Friday, September 23, 2011

High marks

Astor Hall during dinner, Fifth Avenue through windows.
This past Tuesday night at the New York Public Library at 42nd and Fifth, Louise Grunwald, Gayfryd Steinberg and Alice Tisch as Co-Chairs of the President’s Council, hosted "An Evening with Anthony W. Marx."

The President’s Council organizes opportunities for individuals who share interests in libraries and education, and in the NYPL particularly. It is a fund-raising entity also, having raised more than $35 million for the Library.

Dr. Marx is the new President and CEO of the New York Public Library as of last July 1st. The evening began with cocktails, then a “conversation” with Jon Meacham of Random House. This was followed by dinner.
Jon Meacham and Anthony W. Marx in conversation
Before his position at the NYPL, Mr. Marx was president of Amherst College where he earned high recognition for his passionate promotion of socioeconomic diversity and accessibility to higher education for lower-income students. Before that he was a professor and director of undergrad studies of political science at Columbia.

Mr. Marx has had a starstudded proactive career as a scholar and writer of books. You read his CV he was the deadly serious kid at the top of class. He grew up in the city, attended PS 8 and the Bronx High School of Science. Read: smart kid, also knew the streets. He went to Wesleyan and graduated from Yale in ’81, which was followed by an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, followed by an MA and PhD from Princeton.
A dinner table in Astor Hall
Astor Hall during dinner
Darren Walker with Susan and Robert P. Morgenthau
Neil L. Rudenstine (NYPL’s new Chairman of the Board) and Khalil Muhammad (Schomburg Center Director)
Alice Tisch, Anthony W. Marx, Gayfryd Steinberg, Louise Grunwald, and Jon Meacham
Anthony W. Marx and Elyse Newhouse (Library Council Member)
Marjorie B. Tiven with Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden
Leigh M. Miller, Samuel C. Butler (NYPL Trustee), and Lynden Miller
Princess Firyal of Jordan (NYPL Trustee) and Anthony W. Marx
Jean Tatge and Helen S. Tucker
Mary J. Wallach and Sue Wachenheim
Anthony W. Marx
Jean Strouse (Director, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers) and Angelica Rudenstine
Angelica Rudenstine and Sandra P. Rose (NYPL Trustee), Adam Bartos
Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos (NYPL Trustee) and Louise Grunwald (NYPL Trustee and President's Council Co-Chair)
Vicky and Tom Reynolds from Tiffany & Company
Wyndham Robertson and Philip Buckner
My friend Leila Heller, the gallerist, formerly most recently of the Upper East Side, has moved down to Chelsea on a ground floor space at 568 West 25th Street, with an inaugural exhibition of 40 photographs: “Firooz Zahedi: Elizabeth Taylor in Iran.” This happened in 1976 just three years before the fall of the Shah and the emergence of the mullahs. Those were the halcyon days of modern Iran and because of the Shah and the oil business, the world was going to Iran.

Among those visitors was Ms. Taylor, and in the company of Mr. Zahedi, now a Los Angeleno who has worked for several of the leading fashion and lifestyle magazines for years. He started his career in the mid-70s with Andy Warhol’s Interview.

Leila Heller’s debut has included a luncheon hosted by her old friend Beth DeWoody, and then a cocktail reception followed by a private dinner for the photographer. Of these Party Pictures of Patrick McMullan, the most interesting to me was seeing Liza Todd-Tivey, the only child of Elizabeth and Michael Todd who came to an untimely death in a plane crash. I don’t know Ms. Todd-Tivey and have seen her only once before – in 1975 at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Tennis Tournament in Forest Hills. She was just a kid then but stunning with her father’s countenance and her mother’s coloring and bright eyes. So it is 36 years later and we see that the lady remains as stunning, touched with streams of maturity. Don’t you always wonder what it was really like to be a child Elizabeth Taylor? Ms. Todd-Tivey knows.
Liza Todd-Tivey
Shirin Neshat and Anahita von Plotho
Josh Lehrer and Firooz Zahedi
Rachel Lee Hovnanian and Anahita von Plotho
Dana Hammond Stubgen and Nahid Taghinia
Leila Heller, Firooz Zahedi, and Liza Todd-Tivey
Asher Edelman and Lisa Dennison
Dana Faraouki and Lisa Dennison
YZ Kami, Nahid Taghinia, and Ameneh Youssefzadeh
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Bettina Zilkha
Reza Golsorkhi and Maryam Arjomand
Josh Lehrer and Susan White
Leyla Alaton and Gisue Hariri
Firooz Zahedi, Christiane Amanpour, and Jamie Rubin
Jim Finkelstein and Roddy Klotz
Lauren Pollock and Carol Kino
Jane Soudavar and Annabelle Caufman Soudavar
Reza Golsorkhi and Kambiz Atabai
Shoja Azari, Till Fellrath, Will Wair, and Sam Bardaouil
Pamela and Michael Glazebrook
Darian Zahedi and Nicole Simone
Feri Dascari and YZ Kami
Tooraj Zahedi, Christiane Amanpour, and Nassrin Zahedi
Dan and Deborah Heimowitz
Margery Newman
Firooz Zahedi and Leila Heller
Michele Oka Doner
Nazy Nazhand
Nazjol Alizadeh and Blair Husain
Johnny I and Alyssa Barbagallo
Shahin Safavi and Maryam Filsoof
Shoja Azari and Behdad Alizadeh
Will Wair and Till Fellrath
Henry Heller, Anahita von Plotho, and Christoph von Plotho
Shiva Farouki and Tarek Farouki
Angelo Paredes, Ally Mintz, and Amy Poliakoff
Thursday a week ago at the Mary Boone Gallery, Mary Boone and Suzanne Slesin celebrated the publication of Eleanor Lambert: Still Here, by John Tiffany.
Bobby Ginaos and Paula Onet
John Tiffany, Mary Boone, and Suzanne Slesin
Angelina Salgado and Janeen Armbruster
Dennis Rolland and Sabine Rothman
Joel Woodard and Peter Dubow
Barbara Flood
James Aguiar, John Tiffany, and Chip Cordelli
Nina Crox, Tia Shatner, and friend
Zev Eisenberg and Joe Wiese
Maureen Footer and Christian Duvernois
Suzanne Slesin and Sam Shahid
Marie and John Vanderbilt
Michael Devine and Thomas Burak
Stan Herman and Jeffrey Banks

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com; ChrisJorda.com (NYPL).
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