Friday, May 25, 2012

Spring Jump Jivin'

Seventh annual New-York Historical Society's Weekend With History.
On a Monday, May 21, The Frick Collection welcomed a large number of high-level members to its annual "thank you" black-tie event, the Spring Party. The nearly 250 supporters in attendance were able to enjoy the Frick lit for evening on perhaps its most elegant night of the year.

A jazz quartet greeted folks just inside the door, keeping the Reception Hall livelier than ever ... and the galleries were open, including the new Portico Gallery, which looks out on the Fifth Avenue Garden (one conspicuous, central room was not: the Oval Gallery, where as we speak, the curators are installing the next decorative arts show Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court.)

A critical mass of dancers found one of the most loved swing bands in NYC holding court in the Music Room (George Gee's "Jump Jivin' Wailers") ... and it was amazing to watch a wide swath of guests respond to 1930's Benny Goodman hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" (which is pretty energetic, I must say) as much as to Lady Gaga and the hits of today, all of which were part of the mix.
a jazz quartet in the Reception Hall greets guests
A jazz quartet in the Reception Hall greets guests
Dancers drift over to the The Music Room for George Gee and band
Dancers drift over to the The Music Room for George Gee and band
Among those in attendance were: Peter P. and Sofia Blanchard (Peter is a great grandson of Henry Clay Frick), Lesley M. Blume, Stephen Bury, Annika Connor, Paul Cruickshank, Michael and Caitlin Davis, Micaela English, Juliet Falchi, Helen C. Fioratti, Joanne DuPont Foster, Emily T. Frick, Ryan Hayward, Henry P. and Sarah C. Johnson, Rod Keenan, Megan E. Kultgen, Lucy J. Lang, Janine Luke, Amory W. and Sean McAndrew, Marie and W. Barnabas McHenry, Michael and Justine Mullin, Maureen Nash, Sarah Maslin Nir, Sloan Overstrom, David T. Owsley, Alexandra C. Porter, Rebecca Regan, Elisabeth A. Saint-Amand, Maggy F. Schultz, Oliver W. Schulze, Stanley D. and Elizabeth Scott, Lacary Sharpe, Cator Sparks, Elizabeth Stafford, George van der Ploeg, Tielman Van Vleck, Charlotte Vignon, Lisa Volling, Frick Director Ian Wardropper and Sarah McNear, Coke Ann Wilcox, Linnea Wilson, and Jennifer Wright, among others.
Stacy Kaplan and Katie McGee
Stacy Kaplan and Katie McGee
Michaela Culver, Christina Gerber, and Alexandra Garrison
Michaela Culver, Christina Gerber, and Alexandra Garrison
Sofia and Peter Blanchard and Director Ian Wardropper and Sarah McNear
Sofia and Peter Blanchard, Ian Wardropper, and Sarah McNear
Alexandra Porter and Beverly Landstreet
Alexandra Porter and Beverly Landstreet
Lindsay Rodman, Micaela English, Amanda Grinstead, and Katie Schloss
Lindsay Rodman, Micaela English, Amanda Grinstead, and Katie Schloss
Shadi Damanpour, Howard and Sally Lepow
Shadi Damanpour with Howard and Sally Lepow
Carolina Richards, Christine Layng, Amory W. McAndrew, and Caitlin Davis
Carolina Richards, Christine Layng, Amory W. McAndrew, and Caitlin Davis
Kelly O’Reilly and Cator Sparks
Kelly O’Reilly and Cator Sparks
Christina Eberli, Alex Langsam, and Juliet Falchi
Christina Eberli, Alex Langsam, and Juliet Falchi
Liberty Howell, Joe Orlanski, and Elisabeth Saint-Amand
Liberty Howell, Joe Orlanski, and Elisabeth Saint-Amand
Rod Keenan and Lucy J. Lang
Rod Keenan and Lucy J. Lang
Bradley Krom and Margot Miller
Bradley Krom and Margot Miller
Paul Cruikshank and Alexis Light
Paul Cruikshank and Alexis Light
Michael and Justine Mullin
Michael and Justine Mullin
Rebecca Regan and Lacary Sharpe
Rebecca Regan and Lacary Sharpe
Sloan Overstrom and Amory W. McAndrew
Sloan Overstrom and Amory W. McAndrew
James Wilentz and Suz Massen
James Wilentz and Suz Massen
Annika Connor and Allison Ecung
Annika Connor and Allison Ecung
Lynne Rutkin
Lynne Rutkin
Kevin and Irene Kim by a Turner seascape
Kevin and Irene Kim
Lauren Burns and Krista Schult
Lauren Burns and Krista Schult
Maureen Nash and Tielman Van Vleck
Maureen Nash and Tielman Van Vleck
Madaline Keros and George van der Ploeg
Madaline Keros and George van der Ploeg
Maggie Frances Schultz and Charles Buaron
Maggie Frances Schultz and Charles Buaron
More than 300 New Yorkers and guests from the world of fashion gathered for the seventh annual Purses & Pursenalities luncheon to raise funds for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. The luncheon was held Thursday, May 10 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. The event was proudly sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and honored the fashionable philanthropy of designer favorites Nanette Lepore and Carlos Falchi. Event Co-Chairs were Christine Smith Gray and Amy Hoadley while Design Chairs were long-time Madison supporters Michelle Smith of Milly, Nicole Miller, and Eric Javits. The luncheon was hosted by NBC4 New York television personality Lynda Baquero.
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Carlos Falchi with Award
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Nanette Lepore with Award
"The work that the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club does is inspiring," Nanette Lepore said. "In a time when the first budget cut usually involves the arts programs, Madison understands the importance of art appreciation and cultural awareness through performing and visual arts. I am honored to represent that message and to help give the gift of a great future to more than 5,000 youth."

