“Hellooo!” Oprah Winfrey sang into her microphone on Tuesday night, her voice raising a few octaves. “We’re at Sotheby’s!”
The occasion for Winfrey’s visit to the storied New York City auction house? An art exhibit and auction hosted by Sotheby’s and Miss Porter’s School called “By Women, for Tomorrow’s Women.” The event was the first all-women-artist benefit held at a major auction house. The art world offers yet another dimension to the wage gap between women and men: last year, of 2,000 artworks sold at the auction house for more than $5 million, a mere 5 percent were made by women. None of them were women of color.
This lack of representation for women artists compelled the head of school at Miss Porter’s, Katherine Windsor, to cull 43 works of art by more than 40 women artists for the show; the students at the college prep institution wrote the highlights for the pieces. Some of these teens attended the party, circling the vast gallery space checking out art by Dorothea Rockburne, Lily Stockman, Ghada Amer and more. The event took place across three floors (guests sat for dinner by chef Missy Robbins later on in the evening) but the real action