Friday, April 26, 2013

A Changing World

Lunch in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life for AMNH's 23rd Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon.
This past Wednesday, the American Museum of Natural History held its 23rd Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon, Islands in a Changing World: Resilience and Recovery.

Lynn Sherr moderated a panel discussion between Philip Kramer, Seth W. Pinsky, and Stuart Gaffin which focused on island ecosystems as they face increasing environmental threats. Ranging from oceanic islands to New York City and surrounding areas after Hurricane Sandy, the panelists explored the resilience and recovery of these environments in a world of change.
Panel discussion in the LeFrak IMAX Theater
Philip Kramer serves as director of The Nature Conservancy's Caribbean Program. Based in the Florida Keys office, Dr. Kramer is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision and management of the Conservancy's initiatives throughout the Caribbean.

Seth W. Pinsky is president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008). In December 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg appointed Seth to lead the City's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR).

Stuart Gaffin is a research scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University. His areas of research include projections of New York City regional climate impacts, including temperature, precipitation, extreme events, and sea level rise; the urban heat island effect and the role of urban vegetation and high albedo surfaces as mitigation strategies; and greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and their relation to air pollution and regional population changes.
Chair Claire Bernard addressing the lunch
Claire Bernard, Suzanne H. Cochran, Katheryn P. Kempner, Catherine B. Sidamon-Eristoff, and Constance Spahn served as chairmen.

Guests included Zani Gugelmann, Erika Albies, Lesley Schulhoff, Patrick McGregor, Alison Draper, Chira de Rege, Amanda Wurtz, Carron Sherry, Erica Dewan, Dani Stahl, Allison Kahn, Cornelia Ercklentz, Christina Flloyd, Alexandra Wilson, Julie Wald, Nathalie Kaplan, Jane Hartley, Emily Senay, Fernanda Kellogg, Peggy Siegal, and Arden Wohl.

All proceeds from the Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon support the Museum's scientific research and educational initiatives, including important work in biodiversity conservation.
Chair Catherine Sidamon Eristoff, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, chairs Connie Spahn, Suzanne Cochran, Claire Bernard, and Kitty Kempner
Panelists Stuart Gaffin, Seth Pinsky, and Philip Kramer, with moderator Lynn Sherr
Jackie Garrett and friends
Museum Provost Michael Shara and Abby Milstein
Susan Rudin and friends
Nandita Glazer, Elizabeth Eginton, and Museum Trustee Allison Mignone
Peter Lyden with chairs Connie Spahn and Kitty Kempner
Connie and Stephen Spahn
Karen Klopp and Ottavio Serena di Lapigo
Fernanda Kellogg and friend
Chair Catherine Sidamon Eristoff and Holly Rochell
On Wednesday April 24th, the Borough's best and brightest turned out in full force for the Brooklyn Museum's third annual Brooklyn Artists Ball fundraising gala. The event honored museum trustee Barbara Knowles Debs, artist Vik Muniz, artist Wangechi Mutu, and artist Roxy Paine.

Dinner attendees including Museum Director Arnold Lehman and committee members Carla Shen and Chris Schott, Dana Ben-Ari and Nikola Duravcevic, Tamara C. Belinfanti dined at 40-foot-long artist-created tables by Njideka Akunyili, Daniel Arsham, Jules de Balincourt, Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE, Joey Frank, Jacob Hashimoto, Steven and William Ladd, Emily Noelle Lambert, Fernando Mastrangelo, Navin June Norling, José Parlá, Analia Segal, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Max Toth, and Lan Tuazon.

During the after-party, revelers mingled and meandered amid Luis Gispert’s installation while DJs Andrew Andrew and Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor spun.
Artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw
Artist Navin June Norling
Artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw Dinner Performance
Alissa Friedman and friend
Greg Belinfanti, Trustee Tamara Belinfanti, and Artist Paul Outlaw
Artist Navin June Norling, Nasoan Sheftel-Gomes, and Emily Noelle Lambert
Bob O'Leary and Simone Joseph
Guest and Trustee Constance L. Christensen
Director Arnold Lehman in Photo Booth with Brooklyn Museum Fans
Gallerist Allegra La Viola and Artist Vadis Turner
Honoree Wangechi Mutu, Artist Navin June Norling, and Nasoan Sheftel-Gomes
Guests with Artist José Parlá
Honoree Barbara Knowles Debs
Mirabelle Martin, Artist Jules de Balincourt and Curator Eugenie Tsai
May and Jane Cohan and Guest
New York Giants Cornerback Prince Amukamara and Friend
Honoree Vik Muniz and friends
Nicole Miziolek and Erica Miller
Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art, and Artist Patrick Miller of FAILE
On Saturday afternoon, April 20th, LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton held its much-anticipated opening day celebration RITES of SPRING.

The season-opening exhibit Roots of MODERN, featuring pieces from the LongHouse Reserve collection, (now through July 13) presents an illuminating look at non-Western art and irregular beauty that incited and inspired modern European art and architecture. The exhibition brings together a wide variety of non-traditional influences, and non-European works—from East Asian ceramics to Native American fabrics and basketry to African and Oceanic furniture, textiles, and masks—from a period of over 5,000 years.  