More than 300 guests dressed in their spring finest gathered in the historied halls of Cipriani 42nd Street to mix, mingle and bid on dozens of designer handbags available for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Emcee Lynda Baquero
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Silent auction items
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
"In a very short time, this event has grown into one of the greatest 'see and be seen' events in New York society," said Purses & Pursenalities Event Co-Chair Amy Hoadley. "Supporting worthy not-for-profits is always in fashion, and Purses & Pursenalities gives more than 300 women the opportunity to celebrate the work of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in style."

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club: Since 1884, Madison has been providing after-school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City's most disadvantaged communities. Five core service areas provide enhanced programming that ensures members receive much-needed resources, guidance, and support as they progress academically and socially. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at seven sites throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn as well as at Camp Madison in Kingston, New York.
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Christine Gray, Eric Javits, and Amy Hoadley
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Mark Gilbertson and Tara Rockefeller
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Phyllis Reyes, Eric Javits, and Babette DeFelice
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Barbara Regna, Kathleen Giordano, Emily Leonard, and Sharon Bush
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Jill Fairchild
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Jocelyn Javits and Eric Javits
RIOULT held its annual Gala Celebration on Thursday, May 10th at Robert following a magnificent performance at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Rioult honored John Jay College President Jeremy Travis for his exceptional contributions in education and staunch support of the arts. President Travis and John Jay College were instrumental in the success of our RIOULT/CUNY 5 Borough Arts-in-Education Tour which affords children in underserved communities the opportunity to participate in the dance making process. Funds raised during the evening will help support its dance education program – DanceREACH.

During this season RIOULT presented the world premiere The Violet Hour along with Celestial Tides (2011) and Firebird (2003). The Violet Hour (World Premiere), the second in RIOULT’s Dance to Contemporary Composers series, was created in collaboration with Grammy-winning composer, Joan Tower. 

Audiences were stimulated and moved by the strong images of the piece inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”. Both Ms. Tower and Mr. Ramakrishnan provided exhilarating accompaniment on piano and cello. Celestial Tides once again thrilled audiences with its sleek movement set to Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major” while Firebird kept viewers on the edge of their seats as the innocence of a child magically lifted the veil of darkness from humanity against the backdrop of Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”. 
Hope Greenfield, Lisa Mueller, and Jeremy Travis
Pascal Rioult
Jere Hunt, Jane Sato, Brian Flynn, Marianna Tsartolia, Josiah Guitian, Charis Haines, Michael Phillips, and Sara Seger
Nancy Lushington and Lynn Frielinghaus
Robert Kahn, Thomas Lutazi, and Robert Lewis
Charles Baker and Jennifer Freeman
Keith Pattiz and Jill Scheur
Hope Greenfield, Brian Flynn, and Joan Tower
David Sheehan and MikeLynn Salthouse
Josiah Guitian, Jane Sato, Marianne Coughlin, and Bob Davis
Richard Kahn, Robin Shafran, Charles Shafran, Stacy Soroczynski, Harsha Murthy, and Kelly Garnes
Brian Saltzman and Lynn Frielinghaus
Michael Phillips and Ben Rodriguez
Gloria Appel and Lordena Costantino
Stacy Soroczynski, Joyce Herring, John Epperson, and Terry Rieser
Seated: Neil McKelvie, Robin Green, Sandy Esserman, Wendy Erb
Standing: James Sinclair, Mara Waldman, Charis Haines, Daisy Sinclair, Dale Martellino, and Paul Martellino
In the middle of last month (4/13) at the Metropolitan club, the Chairman's Council of the New-York Historical Society hosted the presentation of the $50,000 American History Book Prize at the gala dinner that opened a Weekend With History. The seventh annual gathering was organized by the Chairman's Council with Roger Hertog, Chairman. The 2012 award went to author John Lewis Gaddis in recognition of his book George F. Kennan: An American Life (Penguin Press, 2011).

