Some of the art world's big names are stepping up to help a fellow artist and his parents, Minneapolis-based independent curator Joan Rothfuss and photographer Paul Shambroom. Last July, 25-year old Leon Shambroom, a musician and DJ, was found unconscious from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning after being trapped in a house fire in South Minneapolis. He's unable to speak or walk, and his medical bills are sure to mount.
Tonight, a benefit art auction will be held at Weinstein Gallery to help defray the costs. Organized by Chicago photographer Brian Ulrich, Alec Soth, Soth's studio manager Carrie Thompson, MCAD and Weinstein, the event will include a silent auction featuring works by more than 50 artists from around the world: Edward Burtysky, David Goldis, Todd Hido, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Richard Misrach, Yoko Ono, Martin Parr, Soth, Ulrich and many others. Channy from the band Roma di Luna will perform.
That's tonight, July 14, 6-9 pm, at Weinstein Gallery, 908 West 46th Street, Minneapolis. I hope to see you there.
Martin Parr, England. New Brighton, from "The Last Resort" (1983-1985)