sur Rodney (Sur)

Benefit Committee: 

Astor Medical Group | Henry A. Belin III | Carmine Boccuzzi & Bernard Lumpkin | Austen Brandford | Daniel Chow & Jamie Saakvitne | Culture Corps | Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts | Yance Ford | JC Garcia-Lavin & George Fesser | Garment District Alliance | Thelma Golden | Alexander Gray & David Cabrera | Gregory Gray | Catherine Gund | Carlos Gutierrez-Solana | Jim Hodges | Bill Jacobson | Alexandra Juhasz | John Kelly | Rudean Leinaeng | Nicolas Lesbros | Glenn Ligon | Jennie Livingston | Tom Mayes & Rodney Glover | Sean Mellyn | Lucas Michael | Gregory Miller & Michael Wiener | Jason Moran & Alicia Hall Moran | Jennifer Morton Jody Quon & Gordon Finkelstein | Penny Pilkington & Wendy Olsoff | Ralph M. Randazzo, Esq. & Fredric J. Cantor | Mark Robbins | Rajendra Roy | Ira Sachs & Boris Torres | Salon 94 | Chris Satek & Steven Sergiovanni | Eric Shiner | Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture | Anna Deavere Smith | Pamela Sneed | Yvonne Welbon | Deborah Willis | Lauren Wittels | Pavel Zoubok & Paul Baglio, Jr.

For more than two decades Lyle Ashton Harris (born 1965, New York) has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Known for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson), Harris teases the viewers’ perceptions and expectations, resignifying cultural cursors and recalibrating the familiar with the extraordinary. Harris has exhibited work widely, including at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) among many others, as well as at international biennials (São Paulo, 2016; Busan, 2008; Venice, 2007; Seville, 2006; Gwangju, 2000). His work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, most recently The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2014 Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and was recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.). In 2016 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and was appointed a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation. Having studied at Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Harris is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University. Harris created Selections from the Ektachrome Archive, 1986–1996for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, Visual AIDS' video program distributed internationally for Day With(out) Art 2014.


Thomas Allen Harris, an award-winning Director, is the President of Chimpanzee Productions, Inc. a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality, including feature length films, performances and live multimedia productions. Mr. Harris’ deeply personal and innovative films – Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005), E Minha Cara/That’s My Face (2001), VINTAGE – Families of Value (1995), – have received critical acclaim at International film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty, Cape Town and Melbourne Arts Festival and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, and more. His performance-based videos have been featured at museums and galleries including MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1995 Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia, the Long Beach Museum of Art and London Institute of the Arts. In 2009, Mr. Harris and his team launched the transmedia community engagement project, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion LLC (, a performance-based touring Roadshow, and a virtual gathering space, where individuals are invited to explore and share the rich and revealing narratives found within their family photo albums. Harris is currently working on several Digital Diaspora inspired projects including Remember Me: The Family Album Project – a documentary exploring how the family album shapes memory and identity in the digital age. Mr. Harris’ most recent film, Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People won the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary film, a Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award and an Africa Movie Academy Award among others. A published photographer, curator, and writer, Harris lectures widely on art, memoir and the use of media as a tool for social change. Harris has served on a variety of Juries including the Independent Spirit Awards, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Biology, Harris was an Associate Professor of Media Arts at the University of California San Diego, as well as a Lecturer at Yale University’s School of Art, the International Center of Photography and Sarah Lawrence College. Harris created About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, Visual AIDS' video program distributed internationally for Day With(out) Art 2017.

Born near Fayetteville, North Carolina and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, English with honors and Studio Art), and American University in Washington, DC (MBA in Marketing and Finance) and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Steed Taylor's art practice includes public artwork as well as work for gallery settings. His art has been shown around the country including the Bronx Museum, the Mint Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Neuberger Museum of Art's 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art. Besides extensive showings in the New York metropolitan area, his solo shows include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, Florida and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy. Recent commissions for his public artwork include the cities of New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA and New Orleans, LA, as well as the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, Florida State University, Columbus College of Art & Design and others. Recent lectures include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine. An activist for many years, he has worked with a wide variety of both arts and AIDS organizations including the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Artists Board of Artists Space, Co-Chair of the 21st Century Committee for the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 1999-2005, Board of Directors for Visual AIDS 1995-1998 and 2010 to 2018 and Board of Directors of Cannabis Cares from 1999 to present. Steed will receive the William Olander Award, a special VAVA presented each year to an individual in the creative arts living with HIV, and is named in honor of the late New Museum curator and co-founder of Visual AIDS.

