On Friday night, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation, hosted the sixth annual MTV RE:DEFINE benefit, a world-premiere art exhibition, auction and gala. And we raised over $2.7million!
The evening featured an exclusive performance by ten-time Grammy Award winning songstress Chaka Khan. Iconic American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Eric Fischl was this year’s artist honoree, and esteemed fashion designer Johnson Hartig was recognized for his contributions to art and fashion.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to give substantially to organizations such as Dallas Contemporary, the Goss-Michael Foundation, and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. Through their great programs in arts education and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, they bring a more meaningful and deeper sensitivity and empathy towards diversity.” – Eric Fischl
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This year’s gala paid special tribute to the iconic pop star, George Michael, who presented MTV Staying Alive’s first ever documentary on HIV/AIDS for MTV in 1998.
“This year’s MTV RE:DEFINE is especially poignant as we celebrate George Michael — a long term supporter and friend of MTV Staying Alive. We have been incredibly honored by his and Kenny’s unwavering support, and our partnership with the Goss-Michael Foundation that has made MTV RE:DEFINE possible. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness and support for our mission, and especially thank all the artists for their involvement and generosity.”
– Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive
In addition to a special tribute video which was screened to commemorate George Michael, world-renowned artist Damien Hirst donated a one-of-a-kind painting featuring George Michael’s visage for the auction which raised $580,000 in the live auction!
Tonight’s the night – @mtvredefine is back! @damienhirst has donated this incredible painting of George Michael and it’s just one of the many amazing pieces being auctioned off tonight. Follow them for all the updates!
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Since 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has become a staple in the Dallas arts calendar and raised over $10.7 million, thanks to contributions from many of the world’s leading artists. This year’s exhibition, curated by Neville Wakefield, featured works by over 60 of the world’s foremost contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov.