The Frick's annual Autumn dinner and Casita Maria's 2014 Fiesta
|This past Monday night at the Frick Collection, they hosted their annual Autumn dinner in the galleries. This dinner is like everything else at the Frick – a cut above – in terms of atmosphere, presentation and the pleasure of dining amidst the Turners, El Grecos, Vermeers, Goyas, Manets, David. I mean really, where else in the United States of America can you do this? In what used to be a man’s home – and still protects some of that feel.
I’ve written this many times before so I’ll be quick, but the Frick always deserves a special word. It is a haven, a solace, and a refuge from the city’s horns and bells and honks and cellphone carriers. We know a lot about Mr. Frick, its founder, and his dealers and his daughter. It’s a story to tell with many sides and shades. But the main event was this house, the museum, this collection. Whatever the karma that went into its inception, its construction, its expansion and its reputation, the Fricks created a little bit of heavenliness on this mad planet of ours.
|This year’s black-tie dinner honored Barbara Fleischman. Mrs. Fleischman is an extraordinary philanthropist and collector. She is also a longtime supporter of The Frick Collection. Indeed, the event is the only sit-down dinner held in the museum’s monumental picture galleries with their masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.
Mrs. Fleischman is also among the foremost supporters of museums in this country. Her generosity has touched many cultural institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Archives of American Art, where she established the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in memory of her husband. At The Frick Collection, Mrs. Fleischman has served as a Trustee since 2009, during which time she has been a stalwart champion of all aspects of the institution.
|Mrs. Fleischman's contributions include support for the special exhibitions Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery and Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, as well as the programs of the Center for the History of Collecting. In 2011, she gave an important Renaissance drawing to the museum by Domenico Beccafumi (1486–1551) in honor of then Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Colin B. Bailey. Mrs. Fleishman has also served on the benefit committee for the annual Autumn Dinner (2011–2013) and on the host committee for the Spring Garden Party.
Proceeds from this event help to support the full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives, and the Frick Art Reference Library. This year, it raised $1,200,000.
|This year’s benefit committee was: John and Constance Birkelund, Peter and Sofia Blanchard, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Burns Jr., Champagne Louis Roederer, Citigroup, Tom Flexner, Domaines Ott, Martin and Kate Feldstein, Guillaume Fouilleron, Ms. Elise D. Frick and Mr. John A. Garraty, Michael and Mary Gellert, Gail and Peter Goltra, Elizabeth Marsteller Gordon, Mr. Michael Graziano, Bruce Greenwald, Agnes Gund, Dr. Peter N. Heydon, Bob and Sheila Hoerle, Thomas L. Kempner Jr. and Katheryn C. Patterson, Lillian E. Kraemer and Maurice G. Eldridge, Margo M. Langenberg, Terry and Bob Lindsay, Nancy Abeles Marks, Joyce F. Menschel, Arnold and Hilda Neis, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phipps Jr., Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Robinson, Rouse Properties, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Mrs. Julio Santo Domingo, Roberta Schneiderman, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Phyllis and Nathan Shmalo, Judith and Randy Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. A. Alfred Taubman.|
|This past Monday, October 20th, at The Plaza Hotel, Lynn Wyatt, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, and Santiago Calatrava were honored at the "2014 Fiesta" gala benefiting the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education. As has become the tradition, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Aileen Mehle, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia again served as the Dinner Chairmen. Christopher Mason was a fantastic master of ceremonies.
This year marked Casita Maria's 80th year in New York City — no small feat for any organization. The benefit returned to The Plaza Hotel for this milestone year. Cocktails were served in the Terrace Room and guests were then ushered upstairs to The Grand Ballroom where dinner was served and guests danced into the early morning hours to the music of The Bob Hardwick Sound and his Latino All Star Sound.
|Always one of New York's most glamorous parties, Fiesta brought together the international social elite from five continents, and always with a South American flair, to support the organization's extraordinarily worthy work with children, teenagers, and their families in the South Bronx.
The event hosted over 400 hundred guests including Fabiola Arias, Tony Bechara, Kelly Bensimon, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brodsky, The Honorable Sila Calderon, Clara Brillembourg Chopivsky, Clara Tamayo de Brillembourg, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Juan Pablo and Barbara del Valle, Beth Rudin DeWoody, John Demsey, Elise and Thomas Enders, Mr. and Mrs. Francesco Galesi, Federico and Jessica Garza-Bueron, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Charles and Ann Desollar Hale, Dr. and Mrs. William Haseltine, Jamie and Cynthia Kempner, Michele Gerber Klein, Peter Lyden, Ann Nitze, Florence Peyrelongue, Rick & Leticia Presutti, Ann Rapp, Benigno Rodriguez-Cubenas, Patric Ruiz-Healy, Jeannette Sanger, Yolanda Santos, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Barbara Cirkva Shumacher, Barbara and Donald Tober, Carmen Unanue, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Andreas and Elizabeth von der Goltz, Tanya Rivero Warren and Kristi Witker.
|The Fiesta Honorary Chairs were Ana Cristina Alvarado and Maria Eugenia and William Haseltine.
The Pachanga Chairmen were Alexandre J. Leviant and Florence Peyrelongue.
Guests enjoyed an amazing menu: the appetizers included a Black Mission Fig and Chevre Tart, followed by an entrée of a Filet Mignon served with a Broccolini, Spaghetti Squash, and Potato Dauphiuose, in a Bordelaise Sauce; dessert was a dark chocolate Panna Cotta served with roasted Stone Fruit, Raspberries, and Toffee Nuts.
|Photographs by Christine A. Butler & Mary Hilliard (Frick)|