|Last Thursday night at the Lighthouse at Pier 61 on West 23rd and the Hudson River, Pratt Institute held its annual gala, Legends 2008: A Pratt Institute Scholarship Benefit Honoring Icons of Art and Design.
The Honorees were: Takashi Murakami, artist; Julian Schnabel, artist and filmmaker; and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, writer and advocate for art, architecture, design, and historic preservation.
Hosts for the evening were Pratt’s President, Thomas Schutte, and Chairman of the Board, Mike Pratt. Co-chairs for the evening were Kurt Andersen, Amy Cappellazzo, Marjorie Kuhn.
|Last Wednesday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Princess Grace Foundation–USA hosted the Princess Grace Awards Gala and presented 31 Awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as two Princess Grace Statue Awards to artists who have previously won Awards and have shown achievement and growth in their respective fields.
Every year, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) awards these grants to support its mission of providing crucial support to emerging artists in America. Additionally, Glenn Close was honored with the Prince Rainier III Award in recognition of her outstanding career and contribution to the arts.
|Entertainment for the evening included a performance by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings and dancing to DJ Tom Finn. Co-chairs for the Gala (and Platinum Sponsors) were Noelle and Dick Wolf, Emmy Award winning writer/producer of the Law & Order drama series and Dolly Lenz, Vice Chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman. Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Princess Grace Awards Gala was Hermès. Crown Sponsors this year were Ana Tzarev Gallery and Mrs. Edmond J. Safra.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation headquartered in New York City founded more than 25 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly], Prince Albert’s mother.
Corporate Chair for the Princess Grace Awards Gala is Gérard Cohen, of HSBC Private Bank (Monaco) S.A.
|Last Thursday night in the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building on 555 West 18th Street, the Young Friends of the ASPCA held their annual “Shaggy Dog” Gala. The benefit of which Katie Lee Joel was honorary chair, featured DJ Berrie. Cocktails, dancing and a silent auction, the party ran from 9 to 1.|
|Also last week, over at Bergdorf’s, they had a booksigning for Jeffrey Bilhuber and his new book “Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home” (photographs by Trel Brock).|
|From Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home.|
|Jeffrey Bilhuber is one of those fellows who is a multi-tasker. Putting this book together came through spending his weekend hours shooting and planning it since his daily business schedule is hectic. He is also a new father with son Christoph who was two last July 26. I remember the date because I share the same birthday. Jeffrey also did a great interview with NYSD HOUSE last year, in case you want to get a look at some of his work for himself.|