REMA HORT MANN FOUNDATION

25th++ Anniversary Gala 

     Town & Country A Picture Perfect Evening; “On November 1, nearly 500 guests flocked to Tribeca 360 in New York City to celebrate the 25th anniversary gala of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. … Guests including Nick Cave, Marilyn Minter, Kelly Rowland, and Renée Elise Goldsberry were on hand for the evening, [which] honored Mickalene Thomas, Marianne Boesky and Dr. Elisa Port, and Billy Mann. Attendees were treated to musical performances by pianist BLKBOK and tenor Lawrence Brownlee as well as an art auction including works by Nicole Eisenmann, Dana Schutz, Oscar Murillo, and Marlene Dumas.”

VOGUE Inside the Art and Artist-Filled Rema Hort Mann Foundation Gala; “A dizzying array of talent gathered for an evening of reflection, conversation, and music. … In 1995, RHMF launched with the goal of fostering young talent and providing direct support to cancer patients. The [Emerging Artist Grant] grant program has become legendary for nurturing the likes of Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Sarah Sze, and Dana Schutz.”

ARTnews At Tribeca Gala, Art Insiders Raise $2.7 M. for Medical Care and Emerging Artists; “Collectors and artists gathered in Tribeca for a gala staged by New York’s Rema Hort Mann Foundation — a philanthropic organization dedicated to funding support for families of cancer patients that has forged deep roots in the city’s cultural sector as a longtime backer of emerging artists.” 

Guest of a Guest  The Art World’s Most Stylish Stepped Out For The Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Glam Gala; “On Tuesday evening, the art world’s biggest names gathered in Tribeca for a sold out 500 seat gala to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. RHMF was founded in the 1990s to honor the legacy of the art collectors Susan and Michael Hort’s arts-engaged daughter Rema, who died from stomach cancer at age 30. RHMF’s dual flagship programs are the annual Emerging Artist Grant, which welcomes artists into a lifelong support network starting with an unrestricted $10,000 grant, and the rolling-issuance Quality of Life Cancer Grant, which funds cancer patients’ abilities to spend time with loved ones during treatment—a medically important component of care that is too-often overlooked in cancer philanthropy. The gala honored 2007 Emerging Artist Grant alum Mickalene Thomas; art dealer and breast cancer survivor Marianne Boesky–a dual honoree with the acclaimed oncologist Dr. Elisa Port, who led Boesky’s treatment; and Rema’s widower Billy Mann, a co-founder of the RHMF, who with his second wife and children has lovingly upheld Rema’s legacy.” 

 
The 2022 25th++ Anniversary Gala Honorees embody the Foundation’s enduring values:
 

Mickalene Thomas is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose multidisciplinary practice intersects with art history and popular culture related to ideologies of self-image, female sexuality, beauty and power that examine how identity, gender, and subjectivity have been informed by the fetishization of the female body throughout history. Artist Alumni Mickalene will be honored with the Art and Social Justice Award.

Dr. Elisa Port is the Chief of Breast Surgery and professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Health System, and the Director of the Dubin Breast Center. Dr. Port performs hundreds of operations each year and is a leading expert in sentinel-node biopsy. Her research has been widely published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgery, and Cancer Research. Dr. Port and her husband Jeff are also art collectors. They purchased their first artwork in 1998 from Marianne Boesky when she first opened on 51 Green Street.  This space also happened to be situated directly next door to Tilton Gallery where Susan Hort was a partner. Fast forward to 2012, Dr. Port and Marianne were reintroduced, only this time not at a gallery event, but when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to Dr. Port’s wise guidance and commitment to her patients, Marianne is now cancer free and sits on the advisory board of the Dubin Breast Center at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Elisa Port and Marianne Boesky will be honored with the Quality of Life Award for their duel dedication to the cancer and the contemporary arts communities.Marianne Boesky established her eponymous gallery in New York in 1996. Since its inception, the gallery has come to represent and support the work of emerging and established contemporary artists of all media and genres. Her roster currently includes artists such as Ghada Amer, Jennifer Bartlett, Sanford Biggers and Marianne Boesky Gallery was also instrumental in launching the careers of Sarah Sze as well Yoshitomo Nara, Lisa Yuskavage and Takashi Murakami among others.  Her gallery is committed to amplifying the international profiles of her dynamic roster of artists through collaborative initiatives that support their needs and interests around the globe. 

Billy Mann is a Grammy-nominated American hit singer/songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur whose interest in identifying and investing in talent early has been a key part of his career and continues to drive him today. Billy is a co-founder of Rema Hort Mann Foundation and a dedicated Board member who has tirelessly advocated for our programs. Billy will be honored with the Humanitarian Award.