Monday, March 25, 2013

Celebrating the home front

The MAD scene for the opening of the "After the Museum" exhibition.
The Museum of Arts and Design held an opening gala on the evening of Monday, March 18 at 2 Columbus Circle, to celebrate three new exhibitions: After the Museum: The Home Front 2013, Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design, and Wear It or Not: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions. Curators, artists, and many eminent members of the art and design world, gathered in the galleries to celebrate the artists and curators involved in these exhibitions.
Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober, Lesley Stahl, and Interim Director David Gordon in the Barbara Tober Grand Atrium of the Museum of Arts & Design
On view through June 9, After the Museum stages and presents a series of installations and public programs, which explores the role of the 21st century art and design museum in shaping and echoing contemporary design practices. More than 30 designers and collaboratives are brought together for this exhibition to examine the interplay between cultural institutions and the design community.

Featuring nearly 90 installations, sculptures, furniture, and vessels, Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design explores the latest conceptual and technical trends in woodworking today. The exhibition examines the ways in which artists, craftspeople and designers have incorporated modernist approaches and strategies into woodworking. Against the Grain is on view through September 15.
Curator Lowery Stokes Sims with Silas Kopf and MAD's Interim Director David Gordon (Inset: Silas Kopf's shoes)
Wendell Castle
From iconic mid-20th century works to computer-designed and manufactured jewelry, the Wear It or Not exhibition showcases the depth and variety of the new additions to the museum's renowned permanent collection featuring objects by artists such as Kiff Slemmons, Melanie Bilenker, Otto Künzli, and Tone Vigeland. This exhibition is on view through June 2.

Notable attendees included: Lesley Stahl, Lewis Kruger, Holly Hotchner, Damon Crain, JohnEason, Barbara Tober, David Gordon, Beverly & Jerome Siegel, Nanette L. Laitman, Lowery Stokes Sims, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Alexandre Arrechea, Silas Kopf, Sandy Starkman, Barry Friedman, Patricia Pastor, Todd Merrill, Cristina Grajales, Sebastian Errazuriz, Wendell Castle.
Joseph Walsh, Patricia Pastor, and Barry Friedman
Earl Dax, Cameron Cooper, Zach Cole, and curator Jake Yuzna
Bud Latven
Sandy Starkman and Silas Kopf
Garreth Neal, Wendell Castle, Todd Merrill, and Joseph Walsh
Armando and Andria Morales, Vivien Chiu, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard
Sebastian Errazuriz and Cristina Grajales
Nanette L. Laitman, MAD Trustee
MAD's Interim Director David Gordon with Beverly and Jerome Siegel
Jake Yuzna and Dan Rubinstein
Todd Merrill and Gareth Neal
Marc Andre Robinson
Judith Belzer
Last Monday night the Asia Society held its fifty annual Celebration of Asia Week benefit gala and honored designer Jason Wu.

The evening which was held at the Pierre, drew over 350 guests from the worlds of art, design and fashion. Ermenegildo Zegna was a Co-Chair for the evening and his fashion house was a lead corporate underwriter.

Guest Chefs Pichet Ong and Simpson Wong created a unique menu for the occasion. A live and spirited auction by Sotheby's Vice Chairman, North America, Henry Howard-Sneyd, saw guests bidding on a number of items such as a made-to measure suit by Ermenegildo Zegna, and luxury travel and exclusive experiences.
Elizabeth Gilpin, Hilary Rhoda, Michelle Harper, and Jenny Shimizu
Yung Hee Kim, Kyle Blackmon, and Lorry Newhouse
Following dinner, guests danced to music by Peter Duchin and his Orchestra.

Those in attendance included: Chairs Stephanie Foster and Charles Rockefeller; Co-Chairs Betsy and Edward Cohen; and Vice Chairs Henrietta and Richard Fore, Ruth and Harold Newman, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky, Denise and Andrew Saul, and Lulu and Anthony Wang.