K. Anthony Appiah was educated at schools in Ghana and in England, and studied at Clare College, Cambridge University, in England, where he took both BA and PhD degrees in philosophy. His Cambridge dissertation brought together issues in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, which led to two books Assertion and Conditionals (1985, Cambridge University Press) and For Truth in Semantics (1986, Basil Blackwell). Since Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard universities and lectured for institutions in the United States, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom. From 2002 to 2013, he was a member of the Princeton University faculty. Among his recent books are Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006, W. W. Norton), Experiments in Ethics (2008, Harvard University Press), The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (2010, W. W. Norton), Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity (2014, Harvard University Press), and A Decent Respect: Honor in the Lives of People and of Nations (2015, University of Hong Kong Law School). In January 2014, he joined NYU School of Law, where he teaches in New York, Abu Dhabi, and other NYU global centers.

Shari Frilot is a Senior Programmer for Sundance Film Festival and the Chief Curator of the New Frontier program. In New Frontier, Frilot, has created an experience where film, art, and multimedia technology coincide to hatch new ways to tell stories.

Frilot’s career in cinema began in the 1990s with her indie films like the documentary Black Nations/Queer Nations? She’s acted as director of the MIX festival in New York, co-founded MIX Brazil and MIX Mexico, and was the co-director of programming for Outfest before aligning with Sundance. A filmmaker, curator and festival programmer for events including MIX International Festivals and LA’s Outfest, she is a long-tenured Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Frilot has been a pioneer in the development of immersive cinematic environments and the creative force behind New Frontier since its inception. She is an alumna of Harvard/Radcliffe University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Jackie Hoffman is a New York based actress, singer, comedian, who was most recently seen in her EMMY Nominated role of Mamacita in FX's Feud: Betty and Joan and played the recurring role of David’s mother on NBC’s The New Normal. She has been in the original Broadway casts of The Addams Family, Xanadu, and Hairspray, for which she won the Theatre World Award for most outstanding Broadway debut. Other Off-Broadway plays include A Chanukah Charol, The Tribeca Theatre Festival, The Gingerbread House, The Book of Liz, for which Jackie won the Obie award for best actress, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob (Lincoln Center Theatre Festival) and One Woman Shoe. Regional Theatre: Chicago at the MUNY, The Sisters Rosensweig at the Globe Theatre. Jackie starred in six revues at The Second City theatre in Chicago, where she won the Jeff Award for Best Actress. Jackie’s solo shows at Joe’s Pub, all directed by Michael Schiralli, have all received tremendous critical acclaim. Her show “The Kvetching Continues” won Time Out New York’s outstanding achievement award and was the longest running show in Joe’s Pub’s history. Other solo shows: “Jackie Five-Oh!,” “Chanukah at Joe’s Pub” (Bistro Award), “Scraping the Bottom,” and “Jackie with a Z.” Jackie won a Mac Award in 2009 for Best Female Stand Up. She can be seen in the films Birdman, The Sitter, The Extra Man, How to Seduce Difficult Women, A Dirty Shame, Garden State, Legally Blonde II, Kissing Jessica Stein, and Mo’ Money. Her television appearances have included “The New Normal,” “Raising Hope,” “Melissa and Joey,” “On We Go,” “30 Rock,” “Starved,” “Hope and Faith,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Strangers with Candy,” “TV Funhouse,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Soulman,” “Cosby,” as well as the voices for the cartoons “High School USA,” “Family Guy,” “Dilbert,” “PB & J Otter,” and the film Robots.

Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as "out there" (by Morgan's mother) and "super intense" (by Morgan). Morgan has performed at Artists Space, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, MoMA PS1, Poetry Project, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum. Morgan's musical adaptation (with TM Davy, DonChristian Jones, Michi Osato, and Una Osato) of Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta's 1977 manifesto-fairytale, "The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions," was featured at the New Museum as part of Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon. Morgan's yearlong residency with Recess, "To Do 2017," can be found online. Morgan has received support from Art Matters, BOFFO, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Queer/Art/Mentorship, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Morgan's essays have been published in the Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other anthologies. Morgan lives in New York City.

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer and performer. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and a chaplet, Gift by Belladonna. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. In 2017, She was a Visiting Critic at Yale and Columbia University. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts for 2017/18. She is online faculty at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art and has also been a Visiting Artist at SAIC in the MFA summer low-res program. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery, The High Line, and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. She directed a final showcase at Lincoln Center Atrium. Her collage work appeared in Avram Finklestein’s FOUND at The Leslie Lohman Museum in 2017. Her work appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poets.” Her latest book, Sweet Dreams, was published by Belladonna in February 2018. Pamela joined the Visual AIDS Board of Directors in March of 2018.