Transformer 16th Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Party


THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to making
Transformer's 16th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party
a tremedous success!

Transformer is so grateful to all of the participating Auction Artists for generously donating proceeds of their art sales and for performing at the event, to HMB and Volunteers for helping with install and de-install, as well as to our illustrious Host Committee Chairs, Host Committee, many Sponsors and Experiences Donors for their incredible support in raising substantial funds towards propelling Transformer forward into our 2020 Exhibition Season.

Additional thanks to our Diplomatic Chair, H.E. Emily Haber, the Ambassador of Germany, and to our Auction night venue, The Corcoran School of The Arts & Design, and After Party host, The LINE DC!

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All images by Mariah Miranda. 


16th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019

The GWU / Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
500 17th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20006 

VIP Reception  7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sponsored by The Berliner and Gordy’s Pickle Jar

Auction Party 8:00pm - Midnight 
With food and confections by Occasions Catering and Paisley Fig,
and drinks by Anxo Cidery, Ellē, Buck’s Fishing & Camping, Comet Ping Pong & Wine Traditions Ltd.

Performances by artists Tsedaye Makonnen, Rex Delafkaran and Armando.
Closing Lot performance by DuPont Brass,
with Gong performance by Naoko Wowsugi and Antonius Bui.
Music by Natty Boom and DJ bent of Anthology of Booty DJ Collective.

Transformer's annual gala is an extension of Transformer’s vibrant, cutting-edge aesthetic, featuring outstanding artists, art, food, drink, and more. Regarded as the fall’s ‘not to be missed’ art event, the Auction provides essential support for our innovative year-round exhibitions and educational programming.

This year’s Auction theme was Bauhaus Cabaret in honor of Transformer’s cultural collaborations with the Goethe Institute and German artists, our Auction Diplomatic Chair, H.E. Emily Haber, The Ambassador of Germany, and the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art movement. 

Guests enjoyed specialty drinks & German inspired hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, an artist designed photo booth by visiting German Artists Sascha Appelhoff & Lena von Goedeke, performances, and beats by Natty Boom and DJ bent of Anthology of Booty DJ Collective. The Silent Art Auction featured a special curated selection of contemporary artworks by emerging German artists & 200+ DC emerging and more-established artists.

Think Berlin Babylon meets Franz Ferdinand meets ​Comme des Garçons, or Khaite. B​old shapes, bold sounds, bold colors, yet functional – like Transformer! The energy will be dancing and drinking on the edge of the abyss – which let’s face it we kind of are!”
– Victoria Reis, Transformer Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director,, September 16, 2019