ARTcetera 2018: October 27

ARTcetera: Discover Art, Change Lives

The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts invites you to attend ARTcetera 2018, a biannual art auction. ARTcetera 2018 boasts unique surprises and an elegant 200-plus piece art auction including work by Juan Travieso, Danny Clinch, Salvador Dalí, and many more.

Put together every year by Rafanelli Events and The Catered Affair, ARTcetera remains one of Boston’s best venues for art acquisition and one of the city’s best parties. Co-Chairs Laura Gassner Otting and Ruta Laukien, Curatorial Chair Olivia Ives Flores, and Executive Director of AIDS Action Carl Sciortino promise an evening to delight and surprise. Art collectors, philanthropists, bright new art world stars, and community members discover fine art, connect to one another, and support the work of AIDS Action, Massachusetts’s leading provider of AIDS-related services as well as prevention and wellness services for people vulnerable to HIV infection.

Date: October 27; time: 7:30 p.m.; location: The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts; tickets:

ARTcetera was founded in 1985 by a group of Boston-area artists who responded to the AIDS epidemic by donating their own creations to raise funds for research. These artists raised over $100,000 that year and generated a new space for the community to share in grief, in hope, and in celebration of the lives of the friends and colleagues they had lost to the disease. Over the last thirty-three years, ARTcetera has become an essential funding source for AIDS Action Committee. In years past, ARTcetera has auctioned off work by artists such as Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Annie Liebowitz, Keith Haring, and Domingo Barreres and raised over $700,000 for AIDS Action.

Some of the finest art institutions and curators in the Boston area donate works to this auction. They include: Abigail Ogilvy Gallery; deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum; Gallery Oh!; Krakow Witkin Gallery; Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Montserrat College of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Peabody Essex Museum; The Provincetown Art Association and Museum; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts; and Uprise Art. The auction brings together entrepreneurs, bright new art world stars, and top philanthropists to support the vital work of AIDS Action.

For more information visit or call (857) 313-6735. AIDS Action is New England’s largest provider of services to people living with HIV/AIDS and populations at risk of infection. In 2013, AIDS Action ( became a part of Fenway Health ( which works to make life healthier for the people in the city’s neighborhoods, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population.

Photos by Michael Blanchard Photography

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.