Among the guests: Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder, Julie and Jim Dale, Paul B. Guenther, Susan and Roger Hertog, Kim and Simon Krinsky, John Lyden, Nancy and Morris W. Offit, and Susan and Elihu Rose.

Honorary Chairs for the evening were: Akhil Reed Amar, Joyce Appleby, Debby Applegate, Sven Beckert, Thomas Bender, David Blight, Douglas Brinkley, Ric Burns, David Cannadine, Robert Caro, Ron Chernow, Andrew Delbanco, Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Steele Gordon, Harold Holzer, Daniel Walker Howe, Kenneth T. Jackson, Edward P. Jones, David Kennedy, Jill Lepore, Pauline Maier, Steven Mintz, David Nasaw, Andrew Roberts, Cokie Roberts, Simon Schama, Stacy Schiff, Benno C. Schmidt, Russell Shorto, Peter Silver, Jean Edward Smith, Lesley Stahl, Robert A.M. Stern, Richard Sylla, Sean Wilentz, Jay Winik, and Gordon Wood.
Arthur and Lois Stainman.
Byron Wien, Louise Mirrer, and Richard Elden.
Dev and Sonya Chodry.
Helen Appel and Susan Hertog.
Louise Mirrer, Roger Hertog, and John Lewis Gaddis.
Pam Schafler and John Lewis Gaddis.
Jim Dale and Pam Schafler.
Thomas McWilliams with Diane and Thomas Smith.
Paul Guenther and John Lewis Gaddis.
Lois Chiles.
Over 450 people attended the 2nd Annual Elly Awards Luncheon hosted by The Women’s Forum of New York benefitting The Education Fund of The Women’s Forum on Friday, May 18 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for The Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honors outstanding women leaders. Arianna Huffington & Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel were the 2012 honorees.

VIPS attending The Elly Awards included the Elly Award Recipients Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Writer; Vice-Chair, NYSCA; Chair, Historic Landmarks Preservation Center and Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. Participating Celebrities included Katie Couric, six time Emmy® Award winning journalist and Emily Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gayle King, Emmy® Award winning journalist, led a conversation with the honorees following the presentation of the awards.
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Arianna Huffington, Gayle King
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Arianna Huffington, and Gayle King
The 2nd Annual Elly Awards Committee included Beverly Beaudoin, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum; Beth Canavan, Executive Vice-President, Tiffany & Co; Patricia Hennessy Chadwick, Bloomingdales SVP, Regional Director of Stores; Irene Cohen, Partner - Cohen and Miners; Suzanne Dowling, President & CEO Suzanne Dowling Associates, LLC.; Julie Greiner, Chief Merchandise Planning Officer - Macy's Inc.; Doris P. Meister, President - US Markets - BNY Mellon Wealth Management & President of The Women’s Forum of New York; Barbara J. Friedman, Consultant for Career Development/Industry Relations - LIM College; Emita Hill, Chancellor Emeritus - Indiana University Kokomo; Amy Dorn Kopelan, President - Bedlam Productions Inc.; Liz Newmark, CEO - Great Performances; Denise V. Seegal, Executive Director - M. Magtague Co. Ltd.; Eugenia Ulasewicz, President, Americas – Burberry; Ilene Wachs President, Horizon Casualty Services, Inc.,Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Linda A. Willett, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Legendary Chairs of The 2012 Elly Awards: Lucy Jarvis and Muriel Siebert. Honorary Chair: Diana Taylor. Chairs: Carolyn Carter and Jane Chesnutt. Committee: Beverly Beaudoin, Beth Canavan, Patricia Hennessy Chadwick, Irene Cohen, Suzanne Dowling, Julie Greiner, Doris P. Meister, Barbara J. Friedman, Emita Hill, Amy Dorn Kopelan, Liz Neumark, Denise V. Seegal, Eugenia Ulasewicz, Ilene Wachs, Linda A. Willett.
Katie Couric
Katie Couric
The Silver Anniversary Sponsor of The 2nd Annual Elly Awards was BNY Mellon.

The Women’s Forum of New York is New York's premier organization of women leaders comprising the highest women achievers across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts.

