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Watch Oprah Explain Why Art Is Important in This New Video

The former talk show host is backing an art auction to support Miss Porter's, a private girls' school.
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  • Oprah Winfrey has partnered with artist Agnes Gund for an upcoming art auction, and created a great video to promote it.
  • Proceeds from the auction will go towards financial aid programs at Miss Porter’s, an all-girls private school in Connecticut.

    Oprah Winfrey, whose niece went to Miss Porter's School, and arts patron Agnes Gund, who's an alumni of Miss Porter's herself, have teamed up to curate and chair an art auction benefitting the school.

    Titled "By Women, For Tomorrow's Women," the auction catalogue consists mainly of works by pioneering—and often under-recognized—women artists. To promote the event, Winfrey and Gund, who's also president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, released a video with Dr. Katherine Windsor, Head of School at Miss Porter's.

    "I love this idea of art that is representative of diversity and inclusion of all people," Oprah explains in the video. "And specifically looking for more women artists in the world... For me, art, it’s always about how it makes me feel, and whether or not it creates a certain emotion or idea or thought or uplift."

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    Oprah arrives at the Museum of American History for the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016

    She goes on to speak about the first painting she ever bought, titled "To the Highest Bidder." Oprah describes the work by Harry Roseland, which displays, as she says, "a slave woman on the auction block for sale with her daughter."

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    "I saw this painting and went 'whoa, what is that?'" Oprah says. "Now it’s the centerpiece of my home. I cannot leave my house or enter my house without seeing that painting. It is a reflection of who I am, where I’ve come from, and represents the thousands of spirits that have come before me that have made my life possible. That’s what art does."

    Watch the video in full below.

    The auction, being held by art auction house Sotheby's, will take place on March 1. The catalogue is available to view here, and the pre-sale exhibition opened on February 22.

    This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
    * Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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