Immune to Cancer: The CRI Blog




The Art of Transformation at CRI’s 2018 Through the Kitchen Party

In 1958, photographer Ezra Stoller captured the recently completed Seagram Building in New York. It rises up out of the photograph’s frame, seemingly infinite, towering above the other buildings and creating a clear vertical split between old New York (of stone and ornament) and new (of glass and minimalism). It and the other buildings sit above a construction site with a large advertisement for Palisades Park on the perimeter boards, the only person in the picture a cartoon dominated by the buildings above it. Stoller recorded not only this revolutionary architecture, but also its place in the world. 

On May 6, 2018, in the Seagram building in New York City, a group of people will make their way “through the kitchen” for The Pool & The Grill—an experience only given to guests once a year and an opportunity to change perspective in more ways than one. Stoller’s work, as well as a selection of other fine art, are included in the Cancer Research Institute’s first-ever charity art auction held during our 2018 Through the Kitchen Party.

Once seated at their tables, guests may bid on works by artists Ed Ruscha, Anni Albers, Pat Steir, and Fred Tomaselli, or if they prefer to go behind the scenes, they may bid on a studio visit with artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Other offerings include a 10-week, paid college summer internship at Bloomberg and a private dinner party generously donated by The Grill. The live art auction begins at 9:20pm (register by May 5 at 6:00pm EDT) while a concurrent online silent auction (now open) closes at 10:00pm EDT. This unique building, rare kitchen visit, and remarkable auction all come together to form a special charity benefit that will transform lives. 

At the Through the Kitchen Party, the Cancer Research Institute raises vital funds for the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which supports young immunologists at top universities and research centers around the world. We provide essential funding for the laboratory research of these promising scientists, who work under the mentorship of the world’s leading immunologists. 

For 65 years, the Cancer Research Institute has fueled the discovery and development of powerful immunotherapies for all types of cancer. Our pioneering organization also served as artistic inspiration for Fred Tomaselli, who used New York Times front pages to create whimsical alternate worlds. His NYTimes, Sunday, July 31, 2016  features an article on immunotherapy that discusses the origins of the Cancer Research Institute.

The lifesaving promise of immunotherapy is needed now more than ever. Countless people have been touched by cancer, even those of the most creative spirits, including textile artist Anni Albers, a cancer survivor who kept notebooks of her distinctive draft designs. Her work, Untitled , ca 1969 (Graphite on square-lined notebook paper) is available for bidding.

For additional details about the charity auction, browse a PDF of our catalog online. Together, we can transform cancer treatment and save more lives.

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