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Benefit Exhibition History

Since 1963 the Foundation has held fifteen benefit exhibitions with the total participation of nearly 1,000 artist contributors. Sales from benefit exhibitions raise needed funds for the Foundation's program of grants and also help serve as proof of public support. The Foundation's exhibitions have typically featured hundreds of works from a mix of artists of different generations and have included hundreds of works hung salon-style. It is noteworthy that the Foundation only sells work, never auctions it. Works remaining from past benefit exhibitions may be viewed and purchased on the Foundation's Works for Sale page.

1. “Exhibition and Sale of Works Donated by Artists to the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

February 25–March 2, 1963
Allan Stone Gallery
48 East 86th Street
67 artists (69 works)
1963 Benefit Exhibition Checklist Available

2. “Drawings: Benefit: the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

December 14, 1965–January 5, 1966
Simultaneous showings at:
Leo Castelli Gallery, 4 East 77th Street
and
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 29 West 57th Street (through December 30)
and
Kornblee Gallery, 58 East 79th Street
216 artists (221 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

3. “Prints: To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

December 9, 1967–January 4, 1968
Kornblee Gallery
58 East 79th Street
Number of artists and works unknown
Poster designed by Claes Oldenburg and available for purchase.

4. “Drawings: To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

November 29–December 20, 1980
Leo Castelli Gallery
420 West Broadway
201 artists (209 works)
Poster designed by Ellsworth Kelly and available for purchase.

5. “Eight Lithographs to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

November 28–December 19, 1981
Leo Castelli Gallery
420 West Broadway
Eight artists

6. “The 25th Anniversary Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc."

December 8–30, 1988
Simultaneous showings at:
Brooke Alexander, 59 Wooster Street
and
Leo Castelli Gallery, 420 West Broadway
70 artists (83 works)

7. “30th Anniversary Exhibition of Drawings: To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

December 11, 1993–January 8, 1994
Leo Castelli Gallery
420 West Broadway
187 artists (189 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

8. “Prints: To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts"

December 5–December 29, 1995
Brooke Alexander
59 Wooster Street
133 artists (141 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

9. “Drawings & Photographs: An Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc."

December 8–December 23, 2000
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 West 22nd Street
267 artists (275 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

10. “Clarissa Dalrymple's Exhibition of Young Artists to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts"

Organized by Clarissa Dalrymple
February 16–February 25, 2006
Bortolami Dayan
510 West 25th Street
37 artists (42 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

11. “Posters: Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts"

December 8–December 20, 2006
Paula Cooper Gallery
521 West 21st Street
418 posters
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

12. “Photographic Works: To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts"

December 11–December 20, 2008
Cohan and Leslie
138 10th Avenue
209 artists (212 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.
2008 Benefit Exhibition Catalogue Available

13. “Painting and Sculpture: Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts"

December 9, 2010–January 9, 2011
Lehmann Maupin
201 Chrystie Street
190 artists (192 works)
Poster designed by Marcus Ratliff and available for purchase.

14. "Artists for Artists: 51st Anniversary Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts"

December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015
Matthew Marks Gallery
526 West 22nd Street
39 artists (43 works)
2014 Benefit Exhibition Catalogue Available

15. "65 Works Selected by James Welling: Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts"

December 9, 2016–January 28, 2017
David Zwirner
533 West 19th Street
65 artists (65 works)
Poster design by James Welling and Joseph Logan, after Marcus Ratliff.