The Black & White exhibit by Jack Youngerman (now through October 12) presents a series of seven black and white cast fiberglass sculptures that were created in the 1980s in Bridgehampton, where Youngerman has had a studio since 1968. The sculptures derive from the transformation of a flat rectangle into compound curving forms, and are inspired by the South Fork dunes, waves, wings and leaves.
Jack Youngerman, Milo Youngerman, and Jack Lenor Larsen
A new installation by Japanese artist Atuya Tominaga, entitled Ninguen, has strengthened the collection with a group of pieces carved out of travertine stone and resembling ancient pillars. The artwork is a joint gift from Mr. Tominaga, who was onsite with his wife Mayumi Tominaga, and the Ippodo Gallery in New York.

Guests mingled with artists and featured exhibitors Jack Youngerman, and Atuya Tominaga, and included Jack Youngerman’s son Milo Youngerman, LongHouse Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, LongHouse President Dianne B, LongHouse Executive Director Matko Tomicic, Peter Olsen, Bruce T. Sloan, Doug Petrie, Susan and Steven Felsher, Emily Goldstein, Shoko Aono, Vladimir Orlovsky, Black Wood, Richard Kalina, Valerie Jaudon, and Leslie and Jeff Marshall.
Jack Youngerman, Black Juba, 1982, cast fiberglass, 69 x 84.5 x 36 inches
Matko Tomicic, Atsuya Tominaga, Shoko Aono, and Mayumi Tominaga
Through its arboretum, sculpture gardens and programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with a strong conviction that the arts are central to living wholly and creatively. LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum that encompasses nearly 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York.  Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the pavilion and the gardens.
Steve Felsher, Matko Tomicic, Sue Felsher, and Dianne B
Dianne B, Vladimir Orlovsky, Blake Wood, and Sue Felsher
Owain Hughes and Kimberly Goff
Mae Mougin, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Susie Burnside
David Morris and Linda Scott
David Slater and Tom LaMorte
Doug Petrie, Peter Olsen, Dianne B, and Bruce T Sloane
Majda Kallab and Donald Whitaker
Dianne B, Jack Youngerman, and Emily Goldstein
Richard Kalina, Jack Youngerman, and Valerie Jaudon
Doris McCarthy and Daria Deshuk
On Monday, April 22, 2013 The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted its 6th Annual Spring Ball along with Harry Winston, Inc. at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exuberant evening is The Society’s signature annual event, which featured cocktails, dinner and dancing, plus a special performance by multiple Grammy award-winning artist Diana Krall. The event was Co-Chaired by Shelley Carr, Julia Koch and Karen LeFrak and was generously sponsored by Harry Winston, Inc.
With 400 guests in attendance, Dr. Annette Rickel, President of The Society, welcomed the prominent crowd of The Society’s members and leaders in business, fashion, music and philanthropy. The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing was transformed into a spectacular stage surrounded by hundreds of glimmering candles.  This stunning backdrop set the stage for a poignant evening where MSKCC’s Dr. Robert Motzer, introduced The Society’s latest Kidney Cancer Initiative. The Society also honored Muffie Potter Aston, Tory Burch, Jamie Tisch and Caryn Zucker with the Service Award for their continued commitment and support to The Society and its programs. Sotheby’s Auctioneer and MSKCC Board Member Jamie Niven led a pledge to raise critical funding for research. Overall, this grand affair raised $1.5 million to benefit The Society’s comprehensive patient care, research, and education programs. Following dinner, guests hit the dance floor to music by DJ D-Nice late into the night.
Additional guests included: Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Jeff and Caryn Zucker, Tory Burch, Zac Posen, Crystal Renn, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Henri Barguirdjian, Jamie Tisch, Jamie Niven, David and Julia Koch, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Dr. Sherrell and Muffie Potter Aston, Graziano and Valerie de Boni, Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Alexandra Lebenthal, Kamie Lightburn, Maria Guilia Maramotti, Michael and Shelley Carr, Edward Menicheschi, Avi and Gigi Mortimer, Perri Peltz Ruttenberg, Lauren Remington Platt, Dr. Annette Rickel, Michael and Tara Rockefeller, Amanda Ross, Wilbur and Hilary Geary Ross,  Stephen and Kitty Sherrill,  Annabel Tollman, Linda Wells, and many more.
Karen LeFrak, Julia Koch, and Shelley Carr
Alexia Hamm Ryan and Carol Mack
Dr. Jose Baselga, Tullia Lindsten, Dr. Craig Thompson, Dr. Annette Rickel, James Hsieh and Emily Cheng
Diana Krall and Elvis Costello
John McSweeney and Anne McSweeney
Caryn Zucker, Muffie Potter Aston,Dr. Sherrell Aston, Michael Kennedy, Eleanora Kennedy, Muffie Potter Aston, and Caryn Zucker
Crystal Renn
Ari and Coco Kopelman
Tory Burch and Zac Posen
Dr. Craig Thompson, Dr. Annette Rickel, and Dr. Robert Motzer
Jamie Tisch
Amanda Ross
Heather Leeds
Patsy and Sandy Warner
David and Julia Koch
Robyn Joseph
Lauren Remington Platt
Tara Rockefeller
Gigi Mortimer and Linda Wells
Annabel Tollman
Jaimee and Peter Gregory
Rod Manley, Julia Roitfeld, and Zac Posen
Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross
Chris Errico, Lisa Errico, Kathy Thomas, and Peter Bach
Tim Nagler and Nancy Nagler
Elvis Costello
Gigi Mortimer, Perri Peltz Ruttenberg, and Sarah Ayres
Caryn Zucker and Muffie Potter Aston
Valerie De Boni and Graziano de Boni
Jennifer Zuccarini and Edward Menicheschi
Diana Krall
Dayssi Kanavos
Geoffrey Bradfield and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Julia Roitfeld
Karen and Richard LeFrak
Julia Koch, Carol Mack, and Joanne de Guardiola
Kamie Lightburn and Michel Whitmer
Graziano De Boni and Crystal Renn
On April 9, 2013, the Police Athletic League hosted its 15th Annual Legal Profession Luncheon at The Pierre. At the event, which drew 455 guests and raised $603,050, the Honorable Raymond W. Kelly, Police Commissioner, City of New York, received The Robert M. Morgenthau Award. The luncheon was chaired by Keith T. Banks, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and John A. Catsimatidis, Red Apple Group. Special guests included Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, Robert J. McGuire, John B. Osborn, Hon. David N. Dinkins, Howard J. Rubenstein, Hon. Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Michael Cardozo, NYC Corporation Counsel and Louis Freeh, Former Fed. Judge and Director of the FBI.
Robert M. Morgenthau, Keith T. Banks, Raymond W. Kelly, and John Catsimatidis
A 43-year veteran of the NYPD, Commissioner Kelly has served in 25 different commands, including twice as Police Commissioner of the City of New York – under Mayor David Dinkins and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Under his leadership, the NYPD became the first municipal police department in the country to develop its own counterterrorism bureau and global intelligence program. He established a Real Time Crime Center that uses data mining to search millions of computer records. Despite dedicating extensive resources to preventing another terrorist attack, the NYPD has driven crime down by 32%.

