Art Uncorked auction to benefit The Dorsky Museum returns Oct. 22

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz announces Art Uncorked 2019, an evening of food, wine, and silent and live auctions on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6 – 9 p.m., at The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York City.

Art Uncorked is the Dorsky Museum’s premier fundraising event of the year, with proceeds supporting exhibitions, publications and educational programs for New Paltz students and the broader public.

The Dorsky is pleased to recognize Marcuse Pfeifer, an early supporter of photography as fine art, as this year’s Special Honored Guest.

As a special treat, The Dorsky will also provide all Art Uncorked guests with exclusive private viewing access to the Rubin Museum of Art’s Special Exhibitions and Permanent Collection galleries from 5 – 6 p.m., an hour prior to the Art Uncorked event.

Radio personality Paul Higgins of WKZE will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, and auctioneer Robbie Gordy, associate vice president and auctioneer at Christie’s New York, will guide the bidding for the Live Auction.

Auction items include:

  • Hand-crafted glass from Malfatti Glass and Hudson Beach Glass
  • Custom “Behind the Scenes” tours of galleries and museums including The Whitney and the Rubin Museum of Art
  • Works by renowned photographers Peter Hujar and Joel Meyerowitz
  • Relaxing getaways to Mohonk Mountain House and other Hudson Valley resorts
  • And much, much more!

Please visit to view a complete list of auction lots. Those who cannot attend in person can also use that link to register to participate in the online auction.

Purchase early-pricing tickets for Art Uncorked online via this link, or by phone at (845) 257-3844. Ticket prices will remain discounted until Oct. 14.

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact The Dorsky Museum at as soon as possible.

About 2019 Special Honored Guest Marcuse Pfeifer
Marcuse “Cusie” Pfeifer is acknowledged as a key figure in the recognition and promotion of photography as fine art. Beginning in 1976, Pfeifer’s gallery (located first on Madison Avenue, and later in Soho) gained a reputation as one of the few spaces where one could view and purchase images by both well-known and up-and-coming artists. She helped launch the careers of numerous contemporary photographers, including Sally Mann, Peter Hujar and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Keenly aware during her career of the art world’s tendency to overlook important women photographers, Pfeifer also played an important role helping restore to prominence artists including Carlotta Corpron, Nell Dorr and Lois Connor.

In addition to her role as a gallerist, Pfeifer was a founding member and president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, host of The Photography Show, one of the world’s foremost photography art fairs. Pfeifer was also a founding member of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, New York, where she ran the Center’s art exhibition program for over ten years.

In 2018 Pfeifer donated 67 photographs by 19th and 20th century masters to the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, adding scope and depth to the museum’s already significant collection of vintage and contemporary photography. Many of these photographs were on display in a 2019 exhibition titled “In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer.”

About The Dorsky Museum
Through its collections, exhibitions and public programs, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art supports and enriches the academic programs at the College and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system. Since its official dedication in 2001, The Dorsky has presented more than 100 exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann, and Ushio Shinohara.

The Dorsky gratefully acknowledges the support of Art Uncorked sponsors to date, including Janine Tramontana and Gareth Old, Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, Lois and Bob Baylis, Floyd Lattin and Ward Mintz, Bob Owens and Evie Klein, Susan and Eli Basch, Carol L. Buell and Olivia Hicks, Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, Chestnut Marts, Inc./Mickey and Kay Jamal, Murali Chigurupati, Chronogram/Upstater, Clinton Vineyards, Dani Korwin and Anthony DiGuiseppe, Mohonk Mountain House, Mary Ann Quinn and Philip Berkowitz, Shelley Frost Rubin and Donald Rubin, Schwartz Heslin Group, Inc., SUNY New Paltz Foundation, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and other generous individuals and businesses.

Museum Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, holidays and intersessions.

For more information about The Dorsky Museum and its programs, visit or call (845) 257-3844.