On May 24, 2011, AD sponsored the highly successful annual ACRIA UNFRAMED event, curated by Vik Munez. For the last 17 years, Unframed has been considered one of the most exciting and unusual art events of the year, benefiting AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). More than 30 leading contemporary artists participated and approximately 300 guests attended the opening night reception. Bank of New York Mellon was named a title sponsor.
The event kicked off with an opening reception hosted by AD editor in chief Margaret Russell. It was held at the stylish, new condominium building: 123 Third Avenue. Participating artists included Carlos Betacourt, Lucas Blalock, Louise Lawler, Coke O’Neal, Rachel Perry Welty, Talia Chetrit, Christopher Milne, John Waters, and more.