Contemporary artist Eric Fischl will be honored at this year's MTV Re:Define. (Photo by Ralph Gibson)
George Michael (Photo by Caroline True Photography)
Libertine designer Johnson Hartig
Chaka Khan (Photo by Timothy Fielding)
You’ll want to queue up “Tell Me Something Good” as we’ve just learned some rather good news about next month’s MTV Re:Define event, presented by The Joule and sponsored by PaperCity.
The late-breaking scoop: Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chaka Khan is the headlining act. But chair Max Trowbridge and hosts Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss have plenty more up their event-planning sleeves — all to benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s effort to stop the spread of HIV among young people, and Dallas Contemporary.
Fashion designer Johnson Hartig, founder of the iconoclastic punk-style brand Libertine, will be honored, as will contemporary artist Eric Fischl. The internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor is widely regarded as one of the most influential figurative painters of our time, with his works residing in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Curator Neville Wakefield will once again put his creative eye toward the live and silent auction, with the full exhibition of auction items open to the public the week prior to the event. With past donating artists such as Sterling Ruby, Damien Hirst, and Marc Quinn, one can only dream of what otherworldly, collectible works will go on the auction block this year.
In a solemn moment, with the recent death of pop star George Michael — former partner of Kenny Goss, co-founder of The Goss-Michael Foundation, and a founding partner of MTV Re:Define — this year’s gala will pay special tribute to the musician. We suspect Chaka Khan is already planning which of Michael’s many hits she should cover in memoriam.
MTV Re:Define benefitting the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary, Friday, March 24, at Dallas Contemporary.