Friday, March 14, 2008

Dessert and Dancing

Dessert and Dancing in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Razzle-dazzle. This past Tuesday at the American Museum of Natural History, they held the museum’s annual Winter Dance with more than 750 of the museum’s “junior members” (many of the same you might have seen at The Frick last night, or the Museum of the City of New York, the night before). There was a seated dinner for 200 and then afterwards dancing in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Honorary Chairs were Roberto and Eva Cavalli. Chairs were Fabiola Beracasa, Claire Bernard, Amanda Hearst, Tinsley Mortimer, Leelee Sobieski and Arden Wohl. Dancing Chairs were Danny Baker, Derek Blasberg, Jason Beckman and Simon Hammerstein.

Hosts were: Hope Atherton, Kathryn and Gentry Beach, Byrdie Bell, Melissa Bent, Mary Kate Olsen.

In the crowd: David Lauren and Lauren Bush, Barbara Bush, Josh Lucas, Olivia Chantecaille, Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr., Stephanie LaCava, Karen Duffy, Lydia Fenet, Tiger and Caroline Williams, Sang A, Charles Nolan, Laura Poretzky, Mary Guiliani, Samantha Thavasa, Jay Godfrey, Marissa Anshutz, Matt Maitland, Dee Dee Sides, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Thom Filicia, Khajak Keledjian.
Roberto Cavalli with Winter Dance Chairs Tinsley Mortimer, Amanda Hearst, Fabiola Beracasa, Claire Bernard, and Arden Wohl
Museum Trustee Roberto and Allison Mignone
Erin Fetherston and Sarah Sophie Flicker
Mary Giuliani and Lydia Fenet
Roberto Cavalli and Anne Hathaway
Lisa Airan, Mary Kate Olsen, Derek Blasberg, Margherita Missoni, and friend
Roberto Cavalli and Laura Byrna
Erin Fetherston and Hedi Ferjani
Lucy Sykes Rellie and Euan Rellie
Lonneke Engel
Byrdie Bell
Jessica Stam
Cynthia Rowley
Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees Lewis Bernard, Winter Dance Chair Claire Bernard, and Billy Norwich
David Lauren and Lauren Bush
Josh Lucas and Marissa Anshutz
Friend, Laura Poretzky, and Jacqueline Sackler
Gentry and Kathryn Beach with Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr.
Museum Trustee Roger Altman and Museum President Ellen V. Futter
Jen Brill and Terry Richardson
Long table in Dzanga-Sangha Rainforest diorama
Jason Pomeranc and Ali Wise
Club DJ Kid America
Dinner in the Hall of Biodiversity
The New School held a cocktail reception celebrating entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson at the dedication of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, a new downtown destination for design events and exhibitions. The center was made possible in part by a $7 million donation from Mrs. Johnson and will serve as an urban quad in the heart of the New School’s campus. Mrs. Johnson is a co-founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television), a Global CARE Ambassador and the CEO Salamander Hospitality which oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties and lifestyle businesses. Mrs. Johnson is a busy woman, as you can see.

Among those attending: Jeffrey Banks, Pamela Bell, Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, Tess Dempsey, Douglas Durst, Pamela Fiori, Bob Kerrey, President of the New School, John Lijewski, Stefan Sanders, Denise Seegal, Paul Warwick Thompson, Tucker Viemeister and Michael Vollbracht.
Sheila C. Johnson with Steven Stolman, Parsons Board Member Harlan Bratcher, and Parsons Board Member Kay Unger
Cooper-Hewitt Director Paul Warwick Thompson and Stephen Kaplan
Parsons alumna Jane Bannerman, '30 (left)
Sheila C. Johnson and New School President Bob Kerrey
Architect Lyn Rice, Sheila C. Johnson, Parsons Dean Tim Marshall, and Bob Kerrey
Steven Stolman, Parsons Board Member Kay Unger, and Jeffrey Banks
Eugene Lang and New School Trustee Julien Studley
Parsons Board Member Michael Donovan, Former Parsons Dean Randy Swearer, and Peter Wheelwright
MoMA Chief Curator Barry Bergdoll, Susan Morris, and friend
Sheila C. Johnson and New School Trustee Philip Scaturro
Parsons Chair Kent Kleinman, Parsons faculty member Lisa Pincus, and Vera List Center for Art and Politics Director Carin Kuoni
Parsons Board Member Nancy Dorn, Leonard Levine, Pamela Levine, Sheila C. Johnson, and New School Trustee Philip Scaturro
Stephen and Diane Reynolds
New School Trustee Arnold Aronson and Sheila C. Johnson
Hon. William T. Newman, Kay Unger, and Parsons Board Member Denise Seegal
Parsons Design Workshop Director David Lewis, architect Lyn Rice, and Donald Albrecht
Sheila C. Johnson and Fred Hochberg
Parsons Exhibitions Director Christopher Mount and Stefan Sagmeister
Parsons Board Member Michael Donovan, Parsons Board Member Sally Susman, and Pamela Fiori
Della Britton, Sheila C. Johnson, and Jamie Drake
Pamela and Leonard Levine
A quick train ride to D.C.: More than 200 Washington decorators, socialites and bibliophiles gathered in Blake Hall at Georgetown’s St. John’s Church last week for An Evening with Bunny Williams.