The Education Fund is an educational and charitable arm of The Women’s Forum of New York, established under a separate corporate governance as a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization.
Doris P.Meister, Katie Couric, Arianna Huffington, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Gayle King, Beverly Beaudoin, Emily Rafferty
Doris P.Meister, Katie Couric, Arianna Huffington, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Gayle King, Beverly Beaudoin, and Emily Rafferty
Gayle King, Cheryl Wills
Gayle King and Cheryl Wills
Loreen Arbus
Loreen Arbus
 Doris Meister,Suri Kasirer ,Senator Liz Krueger, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel,Karen Keogh, Beverly Beaudoin
Doris Meister, Suri Kasirer, Senator Liz Krueger, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Karen Keogh, and Beverly Beaudoin
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Carl Spielvogel
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel
Marica and Jan Vilcek
Marica and Jan Vilcek
Jane Deflorio, Tracey Travis and Jill Granof
Jane Deflorio, Tracey Travis, and Jill Granof
guest, Muriel Siebert, guest
Muriel Siebert and friends
Jan Vilchek,  Karen Keogh, Doug Blonsky
Jan Vilchek, Karen Keogh, and Doug Blonsky
Kathy Greenberg and Tatiana Pouchine
Kathy Greenberg and Tatiana Pouchine
guest, Margo Catsimatidis, Somers Farkas
Veronica Kelly, Margo Catsimatidis, and Somers Farkas
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spievogel, Gillian Tett
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spievogel and Gillian Tett
Gayle King, Katie Couric, Arianna Huffington
Gayle King, Katie Couric, and Arianna Huffington
Jennifer Gilbert
Jennifer Gilbert
Jane Guggenheimer, Randy Guggenheimer, guest
Jane and Randy Guggenheimer with a friend
guest, Barbara Tober, guest
Barbara Tober and friends
Ping Thompson and Susan Elson
Ping Thompson and Susan Elson
Virginia Drabbe and Paul Steige
Virginia Drabbe and Paul Steige
Janice Reals Ellig and Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron
Janice Reals Ellig and Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron
Anita Durst
Anita Durst
Kim Schnauber
Kim Schnaubert
On May 17, the National Academy celebrated its 2012 Spring Gala at its newly-renovated Beaux arts home, honoring renowned artist and National Academician David Driskell, curator and noted art historian Robert Storr, and award-winning realist painter and art educator Sharon Sprung, with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Along with works from the honorees, the silent auction featured works from National Academicians and faculty, including Stephen Antonakos, Vincent Baldassano, Will Barnet, Robert Berlind, Jane Freilicher, Wolf Kahn, Kamilla Talbot, Reeve Schley, and Betty Woodman.

Throughout its storied history, the National Academy has followed a simple yet powerful mission: to promote the fine arts in America through exhibition and education. Founded in 1825 by Samuel F. B. Morse, Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, the National Academy is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school, and association of artists and architects – the National Academicians. Academicians include nearly 400 of today's most recognized artists and architects, including Christo, John Currin, Ann Hamilton, Richard Meier, Dana Schutz, Kiki Smith, Rafael Viñoly, and many others.
Honorees David Driskell, Robert Storr, and Sharon Sprung
Illuminating canonical figures as well as those deserving of reappraisal, the museum widens the lens through which American art is viewed and appreciated. Rotating exhibitions include 19th, 20th and 21st century art and architecture, reflections of contemporary American culture, and selections from the permanent collection. Exhibitions are supported with lectures, symposia, and panel discussions that engage the public with the Academy's living artistic legacy.

The first session of the Academy School commenced on November 15, 1826, with two Academicians and twenty students sketching by candlelight. The school rapidly grew in stature and reputation, attracting artists Winslow Homer, George Inness, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and others. Today, the Academy School continues to offer studio-based study in an intimate, creative environment, supporting the artistic journey of each student.
President of the National Academy Bruce Fowle, Ellen Limon, Board Member Barbara Grossman, and Director of the National Academy Carmine Branagan
Will Barnet, Rhoda Sherbell, and Elena Barnet
Honoree David Driskell and his wife Thelma Driskell
Maggie Boepple, Willard Boepple, and Wolf Kahn
Board Member John Moore
Mary Lucier, Board Member Robert Berlind, and Gala Co-Chair Betsy Lawrence
Janet Rodriguez, Shelia Atchinson, Honoree David Driskell Thelma Driskell, and Dr. Camille Cosby
Blair Resika, Paul Resika, and Elena Barnet
Board Member Robert Berlind, Mary Lucier, Nigel Dawn, and Corina Larkin
Honoree David Driskell and Will Barnet
Mara Williams, Wolf Kahn, and Blair Brown
Bobba Paul, Amanda Grove Holmén, and Robert Holmén
Beatrice Stern
Cetie Ames, David Lewis, and Honoree Robert Storr
Chair of the National Academy Board David Kapp
Award presenter Martin E. Segal
Award presenter Dr. Camille Cosby
Back row: Willard Boepple, Carmine Branagan, Stephen Vogel. Foreground: Laurie Vogel and Walter Chatham
William Astwood and Honoree Sharon Sprung

Photographs by Christine Butler (Frick); Don Pollard (N-YHS); David Plakke Media (National Academy); Rob Rich (Elly).
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