|The 15th edition of the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (SOFA NEW YORK) opened at the Park Avenue Armory for its 4-day run, which ends today. Drawn to the unique works of art that combine design, individual expression and personal vision, 3,000 people streamed into the Armory on preview night. To celebrate SOFA New York’s 15th anniversary, architect David Ling designed a spectacular new design and floor plan, which was met with great excitement and enthusiasm. After walking through an all-white, space-age tunnel, visitors are thrust into a wide open modern space with a constellation of huge cubes of light floating above the gallery stands.|
|Among those who were spotted in the aisles were: Jamie Drake, Nina Garcia, Kyra Sedgwick, Ronald Bricke, Michael Hill, Jean Shafiroff, Judith Ripka, Barbara and Donald Tober, Nan Laitman, Jack Lenor Larsen, Pat and Michael Sovern, Lou and Jane Gropp, Juan Montoya, Urban Karlssen, Jean-Jaques Dutko, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Geoffrey Bradfield, Roric Tobin, Cindy Allen, Derek Ostergard, Hans Ottomeyer, Eleanora Alcorn, Beth Wees, Adrienne Stirozzi, Wendy Moonan, Hope Beyer, Merna Zuckerman, Mia and Eva Fahler, Mark Lyman, David Ling, Gregory Speck, Clinton Howell, Allan and Penny Katz, Louise Mackie, Judith Schwartz, Elizabeth Kendall, Sharon King Hoge, Barbara Rosenthal, Jayne and Joan Michaels, Dennis Rolland, Marilyn White, and Michael Franks.|
|On Monday, April 16 Symphony Space celebrated its Access to the Arts Awards honorees, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Alain Coblence, and Morley Safer at the Spring Soirée at 583 Park Avenue. Tamara Tunie and Gregory Generet co-hosted the evening's festivities, which included performances and presentations by Isaiah Sheffer, Charles Hamlen, Jacky Terrasson, Gretchen Fenston and Roddy Caravella, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Anne-Marie McDermott. CK Swett of Phillips de Pury & Company led a live auction. The evening was co-chaired by Steven and Sheila Aresty and Tom Allon, and raised over $440,000 for Symphony Space's performing arts and educational programs.
Symphony Space's mission, as a pre-eminent multi-disciplinary performing arts center, is to offer artistic leadership that promotes innovation, excellence, engagement, and accessibility to artists and audiences alike. In 2010 its Board of Directors established the Access to the Arts Awards to pay tribute to those who share Symphony Space's dedication to providing quality arts experiences to the greatest number of people.
|Last Thursday (4/12), over at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), they celebrated the Academy’s historic 150th anniversary and the final installment of the three week residency of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Dr. John.
The evening began with cocktails and a gala dinner in the Tent at Ashland Place and Lafayette. It was followed by the performance – Funky But It’s N Awlins – which featured Dr. John and guest artists Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Davell Crawford, and Nicholas Payton.
|Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz reads his proclamation to the gala audience|
|Hall of Famer Dr. John makes his way to the stage via a Mardi Gras "second line" down the aisle of the Opera House|
|After the all-out, funk infused night of New Orleans music, the artists joined guests for a Bourbon Street-inspired after-party. Guests included: Debra Messing, Will Chase, Vanessa Carlton, Vincent Piazza, Rob Morrow, Dylan Walsh; hosts Karen Brooks, president of BAM, Joseph Melillo (BAM Executive Producer), and Harvey Lichtenstein, BAM’s President Emeritus. Chairs for the evening were Christine Wachter-Campbell and William Campbell, Judith and Alan Fishman, Diane and Adam Max and Pat Schoenfeld. Frank Bisignano of JP Morgan Chase was Honorary Corporate Chair, and JP Morgan Chase was the 150 Anniversary Gala sponsor.|
|BAM Board Member and Event Chair Bill Campbell and guests||Choreographer Ralph Lemon and friend at the entrance to the gala|
|Garth Fagan and guest.||Vanessa Carlton|
|BAM Executive Producer Joseph Melillo, Judith Fishman, and BAM Board Chairman Alan Fishman|
|Architect Hugh Hardy, designer of the latest edition to the campus, the BAM Fisher Building, set to open this summer||Vincent Piazza|
|Event Chair Pat Schoenfeld||Event Honorary Chair Frank Bisignano and Tracy Bisignano|
|Debra Messing||Will Chase|
|Décor by Fleurs Bella featured photos, posters, and slides from BAM's archive celebrating the Academy's 150th Anniversary|
|The gala tent|
|Dr. John and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins|
|BAM Board Member and Event Chair Adam Max and Diane Max|
|Choreographer Garth Fagan and guest|
|Actor John Turturro|
|Leslie Bourque and Dylan Walsh|
|Last Chance for Animals hosted their NYC Gala at Peter Max’s Art Studio on April 18th. Host committee members Leesa Rowland, Robin Cofer, Chris DeRose, Bebe Buell, Dominick D'Alleva, Larry Wohl, Jane and Joe Pontarelli, R. Couri Hay, Mary and Peter Max, welcomed over 100 guests to the benefit evening, which featured live music by The Declassified, vegan hors d’oeuvres by Franchia Vegan Café and MEDEA cocktails.
CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Jean Shafiroff, Janna Bullock, Nancy Silberkleit, artist Jenna Lash and The Food Network’s Chris Nirschel came out to support the important cause dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations and legislation. Last Chance for Animals’ founder Chris DeRose showcased the work his animal advocacy non-profit organization has done since 1984 with a video presentation.
|Last Chance for Animals believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter. LCA therefore opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment. Instead, it promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings. www.lcanimal.org|
|Last Thursday at Press Lounge on 11th Avenue, the Financial Times hosted its annual Spring soirée at The Press Lounge in New York. The invitation-only event was hosted by Lionel Barber, editor, and Gillian Tett, US managing editor, and gathered 300 leaders in business, technology, fashion, luxury, and political and economic influencers.
Guests enjoyed local farm to table fare, wine and champagne from Moët Hennessy and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. The event featured entertainment from DJ Jenny Sparks and an accompanying electric violinist. Models wearing FT dresses, designed by Marc Sebastian Faiella, a student at Parsons the New School for Design, bid farewell to guests at the end of the night. Many guests stopped to admire the FT dresses, including Tory Burch, who snapped a photo and later tweeted it.
|Guests included: Peter Brown, Brown Lloyd James; Tina Brown, Newsweek and The Daily Beast; Tory Burch; John Cassidy, The New Yorker; Sir Harold Evans, Reuters; David Faber, CNBC; Charles Ferguson; Susan Gilchrist, Brunswick Group; Michael Golden, New York Times; Dina Habib Powell, Goldman Sachs; Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker; Glenn Hutchins, Silverlake; Leonard Lopate; Joe Nocera, New York Times; Jim O'Neill, Goldman Sachs; Doug Peterson, Standard and Poor's; Lawrence Rand, Kekst and Company; Richard Ravitch, Former Lt. Governor of New York; Tom Rogers, TiVo; Ralph Schlosstein, Evercore Partners; Sir Howard Stringer, Sony; Arthur Sulzberger Jr, New York Times; Larry Tabb, Tabb Group; Alex Wagner, MSNBC; Jonathan Wald, CNN; Jacob Weisberg, Slate; Meredith Whitney, Mort Zuckerman.|