|Over 350 guests mingled, lunched, and then listened to a political conversation in the Library's Celeste Bartos Forum.
Special guests John Heilemann (national affairs editor for New York magazine) and Danny Strong (Emmy-nominated filmmaker and actor) spoke in conversation with Rep. Herald Ford Jr. about Game Change, John's book about the 2008 election that Danny turned into this year's HBO film with Julianne Moore.
The spring luncheon raised over $600,000 to support the Library's mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
The New York Public Library gratefully acknowledges Asprey as the sponsor of the 2012 Spring Luncheon.
|Tuesday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center on 480 West 42nd Street, Venetian Heritage hosted its 2012 Gala with a production of Caro Luchinoabout the life and career of famed director of grand opera and film, Luchino Visconti, performed by Richard Gere and Tilda Swinton with clips of interviews with Visconti as well as from his films.|
|Tuesday night last week, Vanity Fair magazine hosted the Opening Night Party for the Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse at 60 Centre Street.|
|Last Wednesday evening, The New York School of Interior Design honored textile pioneer Jack Lenor Larsen with a Lifetime Achievement Award and noted landscape designer Thomas Woltz with the school’s first Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design at its 2nd annual Spring Benefit, held at The Metropolitan Club, in New York. This year’s Benefit co-chairs were Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Philip Gorrivan, Amy Lau, Stephanie Odegard, Campion Platt, and Barbara Slifka. Honorary chairs were Mrs. Thomas N. Armstrong, III, Thomas N. Armstrong IV, Whitney B. Armstrong, Eliot Armstrong Foote, and Amory Armstrong Spizairri. The Vice-chairs included Graham Arader, Jill Dienst, James Druckman, Marina Kellen French, Elliot and Janet Greene, Agnes Gund, Hugh Hardy, Mary Ellen and Richard Oldenburg, Michael and Patricia Sovern, Henriette Suhr, Robert and Lynn Wankel.
Lou Gropp, long-time editor of House Beautiful Magazine and former NYSID trustee, presented Jack Lenor Larsen with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In memory of his father, Whitney Armstrong honored landscape architect Thomas Woltz with the first Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design.
|Among those attending: Margaret Russell, Bunty Armstrong, Whitney Armstrong, Amory Armstrong, Patricia and Michael Sovern, Hugh Hardy, Barbara Slifka, Mary Ellen and Richard Oldenberg, Inge Heckel, Cynthia Hazen and Leon Polsky, Marina French, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Vicente Wolf, Mario Buatta, Steven Gambrel, Jill Dienst, Ellie Cullman, Agnes Gund, Thomas Kligerman, John Ike, Joel Barkley, David Scott, Christina Juarez, Richard Mishaan, Amy Lau, James Zemaitis, Jay Cantor, Susan Wallace, Alessandra Branca, Geoffrey Bradfield, Philip Gorrivan, Lee Mindel, Julie Dannenberg, Dennis Miller, Pauline Metcalf, Robyn Pocker, Peter Davis, Anne Korman, Ross Francis, Joan Hardy Clark, David Sprouls, Michael Manes, Mark Gilbertson, Barbara Israel, Kathleen Doyle, Matko Tomicic, Miry Park, Henry Neville, Peter Bentel, Paula and Colin Cabot, Tina-Maria Birch, Susan Nagle, Rebecca Bond, Susan Watts, Etelle Higonnet, Guy Regal, Emily Eerdmans, John Danzer, Janet Mavec, Robert Stilin, Elliot and Janet Greene, Gerald Holbrook, Tom Robinson, Lynn and Noel Jeffrey, Inson Wood, Jodie and Bob King, Monica Cheslak, Alexa Hampton, Pamela Banker, Judith Gura, Brian McCarthy, Marilyn White, Sandra Nunnerley, Matthew de Marco, Alison Levasseur, and Lou and Jane Gropp.
The dramatic table decorations for this year’s NYSID Spring Benefit Dinner starred textiles that—very fittingly—were designed by one of the occasion’s honorees: Jack Lenor Larsen. Primavera in Red Ginger, Fiori in Cinnabar, and Nexus in Bronze, Eru and Gold—these are the evocatively named fabrics that sprang from the fertile imagination of Larsen, and that enriched the evening’s festivities thanks to the generosity of Cowtan & Tout.
|NYSID Professor and Alumni Association President Valerie Mead confected the table centerpieces to dialogue mellifluously with the Larsen materials, taking care that each element in the Dutch-style arrangements spoke as a separate visual element and at the same time harmonized with a chorus of other colors. Asiatic and Gloriosa Lilies; Phalaeonopsis (also known as Moth Orchid); White, Green-and-White and Double-Orange Parrot Tulips; Bear Grass; Dusty Miller; and assorted leaves and twigs—those are the names of the diverse ingredients that went into every table’s masterful floral focal-point, each composition attentively and individually assembled by a dedicated troupe of NYSID alumni: Michael Harold, Kathryn Madden, Alejandra Munizaga, Elsie St. Leger, Lori Watts and Missy Wolfe.
The benefit sponsors included Luxe Interiors+ Design Magazine, Lalique, and Cowtan and Tout.