Tracey Emin to be honoured at the MTV RE:DEFINE a world premiere art exhibition, auction & gala


Dallas, Texas (November 2, 2017) - The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation, is pleased to announce the seventh annual MTV RE:DEFINE benefit, a world-premiere art exhibition, auction, and gala presented by NorthPark Center to take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 in their CenterPark Garden.

The evening, featuring an exclusive musical performance and live auction led by Simon de Pury, will be hosted by Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, and chaired by Maxine Trowbridge and Brooke Davenport to benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary.  Often considered one of the most significant British contemporary artists, Tracey Emin is this year’s artist honoree.  She is best known for her autobiographical and confessional works that span a variety of media including painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, neon text and sewn appliqué. 

Since 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has been recognized as a premiere exhibition and auction in Dallas, TX, raising over $10 million for HIV prevention through MTV Staying Alive, and the Dallas arts community through Dallas Contemporary. This has been made possible thanks to contributions from many of the world’s leading artists including Marc Quinn, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Nate Lowman, Sterling Ruby, Enoc Perez, and Damien Hirst, among others. 

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and the 40th anniversary of Dallas Contemporary. The exhibition will feature over 50 works, including pieces from some of the world’s foremost contemporary artists: Tracey Emin, Richard Phillips, Francesco Clemente, and Enoc Perez, amongst others.  Selected works will be on view to the public at NorthPark Center the week before the benefit.  Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary, remarked: “MTV RE:DEFINE is always the best extravaganza for great food, the best contemporary art, and iconic rock n’ roll - it’s a Dallas event like no other. Tracey Emin will push the limits of cool Britannia and the event's electric vibe.”

“The Dallas community has been such a huge supporter of MTV RE:DEFINE over the years, and we’re thrilled to bring MTV RE:DEFINE back to Dallas again as part of MTV Staying Alive’s 20th anniversary celebrations,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

“For the past four years, NorthPark Center has been honored to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation through MTV RE:DEFINE.  

We are thrilled to extend our involvement this year by hosting this premier art auction at NorthPark Center in our CenterPark Garden.  It is certain to be an incredible evening, featuring the fabulous work of Tracey Emin and raising much-needed funds for HIV prevention and arts education,” said Nancy A. Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark Center with her husband David Haemisseger.

Tickets to MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 are available at For sponsorship information contact Joyce Goss,


MTV RE:DEFINE, an annual charity art exhibition and auction, was founded in 2011 by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and The Goss-Michael Foundation. It has grown to be one of the leading events on the contemporary art calendar and is now produced in collaboration with Dallas Contemporary. All proceeds from MTV RE:DEFINE benefit HIV prevention and education through MTV Staying Alive, and Dallas Contemporary’s commitment to arts education and awareness through its innovative roster of curated programming. Through generous donations from leading artists and support from local and national philanthropists and sponsors, MTV RE:DEFINE has raised over $10m to date. 

About Tracey Emin

In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts. 

About the MTV Staying Alive Foundation

MTV Staying Alive is an international content-producing and grant-giving organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV among young people. The Foundation creates and distributes challenging and entertaining HIV-prevention content across MTV channels and with third-party broadcasters, while finding and funding young leaders who are tackling the HIV epidemic in their own communities. To date, MTV Staying Alive Foundation programming has reached 100% of the top 50 countries affected by HIV, and has awarded 500 grants in 66 countries around the world, distributing over $5 million to grassroots HIV-prevention projects and directly benefitting 2.6 million young people. The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is registered as a UK charity and as a 501c3 charitable organization in the US. 

About Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum presenting new and fresh ideas from regional, national and international artists. Modeled after European art centers and located in an industrial building in the Design District, Dallas Contemporary is one of the only institutions of its kind in the United States, offering temporary exhibitions, important lectures and seminal learning programs.

About The Goss-Michael Foundation

The Goss-Michael Foundation is one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States. Founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007, the collection includes many important artists in contemporary art including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn and Michael Craig-Martin. In addition to displaying the private collection, The Goss-Michael Foundation supports an Artist-in-Residence program, exhibits select international artists on a rotating basis, and works with significant Texas-based artists as part of its (FEATURE) program. 

About NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center is the finest shopping experience and the preeminent shopping center in the Southwest with more than 230 stores and restaurants, including more than 70 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s, NorthPark offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture and extraordinary landscaping, as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15. NorthPark surpassed $1.2 billion in sales in 2016 and consistently ranks as one of the top five performing shopping centers in the United States. NorthPark is North Texas’ number one tourist destination and is conveniently located seven miles from downtown Dallas and 35 miles from Fort Worth., 214-363-7441, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225.

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November 7, 2017 6:49am ET by Pressparty  

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