Thursday, April 30, 2009

Classical Visionaries

The Fund for Park Avenue’s 60,000 Orange Tulips Celebrated at Scully & Scully.
Classical Visionaries: A Jeffersonian Evening was the theme for the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation’s Gala benefit dinner and dance that took place at the Rainbow Room on Tuesday, April 21.

Jaquelin T. Robertson and Rizzoli International Publications were the honorees at the “very Jeffersonian” gala held by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. The Foundation, which was established in the city in 1991 but has now grown nationwide, is the American friends group of the eponymous museum in London so loved by the cultural cognoscenti.

The evening’s theme was suggested by the fact that Jaque, who has devoted a long and distinguished career to architecture and urban design, also served for nearly a decade as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (UVA). HIs remarks in accepting his honor also suggested a near encyclopedic knowledge of the 18th century statesman, polymath, and architect.
Clockwise from above: Betty Scott; Tim Knox; Robert A.M. Stern.
As well, an essay in the evening’s souvenir booklet by Danielle Willkens, a Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Traveling Fellow (2007) and University of Virginia graduate, tracked remarkable parallels and connections between the lives and careers of Jefferson and Soane: both men lost their fathers at a young age and quickly became dedicated, introspective students; both shared a mutual admiration of the architecture of ancient Rome, particularly the Pantheon, and embraced new technology, methodology, and sectional qualities in their architecture.

Both also designed their own residences and became wedded to the task after losing their wives. Monticello and Soane’s residence at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London were designed over the span of more than forty years, as experiments in the manipulation of light and the intricacies of carved space, and as vessels for the abundance of diverse collections. Drawings, models, mirrors, curiosities, and gadgets adorned every open fragment of wall space and spilled from marble tables and cases.
Laura Blanco and Chippy Irvine as Sir John Soane and Thomas Jefferson
Scholarship soon took a back seat, however, as Jefferson himself appeared on stage, in the guise of a be-wigged Board President Chippy Irvine. Sir John Soane joined him, in the form of a be-wigged Laura Blanco, also a board member. Together the two belted out a gender-bending, side-splitting duet to the tune of Irving Berlin’s Anything You Can Do I Can Better: “Anything you can build, I can build better. I can build anything better than you…No you can’t, S: Yes I can; Yes I can!; (Soane) I am full of knowledge, (Jefferson) I have built a college; (Soane) Education's vital, and I've earned a title (J) 'scuse me, I'm a President; (S) And I'm a British resident!”

In accepting the Soane award for Rizzoli, David Morton, Associate Publisher for Architecture, spoke about his passion for classical architecture and its importance to the publishing house, which has produced books in New York since 1974. Through the publisher’s largesse, guests left with copies of Allan Greenberg’s fabulous The Architecture of Democracy tucked into their gift bags.

An array of architects, architecture aficionados, designers, cultural leaders and—more surprisingly perhaps—writers gathered for the evening.

Bestselling novelists Tom Wolfe and John Behrendt, such notable architects as Jacque’s partner Alexander Cooper; Robert A.M. Stern, last year’s Soane honoree; Toshiko Mori and James Carpenter; Joan Krevlin and Harry Kendall of BKSK Architects; Claire Weisz of WXY Architecure + Urban Design; Samuel G. White of Platt Byard Dovell White Architects and his wife Elizabeth White of The Monacelli Press; Richard Sammons and Anne Fairfax of Fairfax and Sammons; and John Ike, Tom Kligerman, and Joel Barkley of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects.

Prominent designers present included Mica Ertegun, Keith Irvine, Stephanie Stokes, Laura Blanco, Birch Coffey from the New York area, and Paul Wiseman, in from San Francisco for the occasion. Among the New Yorkers present were Deborah Marton of the Design Trust for Public Space, Adele Chatfield Taylor of the American Academy in Rome, Emily Frick of The Frick Collection, and Holly Block of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Architectural leaders in other cites came in for the evening as well, including Richard H. Driehaus of Chicago, Cynthia and John Gunn of San Francisco, and John and Cynthia Everets of Boston. Tim Knox, director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, was present to thank the group of Americans and describe the Museum’s plans for opening up its second floor to the public.
Cynthia Gunn, Richard Snyder, and Carol Haber
Frank de Biasi, Dara Rosenfeld, and Jamie Dworkin
Danielle Willkens and Tim Knox
David Morton, Mica Ertegun, Jaque Robertson, and Betty Scott
Nick Stern, Bob Stern, Mica Ertegun, Tom Wolfe, and Courtney Stern
Michele and Cameron Mactavish
Jaque Robertson welcomed to the stage by Bob Stern
John Kirk, Suzanne Stephens, and Ed Siegel
Joel Barkley and Peter Lang
John Everets
Keith Irvine and Karen Gage
Linda Karshan, Barbara Simon, and Janine Rensch
Molly Borthwick, Najla Al-Naqeeb, and Randolph Fishburn
Peter Tufo, Anya Robertson, and Liz Stiffel
Lisa and Jamie Dworkin
Randolph Fishburn, Najla Al-Naqeeb, and Paul Tabor
Honoree Jaque Robertson, David Morton, Anne Fairfax, and Richard Sammons
Robert A.M. Stern, James Carpenter, and Toshiko Mori
Kathleen E. Springhorn and Richard H. Driehaus
Tom Wolfe and Courtney Stern
Tim Knox, Stephanie Stokes, and William A Haseltine
Nicholas and Courtney Stern
Paul Wiseman and Thomas Jayne
Mica Ertegun and Jaque Robertson
Mitizi Perdue
Molly and David Borthwick
Richard Sammons, Honoree David Morton, and Anne Fairfax
Tom Wolfe greeted by Jaque Robertson
Publicolor hosted its annual Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit two weeks ago, with Painting, Cocktails, Dinner and Program at the Martin Luther King High School (122 Amsterdam Ave between 65th and 66th Streets)

Stir, Splatter & Roll (SS+R) is Publicolor’s annual fundraiser. Guests paint collaborative artworks under the direction of Team Leaders who are some of New York’s most distinguished designers, architects and artists.

Mary Boone and Ruth Lande Shuman
This year’s honorary team leaders included Mark di Suvero, Philip Glass, Peter Halley, Meredith Monk, Stanley Tucci and Lelli + Massimo Vignelli. After painting, guests enjoyed a seated dinner in honor of Mary Boone, the celebrated gallery owner credited with discovering several artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Barbara Kruger, and more.

To date, Publicolor has transformed over 105 New York City public schools and 115 community sites, including clinics, shelters, and police precincts. Their programs impact the daily lives of over 200,000 students and mobilize the efforts of more than 2,000 volunteers annually. Transformed schools have reported increased teacher attendance, lower rates of violence and graffiti, and a greater sense of pride and ownership among students.

Among those attending were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michael Kors, Mary Boone, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, Administrator and Commissioner of the HRA Robert Doar, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott, Erana Stennett, Will Cotton, Ray Learsy, Melva Bucksbaum, Klaus Kertess, Ross Bleckner, Jamie Dinan, Lance LePere, Billy Daley, Linda Wells, Paul Cavaco, Marina Rust Connor, Rene Rockefeller, Michael Shuman, David Shuman, Marc Ecko, Sally Minard, Pippa Cohen, Desiree Gruber, Council Member Gale Brewer, Vanessa Carlton, Jessica Farkas, Nicole Miller, Kimberly Schulhof, Shoshanna Gruss, Sara Min, Matt Pincus, Jeffrey Banks, Bob Siegel of Gwathmey Siegel, Simon Holloway of Narcisco Rodriguez, Jenna Lyons of J. Crew, Vicente Wolf, Anne Waterman (head of PR for Michael Kors), Mark di Suvero, Jamie Gregory, Jennifer Creel, Robert Jackson, Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development Jeanne Mullgrav and Beth de Woody (as co-chair).
Deven Parekh, Ruth Lande Shuman, Mayor Bloomberg, and Mary Boone
Vanessa Carlton
Jeffrey Banks and Anne Waterman
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Lance LePere
Robert Jackson
Beth de Woody
Marc Ecko
Mark Lebow and Deputy Mayor Patti Harris
Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor students
Mayor Bloomberg, Ruth Lande Shuman, and Judine Somerville
Michael Kors, Ruth Lande Shuman, and Mary Boone
Nicole Miller
/W. Franc Perry III
/Verone Kennedy
/Will Cotton
Marc Ecko
Nicole Miller
CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) held its 17th Anniversary Awards dinner at the Pierre. Julie Chen and Michael Douglas were emcees. Joe Califano, who created CASA, hosted the evening. The honorees were Muhtar Kent, President and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, who was presented with the CASA Distinguished Service Award, and Anne and Kirk Douglas who were presented with the CASA Inspiration Award (for their courage and generous spirit to help families battle substance abuse and addiction). The evening raised $1.5 million.
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President, CASA, Kirk and Anne Douglas (recipients of CASA’s inaugural Inspiration Award), Michael Douglas
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Muhtar Kent, President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company (recipient of CASA's Distinguished Service Award)
Ursula Burns, President, Xerox Corporation (CASA Board Member) and Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Selin Kent, Cem Kent, Muhtar Kent, Anne Douglas, and Kirk Douglas
Bill O'Reilly, Muhtar Kent, Hilary P. Califano, and Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Ralph Lopez, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Attending Physician, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Paula Lopez
Anne Douglas
Anne Douglas and Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation
Kirk Douglas
Dick Button and Margaret Robson
Kirk Douglas, Donald R. Keough, Clarke Keough, and Patrick Keough
Leslie Moonves, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Michael Douglas, and Julie Chen
Michael P. Schulhof, Chairman, GTI Group, LLC (CASA Board Member), Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Julie Chen and Kirk Douglas
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Dr. Joseph Cahalan, Vice President, The Xerox Foundation, Ursula Burns, Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine (CASA Board Member)
Hilary P. Califano, Anne Douglas, and Eve Williams-Jones
Donald R. Keough, Chairman of the Board, Allen & Company Incorporated (CASA Board Member), Alice Richmond, Esq. (wife of David Rosenbloom), David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D., President and CEO of CASA as of May 1, 2009
Jeb and Columba Bush (CASA Board Member), former Governor and First Lady of Florida
Margot and Robert Bazell
Tina Sloan and Steve McPherson
Adalberto Agueda (father of Johanna Morales), Johanna Morales, and Muhtar Kent
Columba Bush and David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D.
Sixty thousand tulips are blooming on the Park Avenue Malls from 54th Street to 86th Streets thanks to The Fund for Park Avenue, a non-profit, which has planted and maintained them for almost three decades. (The malls from 86th to 96th are managed by the Carnegie Hill Neighbors.)

It is an expensive undertaking. The tulips cost more than $50,000. They are paid for by donations to The Fund by those who love New York. This year, they are orange in honor of our city’s Dutch heritage and the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York harbor.
Helena Martinez’s table
Muffie Potter Aston’s table
Polly Sheehan’s table
Last week, at Scully & Scully, on Park Avenue between 59th and 60th, there was a reception celebrating the tulips, the Dutch Quadricentennial and The Fund. Michael E. Scully, President of Scully & Scully, and Barbara McLaughlin, President of The Fund for Park Avenue, greeted over 200 guests including New York City Parks Department Commissioner William Castro, Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, City Council Members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick, Netherlands Consul General Gajus Scheltema and Barbara C. Fratianni of Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.
Mary Davidson’s table
Gay Hackett’s Table
On the main floor, S&S designers created five stunning table settings inspired by women on the committee. Muffie Potter Aston imagined “A Birthday Party in New York for the Twins and Friends,” hosted by her daughters Ashleigh and Bracie. Helena Martinez lent personal photos for “Dining in Palm Beach with Family and Friends.” Mary Davidson’s was “The Beauty of Spring in Provence.” Gay Hackett did “Celebrity Lunch in Beijing,” complete with place cards “in Chinese” for “George Bush, Santa Claus, Robert Redford and Carla Sarkozy.” And Polly Sheehan did “Entertaining The Society of Daughters of Holland Dames." Hers caught the attention of the Dutch contingent, which included Lisa Beth MacKinlay, Scott Banerjee, Barbara Bataille, Penny Fulweiler, Pamela Meyjes, and Michele Muttia.

Scully & Scully donated 10% of the proceeds from sales in the store that evening and for the two following days to The Fund for Park Avenue.
Barbara Fratianni, Barbara Bataille, and Michele Muttia
Stephen and Pat Attoe with Blaine Caravaggi
Daisy Soros and Noreen Buckfire
Gay Hackett
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Mary Davidson, Leslie Jones, and Judith T. Steckler
Allison Mazzola, Barbara McLaughlin, and Amy Mazzola Flynn
Lacy Baldwin, Blair Clarke, and Leslie Brille
Sylvester and Gillian Miniter
Robert Semple and Nicole Limbocker
Jo-Ann Polise, City Councilman Dan Garodnick, and Mark Schinerman
Derek Limbocker, David Frey, and Helena Martinez
Eliza Nordeman
Tom Guinzburg and Victoria Anstead
Harpist José Luis Rodriguez
Ashley Reid with Bates and Evie Brown
John Glass, Marvin Davidson, Mark Gilbertson, and Martha Glass
Scott Banerjee, Lisa Beth MacKinlay, Penny Fulweiler, Pamela Meyjes, Netherlands Consul General Gajus Scheltema, and Polly Sheehan
Alex and Kate Donner
Burwell Schorr
Michael Scully and Mario Buatta
Muffie Potter Aston
Chris Meigher, Georgina Schaefer, and Roger Webster
Ingrid and Tom Edelman with Councilwoman Jessica Lappin
On Tuesday, a week ago, guests including Sigourney Weaver, John Stossel, Harry Smith, Wendy Williams, Ira Glass, Jacob Weisberg,  Bonnie Fuller, Valerie Steele, Judith Reagan, Liz Paley, Lisa Holliday and others gathered at the home of Atlantic President Justin Smith for dinner and a conversation on the future of media with Michael Hirschorn and Andrew Sullivan, moderated by Atlantic editor-in-chief James Bennet.  
Barry Gewen and John Stossel
Liz Paley, Andrew Sullivan, and Justin Smith
Harry Smith and Sigourney Weaver
Michael Hirschorn, Andrew Sullivan, James Bennet, and Justin Smith
Terry Fassburg and Justin Smith
Wendy Williams
Tara Peters and Justin Smith
Jay Lauf, Chris O'Leary, and Lauren Rubin
Andrew Sullivan, Ira Glass, and Jacob Weisberg

Photographs by Matthew Gillis (Soane); Laurie Lambrecht (Park Avenue).

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