New York City's Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city's young people for 99 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 40,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city's largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit
Greg Kelly, Raymond W. Kelly, and Jim Kelly
Bart M. Schwartz, Raymond W. Kelly, and Lawrence Byrne
Charles A. Stillman and Lawrence B. Pedowitz
Daniel Rose and Howard J. Rubenstein
Gary P. Naftalis, Hon. Milton Mollen, and Hon. John W. Sweeny
John A. Catsimatidis and Keith T. Banks
John B. Osborn and Robert J. McGuire
Kathy Lacey, Diana Taylor, Linda Janklow, and Mary Boies
Peter L. Zimroth and Stephen E. Kaufman
Robert M. Morgenthau and Raymond W. Kelly
Raymond W. Kelly and Patrick J. Lynch
Rikki Klieman and William J. Bratton
Robert B. Fiske, Jr. and James F. Gill
On April 18, alumnae and friends of Barnard College gathered at New York's historic Plaza Hotel for the Annual Gala, a dinner and auction to benefit the College's financial aid program. The event honored recipients of the Frederick A.P. Barnard Award: Connie '53 and Harvey Krueger and the Krueger Family, and Claire and Leonard Tow, Emily Tow Jackson '88 and the Tow Foundation. Benjamin Doller of Sotheby's served as auctioneer. The event raised close to $2.3 million for scholarship aid.
Connie and Harvey Krueger. Leonard Tow and Emily Tow Jackson.
Scholarship aid is tremendously important to Barnard, and a wonderful example of how generations of alumnae, families, and friends show their support for today's young women and the future of the College, and said Barnard President Debora L. Spar.

Barnard has shaped me in countless ways. From the rigorous academic curriculum to the network of extraordinary women, the College brought out in me the desire to develop critical thinking and heighten social consciousness,and said scholarship recipient Carmen Romero '13. and I hope that someday I'll be able to help other young women have this experience, because the support I've received has been invaluable.and
Barnard President Debora Spar and Gala Nights Chair Caroline Bliss Spencer.
The Annual Gala is instrumental in upholding Barnard's commitment to educating talented young women regardless of their financial means,and said Nanette M. DiLauro, Barnard's director of financial aid. andIn this academic year alone, more than $35 million in scholarship aid was offered to Barnard students.

Following the Annual Gala, the evening continued with the second annual Gala Nights, an initiative founded and spearheaded by a committee of socially engaged young alumnae. Also in support of scholarships, the goal of this soiree is to encourage young professionals to support current students, give back to their college and community, and participate in the New York philanthropic scene.

Photographs by Eric Weiss (Brooklyn Museum); D. Finnin (AMNH); (MSKCC)