Georgetown Public Library blaze on April 30, 2007
Hosted by the Georgetown Office of auctioneers Doyle New York, the event celebrated the publication of Bunny’s latest book, Bunny Williams’ Point of View, and featured a slide presentation by her, followed by a book signing reception.  The evening raised funds for the restoration of the historic Georgetown Public Library, which was severely damaged by fire last spring.

Among the notable guests were Washington decorator Frank Randolph; Chairman of the 2008 Georgetown House Tour Jennifer Mottershead; and prominent Georgetown philanthropist Frida Burling; as well as the Co-Chair of the 2009 Washington Antiques Show, Anne Driscoll.

Representing Doyle New York were its Chairman/CEO Kathleen M. Doyle; Director of Doyle’s Georgetown Office Director Reid Dunavant; Doyle Georgetown Staff Samira Farmer and Susan Conway; and Doyle New York SVPs Louis Webre and Lorraine Tuohy.
Touring the charred interior of the Georgetown Public Library: Reid Dunavant, Ginny Cooper, the library architectural historian, Kathleen Doyle, and Anna Velazco
Co-hosting the event with Doyle was Bunny Williams’ husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, who has opened a Georgetown branch of his well-known New York City shop. 

Representing the library were Ginny Cooper, Chief Librarian of the DC Public Library (formerly of the Brooklyn Public Library), and Anna Velazco, Executive Director of the DC Public Library Foundation, the fund raising division of the DC library system. Ginny Cooper and Anna Velazco provided a private tour of the charred library for representatives from Doyle New York earlier in the day.
Leslie Kamrad, Frida Burling, and Kathleen Doyle
Susan Popescu, Kathleen Haley, and Lisa Mitchell
Frida Burling and Reid Dunavant
Frank Randolph, Theresa Burke, Fran Kenworthy, and Fredrika Velazco
John Rosselli, Kathleen Doyle, Bunny Williams, and Louis Webre
Melinda Miller and Jan Lupton
Leslie Lee, Peg Ourand, and Christine Huve
Tom Anderson, Kevin Pruiett, and Marc Schappell
Marie Kerwan and Mike Schmidt
Edwin Williamson, Frida Burling, and Kathe Williamson
Bruce Maxwell, Reid Dunavant and Mary Bird
Jenny Mottershead and Frida Burling
Ruth DeHart and John Rosselli
Barry Dixon, Susan Calloway, and Frank Randolph
Stephen Meeter, Anna Velazco, and Reid Dunavant
Jerry McCoy and Mark Greek
Harold Schafke and Susan Conway
Kevin Pruiett, Susan Calloway, and Todd Gambill
Pilar and Juan Pablo Molyneux, and members of the Advisory Committee chaired by Michèle Gerber Klein, celebrated the eve of the private preview for Cooper-Hewitt’s new Rococo exhibit with a cocktail party at the Molyneux’s townhouse. Juan Pablo himself spent most of the evening giving eager guests tours of his exquisite collections and beautiful rooms.

Pilar and Juan Pablo Molyneux
Among those attending were committee members Judy Price, Oliver Karmer, Cooper Hewitt president Paul Thompson, Gail Davidson, Jennifer Northrop, Eileen and Richard Ekstract, Janis Cecil, Lauren Thierry Watkins, Mike Latham with Heidi Druckemiller, designer Zang Toi, Bibiane Choi, Tommy Block, Ruth Stanton, Paul Hering, Mrs. DuPont, Sara Coffin, Caroline Baumann, Fiona Donovan, Anne Shisler Hughes, Julie Barnes, Pauline Metcalf, Ben Krone, Leah Raintree, Marcus Burke, Ellie Cullman, Jenny Fishbach, Fenella and Morrison Heckscher, Hicham Aboutaam, Susan Hermanos, Tom Kahn, Ashton Hawkins, Cara McCarey, Gerald Stiebel, and Penelope Hunter Stiebel.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730–2008, is a groundbreaking exhibition that fully explores Rococo and its continuing revivals up to the present day in multiple fields; furniture, decorative arts, textiles, prints, and drawings.

The exhibition charts the progress of Rococo style as it radiates from Paris, travels to the French provinces; migrates to other European countries, and later crosses over to the United States.

The exhibit will be on display through July 6. at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum at 2 East 91st Street.
Peter Price and Michele Gerber Klein
Hicham Aboutamm, Caroline Baumann, and Judy Price
Ben Krone and Leah Raintree
Sarah Coffin and Morrison Heckscher
Gerald Stiebel and Penelope Hunter Stiebel
Cara McCarey, Juan Pablo Molyneaux, and Ashton Hawkins
Mike Latham and Heidi Druckemiller
Ling Tant and Zang Toi
Thomas Block, Paul Hering, and Tom Kahn
Mrs. Dupont and Marcus Burke
Janis Cecil, Lauren Thierry, and Gale Davidson
Ellie Cullman and Jenny Fishbach
Bibiane Choi, Paul Thompson, and Pauline Metcalf
Anne Shisler Hughes, Jennifer Northrop, and July Barnes

Photographs by ©D. Finnin, R. Micken, C. Chesek (AMNH); ©PatrickMcMullan.com (Roccoco).

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