Gallery view of the Simone Leigh exhibition. Three tall human figure like sculptures in a gallery.

The Hirshhorn Spring Luncheon sponsored by Chanel is a celebration of creative women whose contributions are central to the cultural life of the nation. The annual event serves as one of the nation’s preeminent platforms for honoring women whose service and singularity shapes our creative community. Guests will experience lunch in the galleries with the honorees and an accompanying programming devoted to women at the forefront of the arts.

2023 Speaker Katy Hessel in conversation with Melissa Chiu.

2023 Speaker Katy Hessel in conversation with Melissa Chiu. Photo: Tony Powell


We invite you to be a part of this exclusive celebration. Help us to honor the contributions of creative female leaders while supporting women-led exhibitions and programming at the national museum of modern and contemporary art.

The 2024 honorary event co-chairs Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States and Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security will join Melissa Chiu, Hirshhorn director to present the Hirshhorn National Arts Award to:

  • Sarah Arison, President of the Arison Arts Foundation
  • Suzanne Deal Booth, Art Director and Philanthropist
  • Suzanne McFayden, Writer and Philanthropist
  • Tina Perry-Whitney, Art Collector and President, OWN TV Network and OTT Streaming
  • Kimberly Richter Shirley, Art Collector and Philanthropist

The benefit supports the Hirshhorn’s mission to preserve, study and promote modern and contemporary artists, notably the women whose work serves as a core of the Hirshhorn’s collection, exhibition schedule and public programming. Past funds have subsidized exhibitions by leading global artists such as Laurie Anderson and Simone Leigh, whose critically acclaimed career survey is on-view through March 3, as well as last year’s survey, “Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection” which featured artwork by many of the 1,000 modern and contemporary women artists represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Past event co-chairs and honorees have included Jacqueline Badger Mars, Ambassador Megan Beyer, Pamela Joyner, Caroline Kennedy, and Sharon Percy Rockefeller.

2023 Spring Luncheon Honorees . Top row: Megan Beyer, Pamela J. Joyner, Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu, Cathy Halstead, Abigail DeVille, Bottom Row: Jacqueline Badger Mars, Barbara Levine

2023 Spring Luncheon Honorees . Top row: Megan Beyer, Pamela J. Joyner, Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu, Cathy Halstead, Abigail DeVille, Bottom Row: Jacqueline Badger Mars, Barbara Levine Photo: Tony Powell


Luncheon Benefits

EVENT AND RECOGNITION

  • One seat at the Spring Luncheon
  • Recognition in the Annual Luncheon invitation and printed program*

*Pledges must be received prior to February 14, 2024 for inclusion on the exhibition wall, catalogue, and printed invitation materials

EVENT AND RECOGNITION

  • Eight preferred seats with one of the honorees at the Spring Luncheon
  • Recognition in the Spring Luncheon invitation and printed program*
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian Institution Annual Report and on the Hirshhorn’s annual donor wall in the Museum Lobby

*Pledges must be received prior to February 14, 2024 for inclusion on the exhibition wall, catalogue, and printed invitation materials

EVENT AND RECOGNITION

  • Ten preferred seats for you and your guests with one of the honorees at the Spring Luncheon
  • Recognition in the Spring Luncheon invitation and printed program*
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian Institution Annual Report and on the Hirshhorn’s annual donor wall in the Museum Lobby

*Pledges must be received prior to February 14, 2024 for inclusion on the exhibition wall, catalogue, and printed invitation materials
SPECIAL INVITATIONS

  • Special invitation for you and your guests to a private curator-led tour of Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860–1960; or OSGEMEOS: Endless Story