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