Winter Bacchanal Benefit
to Support Project For Empty Space
December 9th, 2016

Champagne Auction Preview: 6pm - 7pm
Bacchanal: 7pm - 11pm

Purchase tickets before Nov. 28th: $75
Bacchanal tickets: $100 each
Champagne Auction Preview + Bacchanal: $125 

Bacchanalian Attire is Requested!

It is with the greatest of pleasure and enthusiasm that we request your presence at the second annual fundraiser benefit to support Project For Empty Space! The 2016 Winter Bacchanal Benefit will celebrate PES’s ambitious year of growth, art, and community and will raise support for our future. 

This year, we are thrilled to honor curators Rocío Aranda-Alvarado (El Museo del Barrio), Deana Haggag (The Contemporary), and Rujeko Hockley (Brooklyn Museum), all of whom have who have exemplified an extraordinary commitment to cultivating social dialogue and betterment through their practice. The evening’s program will be hosted by Satyr of Ceremonies, Rahsaan "MR. Gandy" Gandy.

Please Join us for a bacchanalian feast with flowing wine and drinks, live performances by some very special (surprise) performers, interactive photoshoot by Ventiko, music, dancing, silent art auction, and much more!

Your attendance will benefit the following initiatives:
Artists-In-Residence Program: This initiative fosters three mid-career to established artists in a one-year residency program to create socially inspired work that engages the larger Newark community.

Community Programming and Exhibitions: The exhibition space is dedicated to social change through thought-provoking and culturally relevant exhibitions, in conjunction with exciting, engaging, and inclusionary community programs. Funds will support rotating exhibitions and facilitate programs such as talks, workshops, performances, and more, free and open to the public.

Outdoor Public Art Initiatives: We feel that community engagement should happen both within the exhibition space, but also out in the public arena. 


Check out our Bacchanal Auction on Paddle8!



About the PES Award for Excellence in Art and Social Practice (aka the Badass Art Woman Award)

As a community oriented organization, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to take a moment to recognize our incredible peers who are also working in the same vein of community engagement through arts. The PES Award for Excellence in Art and Social Practice (aka the Badass Art Woman award) is a token of our gratitude to other women who make an impactful difference not only in their communities, but in a multitude of other spaces around the world.

We are elated to honor Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Deana Haggag, and Rujeko Hockley, all of whom have who have exemplified an extraordinary commitment to cultivating social dialogue and betterment through their directorships and curatorial endeavors.

Join us in celebrating these amazing art mavens at our Winter Bacchanal on Friday, December 9th, from 7 - 11 PM. Presale tickets are available via eventbrite until November 23rd! 

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she has been organizing exhibitions since 2010. She is working on AFRICANDO! an exhibition of contemporary AfroLatin@ art and El Museo’s LaBienal2017. She recently organized Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion and!PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York, as well as editions 2011 and 2013 of LaBienal, El Museo’s biennial for emerging artists.  Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas.

Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty in the Art History Department at the City College of New York. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum, the Americas Society, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture and has taught art history at local universities. Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Nexus, Review, the journal of the Americas Society, NYFA Quarterly, Small Axe, BOMB and American Art.

Deana Haggag has been with The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD, in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists.

Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, is an advisory member for FORCE, and founded the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and is an active participant of the StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013 and a “Young Cultural Innovator” by the Salzburg Global Forum in 2015.

Rujeko Hockley is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She joined the Museum in 2012 and has since worked on exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital (2013), The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013 (2013), Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Collection (2013, 2014) (Co-curator), Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) (Co-curator), Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (2015), I See Myself in You: Selections from the Collection (2015) (Co-curator), Kara Walker: African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas) (2015) (Curator), Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016 (2016), and the forthcoming We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (2017) (Co-curator).

She serves on the Board of Art Matters, as well as the Advisory Board of Recess. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in Art History and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego.