Spring benefits and Luncheons

Thelma Golden and Guest of honor, artist Kehinde Wiley at The Studio Museum in Harlem's 4th annual Spring luncheon.
Thelma Golden and The Studio Museum in Harlem hosted the 4th annual Spring luncheon at the Mandarin Hotel yesterday afternoon. This year's event honored the artist, Kehinde Wiley.

Mr. Wiley's portraits of African-American men combine elements of modern culture with an Old Master's influence. Using models from city centers all over the world and inspiration from the figures in classical painting and sculptures, Wiley's portraits examine not only how black males are perceived by others, but also how they see themselves. He divides his time between Williamsburg and Beijing.

— Jill Krementz
Guest of Honor, Kehinde Wiley, thanks guests for attending luncheon.
Crystal McCrary Anthony with Darren Walker. Ms. McCrary Anthony is a lawyer and an award winning documenary film-maker. Mr. Walker is presently with the Rockefeller Foundation, but about to move to the Ford Foundation as its next vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression.
Roberta Flack, Beth DeWoody, Fiona Rudin, and Kim Heirston.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Bethann Hardison, and Roberta Flack.
Centerpieces of lilacs and red tulips, designed by Harlem Flo.
Holly Peterson.
Richard Solomon, President of Pace Prints.
Saundra Parks, who owns The Daily Blossoms Events, which provides flower arrangements for various events.
Nicole Bernard Chaffin, a lawyer with Fox Broadcasting in California and Deborah Wright, CEO of Carver Savings Bank in Harlem.
Spencer Means (Senior VP of Corcoran Group) with Deborah Roberts (20/20).
Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Jonelle Procope. Ms. Cafritz is a prominent art collector. Ms. Procope is President and CEO of the Apollo Theater Foundation.
Lise Evans with artist, Wardell Milan. Ms. Evans used to teach at Children's Storefront in Harlem, and is now a trustee. "I taught the students English with a Norwegian accent," she said. The Children's Storefront is an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem committed to providing comprehensive education to children.
Nina Cooper (video director) and Judia Black (sommelier).
Christine Kim, Associate Curator Contemporary Art at Los Angeles Country Museum talking with Peggy Cooper Cafritz.
Naomi Beckwith, assistant curator of The Studio Museum.
Ara Jaulin with her mother, Kim Powell. Ms. Powell is a photographer living in Paris.
Deborah Roberts, Kehinde Wiley, and Jonelle Procope.
Liz Gwinn, Public Relations and Publications Manager, The Studio Museum in Harlem.
SOFA is an annual art fair that spotlights sculpture objects and functional art. It opened Yesterday evening at the Park Avenue Armory with a spring gala benefit sponsored by the Museum of Art and Design.

The show runs through Monday, April 19th. Many of the artists are present, hanging out in the booths exhibiting their work.

Herewith, a few of my favorites ...

— Jill Krementz
Flo Perkins from Sante Fe. She blows glass and works with copper.
Flo Perkins.
Beverly Meyeri: VANISHING SPECIES/WESTERN FACE, 2008; Clay. Acrylics
Duane Reed Gallery. St. Louis, Mo.
Habatat Galleries Chicago.
Margaret Keelan with her figurative sculptures. The faces are based on nineteenth century dolls, yet their contemporary styling and decayed surfaces disconnect them from time and space. Keelan is the Associate Director of the School of Sculpture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where she also teaches ceramics.
Work by Artist Christie Brown, Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery (London).
Artist Coby Kennedy. He is not exhibiting at Sofa, but one could safely say he was his own self-contained exhibition piece.
Running Hare by Irwin Peeters (born 1964 in Belgium).
Artist Mara Superior with her ceramic, Piggy Bankers-The Great Recession of 2008. Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Detail: Piggy Bankers.
Sergei Isupof (Ferrin Gallery). Mr. Isupov was born in the 1960s, a decade in which Russian artists began to actively question and defy the prescribed artistic ideology dictated by the Soviet Union. He left in 1983, just before the turbulent artistic breakthroughs incited by Gorbachev's perestroika in 1987.
Jane Huling, Beadist on view at the Lyons Wier Gallery, Booth #306. The entire Gallery was devoted to Ms. Huling's work and many of her pieces sold quickly on opening night.
This guitar once belonged to Ms. Huling's son. Ms. Huling is apt to cover anything in sight with beads. "We had a turtle for a while who used to quake every time I came near him," confessed the artist.
Butterfly Cups by Irina Zaytceva. Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
High Tea. Porcelain sculpture by Irina Zaytceva (Jane Sauer Gallery). Ms. Zaytceva was born in Moscow in 1957. All of her works are created using high-fire porcelain, over-glaze as well as under glaze colors, and 18K gold.
Twist and Sit by Esther Shimazu. Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago.
Last night, the American Museum of Natural History hosted its annual black tie Museum Dance, an event that has been a part of the city's social scene for more than four decades.

The evening which was sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer, began with cocktails in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. Dinner followed under the gigantic blue whale suspended from the ceiling of the Milstein Hall of Ocean life, and dessert and dancing in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals capped off the night.
Julie Ordon, Lorenzo Martone, and Julie Henderson
Ivanka Kushner
Terry Ellis
Joanna Lee
Tinsely Mortimer
While not exclusively geared toward the younger set, this event is a big deal for the Museum's Junior Council. The evening's leadership chairs were Fabiola Beracasa, Dana Wallach Jones and Michael T.M. Jones, Ivanka Kushner, Tinsley Mercer Mortimer, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Zibby and Andrew Right, Coco Rocha, and Arden Wohl. Also among the crowd were Steve Guttenberg, Matthew Settle, Peggy Siegel, Sebastian Stan, Veronica Webb, Peter Davis, Zani Gugelmann, Blair Husain, Asia Baker, Ben Stokes, Sara Peters, Julie Ordon, Lorenzo Martone, and Julie Henderson.

The guests took full advantage of the "Spring Safari" theme, with many of the women wearing Lilly dresses and the men decked out in similarly patterned pants and blazers. All funds raised from the event benefit the Museum's scientific and educational programming.

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Peter Davis, Zani Gugelmann, Blair Husain, and Sara Peters
Jeff Martin
Michael Kaufmann
Vanessa and Alex Jacquemin
Tania Ingersoll
Steve Guttenberg and Peter Lyden
Anna Gilligan, Steve Guttenberg, Ken Bakst, and Suzanne Bakst
Bettina Zilkha and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia
Veronica Webb
Page Leidy, Asia Baker, and Ben Stokes
This past Tuesday night, The Paris Review honored Philip Roth with their Hadada Award at their annual Revel gala benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Hadada Award is given each year to a distinguished member of the literary community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature.

Previous Hadada winners include George Plimpton, Joan Didion, William Styron, Peter Matthiessen, Norman Mailer and John Ashbery.

Hermione Lee presented the award to Philip Roth, whose first published story, Epstein, appeared in The Paris Review in 1958. The event marks the final Revel for Philip Gourevitch, the magazine's editor since 2005. Mr. Gourevitch is also a prizewinning author and staff writer at The New Yorker. Since his involvement with The Paris Review, circulation has grown by nearly 200%, ad revenue has quadrupled, and the it has won its first ever National Magazine Award. Mr. Gourevitch also welcomed in the new editor, Lorin Stein, who has worked at Farrar, Straus and Giroux since 1998.

