Glorious Two x Two Gala fetches $7.6 million as Dallas' artsiest affair of fall
More than 500 invited guests from the worlds of art, fashion, and philanthropy came together October 21 at the Rachofsky House to raise big bucks at the 2023 Two x Two G ala .
Officially called TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction, the 24th annual black-tie affair brought in $7.6 million for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. In a change from past years, the event was presented by Saks.
Per tradition, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky and John and Lisa Runyon hosted the event under the signature 7,000-square-foot geodesic dome tent, which Todd Fiscus' Todd Events team had transformed into a space inspired by the works of the night's artist honoree, María Berrío .
The event was held inside a 48-foot-tall geodesic dome at Rachofsky House. Photo by Kevin Tachman
Outside, a video mapping projection of migrating butterflies fluttered across the Rachofsky House exterior. Inside, the tent was swathed in a rich color palette of blue, lavender, and green, with nods to nature and lush landscapes of rainforests, paying homage to Berrío’s home country of Colombia.
As guests and VIPs arrived - including DMA director
, Saks CEO
Jason and Porschla Kidd
Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki
Jerry and Gene Jones
- they were led to the Tequila Casa Dragones lounge and offered trays of Cindy Rachofsky’s favorite “Cindy’s Margarita,” featuring Casa Dragones Blanco tequila. It was followed by a seated, multicourse dinner - including caviar by Regiis Ova - inside the tent.
Cindy Rachofsky, Lisa Runyon, and Two x Two executive director Melissa Ireland welcomed the crowd and turned things over to Anna Katherine Brodbeck , the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, who introduced patrons to honoree Berrío. T. Ryan Greenawalt and Kevin McClatchy, amfAR co-chairs of the board, presented Berrío with amfAR’s 2023 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.
Artist honoree Maria Berrio with one of her artworks. Photo by Kevin Tachman
After dinner, singer Jason Derulo entertained with his hits including "Whatcha Say” and “Savage Love,” and then surprised the crowd by kicking off the auction with a personal $100,000 donation.
Of course, the order of the night was raising money, and that fell largely on the shoulders of auctioneer Michael Macaulay , senior vice president at Sotheby's. In all, 122 worksby artists including Berrío, Grace Carney, Tom Anholt, Anish Kapoor , and more were offered on auction. A number of luxury trips and experiential packages were up for bidding, as well.
An after-party, presented by Loewe, kept the evening going in the back garden of The Rachofsky House. Also designed by Todd Events, it featured a moody lounge space with lush greenery inspired by rainforests. A Casa Dragones bar served icy espresso martinis, and attendees noshed on Pizzana pizza by Chef Daniele Utidi .
Trays of Moet Hennessy Brandy Alexanders were served in the lounge. Photo by Bruno, Snap the Picture
Two x Two has become the largest fundraiser in the United States for essential AIDS research at amfAR, as well as the largest single annual source of funds for contemporary art acquisitions at the DMA; to date, the event has raised over $120 million. Through its funding, the DMA has added more than 325 major works of contemporary art to its permanent collection.
Notable attendees of the 2023 gala included Bela and Chase Cooley, Sue Gragg, Tina Craig, Carlos Gonzalez-Jamie, Laura Cunningham, Alexandra Looney, Matthew Looney, Meghan Looney, Danielle Hunter, Suzanne Droese, Dave Clark, Leigh Anne Clark, Moll Anderson, Ceron, Brian Bolke, Courtney and Kyle Noonan, Coley and Bradley Means, Elaine Agather, Nancy Dedman, David Haemisegger, Sarah Haemisegger, Isabelle Haemisegger, Jennifer and John Eagle, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Joyce Goss, Selwyn Rayzor, Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Bach Mai, Nicole de la Torre, Santiago Jorba, Catalina Gonzalez Jorba , and hundreds more.