The event was chaired by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Missy Krauss and Salman Rushdie
Clara Bingham and Stephanie Cabot
Gault Niederhoffer and Rita Konig
Adam Gopnik, Lorraine Bracco, and Gary Lipman
Caroline Palmer, Georgina Schaeffer, Luke Parker Bowles, and Jane Friedman
Ariadne Calvo-Platero, Jennifer McGuire Isham, Caio Fonseca, and Electra Preston
Barry Diller
Bruce Tully and Catherine Chalmers
Anne Kreamer, Toni Goodale, and Kurt Andersen
Arlene Fuller, Blair Fuller, and Sarah Plimpton
Chris Napolitano and Chris Madden
Ben Levine, Radhika Jones, and Max Petersen
Stephen Graham
Matt L'Heureux, A.K. Kennedy, and Chris Edgar
David Hirshey and Dalia Sofer
Jane Ashany, Michael Herzig, and Jojo Herzig
Blair Fuller, Philip Roth, Nelson W. Aldrich Jr., and Benjamin Taylor
George Brokaw and Sandy Golinkin
Colin Robinson and Betsy Reed
David Wallace Welsh, Risa Needleman, and Stephen M. Brown
Jonie McDonell, Shelby Coffey, and Dr. Mary Coffey
Jacob Weisberg, Malcolm Gladwell, and Richard Brown
Cathy Graham
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan
Gay Talese
James Atlas and Gwen Edelman
Judith Thurman and Peter Mayer
Elizabeth Gesas and Lewis Lapham with friends
Ken Auletta and Oskar Eustis
Judy Heiblum and Nathan Thrall
Morgan Entrekin, Caro Llewellyn, Uzo Iweala, and Emma Hamilton
Lorraine Adams, Richard Price, and Stacey Hadash
Richard Brown, Francis Fitzgerald, and Jim Sterba
Lorin Stein
Karen Duffy, Charles Askegard, Candace Bushnell, and Frederique van der Wal
Mary Karr
Michael Evans, Lisa Evans, Sofia von Moltke, and James von Moltke
Moby, Celery Kemble, and Jonathan Adler
Jeffrey Sharp, Paola Styron, Jane Friedman, Rose Styron, and Joel Conarroe
Nick Toches
Marshall Bradley and James Camp
Laura Love Rose, Robert Brustein, Doreen Brustein, and Oskar Eustis
Philip Gourevitch, Terry McDonell, and Peter Matthiessen
Tony Kiser, Alexandra Howard, and Michael Thomas
Meghan O'Rourke and Sarah Bacon
Taryn Look and Richard Brown
Sandy Gotham Meehan and Winter Brown
Yves Istel and Kathleen Begala
Turnaround For Children, a new charitable organization, held its first benefit dinner this past Tuesday night at the Plaza. They honored Merryl Tisch, Perri Peltz and Joel Klein, Chancellor of New York City Schools.

Turnaround’s charter is simple. Their teams “partner with the most challenged, lowest performing public schools to transform them into centers of teaching, learning and achievement.” Their aim is to work with schools struggling to teach children in chaotic and under-resourced learning environments.

The program currently is serving 26 schools, the majority of which are in the Bronx. The approach is to help leadership and staff improve the school environment and address the multiple behavioral and emotional challenges that many students face.
Jill Kargman
Amber, Amy, and Ashley Stachowski
Lesley Schulhof
Mayor Bloomberg made an appearance. In his speech to the guests he said: “it’s not the kids that are failing in our schools, it’s the schools that are failing our kids.”

Among those attending were Tory Burch, Uma Thurman, Shoshanna Gruss, Chris Cuomo, Heather Mnuchin, Jill Kargman, Barbara Bush, Bronson Van Wyck, Fiona Rudin, Greg Kelly, Lauren DuPont, Caryn Zucker, Josh Bernstein, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Linda Wells, Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, and Turnaround Founder, Pamela Cantor.

The evening’s host committee was Simone Levinson, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Alison Brod, Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber and Rebekah McCabe. Actress Kelli O’Hara performed. They raised $1.1 million.
Simone Levinson and Kelli O'Hara
Barbara Bush
Emily Mortimer
Chelsea Rafferty, Simone Levinson, and Rosie-Lynn Marasigan
Christina Greeven Cuomo and Uma Thurman
Pam Cantor, Joel Klein, and Merryl Tisch
Kelly Gersten Haber and David Gersten Haber
Eleanor Ylvisaker
Fiona Rudin
Fern Mallis
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Karyn Zucker and Nina Davidson
Heather Mnuchin
Perri Peltz
Tory Burch
Christina Greeven Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, and Uma Thurman
Clinton Ortiz, Rosie-Lynn Marasigan, and Chelsea Rafferty
Eleanor Ylvisaker, Bronson Van Wyck, and Rebekah McCabe
Anna Pescoe and Jaime Cantor
Chris Cuomo
Herve Larretche and Kat Cohen
Josh Bernstein


Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (Turnaround for Children; Paris Review)

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