Additional guests included Ralph Appelbaum and Madelynn Gingold, Kyle Blackmon, Eddie Borgo, Veronica Bulgari, Drake Burnette, Alexis Dahan, Qin Feng, Tom Freston, Carolyn Hsu-Balcer and Rene Balcer, Sharon Bush, Michael Joo, Cathy Hardwick, Michelle Harper, Martha Hunt, Chiu-Ti Jansen and Geoffrey Bradfield, Liya Kebede, Patrick Li, Terresa Liu and Richard Snyder, Nate Lowman, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Lorry Newhouse, Maggie Norris and Andrew LePera, Mariko Mori, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Shu Pei, Amanda Ross, Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, Hilary Rhoda, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Jenny Shimizu, Susan Shin, Keegan Singh, Susan and Dirk Standen, Anna Sui, Patricia Tang, Barbara and Donald Tober, Richard Tsao, and Marie-Hélène Weill.
Siddhartha Mukherjee and Melissa Chiu
Amy Hoadley and Tom Freston
Richard Fore
Hal and Ruth Newman
Lindsey Boylan and Mei Mei Tuan
Charles Rockefeller and Henry Howard Sneyd
Stephanie and John Foster
Chiu ti Jansen and Geoffrey Bradfield
Sharon Bush and Oscar Plotkin
Tom Nagorski, Exec VP of AS
Jason Wu
Henrietta H. Fore and Trevor Potter
Diana Burke and Shayne Doty
Franco Salhi and Jory Wood Syed
Cesar Oborero
Betsy Z. Cohen and Barbaralee Diamondstein Spielvogel
Dana Westring
Daniel and Leslie Ziff
R. Balcer and Carolyn Hsu Balcer
On Thursday, March 21th, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS 16th annual DINING BY DESIGN tour kicked-off with their annual GALA DINNER. This year, DIFFA honored two of their greatest supporters in Isabel & Ruben Toledo, famed designers and artists, as well as long time board member Rick Wolf. In a ceremony co-chaired by Geoffrey Zakarian and Tracy Resse, Isbael & Ruben Toldeo were awarded the annual Rockwell Service award by Rick Wolf and thanked everyone for bestowing them such a great honor. Rick Wolf received the Unsung Hero Award, presented by Cindy Allen, for raising 1.5 million for the organization. Cindy Allen went on to introduce and welcome DIFFA's new Executive Director, Felecia Webb.
Ralph Lauren table/entrance
Guests dined in the awe-inspiring installations while sipping on Patron Cocktails and La Crema wine. The elegantly seated VIP dinner was accompanied by dancing and a silent auction loaded with hospitality experiences and luxury items. Notable tables included Ralph Lauren's classic all-American design, Interior Design Magazine's abstract and conceptual patterns as well as David Rockwell's "Kinky Boots" inspired installation. DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN brings together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create spectacular, over-the-top dining environments.
Executive Director of DIFFA Felecia Web and Isabel and Ruben Toldeo
DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. For more than 28 years, DIFFA has been one of the country's largest supporters of both direct care for people living with AIDS and preventative education for those at risk.
Arpad Baksa
Architectural Digest
Vern Yip
Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Russell, and David Rockwell
Thom Filicia
Ralph Lauren
Evette Rios
Scott Mirkin and Susan Blond
Rachel Laxer
Rachel Ashwell-Shabby Chic Couture
Pratt Insitute
Alfredo Paredes and Margaret Russell
Geoffrey Zakarian
Patron display
Parsons The New School for Design
New York School of Interior Design
Michael Aram
Rick Wolf
Felecia Webb and Cindy Allen
Michael Amani
Marc Blackwell and Evette Rios
Lady Tina Green & Pietro Mingarelli
Keogh Design
Kenneth Cobonpue
James Magni for Profile
Interior Design Magazine-design by Ali Taylor
Goli and Tom (AM/MOR Architecture), & Justin Huxol (HUXHUX Design)
Gensler/Herman Miller
Frette Design
Federico Delrosso
Eric Warner for Tracy Reese
Elizabeth Bolognino
EDG- The Roger Thomas Collection
Design Within Reach
David Rockwell
Benjamin Moore
Beacon Hill
Aerin Lauder
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its sixth annual concert and dinner at Kristy and Jim Clark's beautiful Palm Beach home. Co-hosted by Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and with over 150 Palm Beach arts lovers and philanthropists in attendance, the event honored Toby and Itzhak Perlman's dedication to nurturing the next generation of classical music artists.

This special annual event is made possible through the Clarks' profound generosity and dedication to The Perlman Music Program. "Something really special is happening at Toby and Itzhak's camp," said Jim Clark. "To help establish the new Arts Center and to host this event each year is truly an honor for us."
Members of The Perlman Music Program with Kristy and Jim Clark
The evening began with cocktails and champagne on the veranda, followed by a performance in the Clarks' elegant living room featuring several outstanding PMP students and alumni. The concert included chamber music by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms, presented by violinists Randall Goosby, Alice Ivy-Pemberton, Sean Lee, and Doori Na; violists Caitlin Lynch, Bella Markham, and Cong Wu; cellists Gabriel Beigel, Jia Kim, and SuJin Lee; and pianist Kwan Yi. The talented and poised young performers introduced each piece with a spirited tale, bringing each composer to life in their own words.
Kristy and Jim Clark introduce Dyan to the guests
After the exceptional concert, Jim Clark spoke about the transformational experience of hearing Toby and Itzhak's young artists flourish over his and Kristy's years of involvement. He urged the guests to join him and Kristy in the campaign to fully fund a beautiful new performing arts center on PMP's Shelter Island, NY campus. Opened in 2012, the landmark Kristy and James H. Clark Arts Center provides an essential year-round resource for PMP's students and alumni. Jim announced that he and Kristy would personally match any of their guests' donations towards the $3.5 million Clark Arts Center campaign, to a stirring round of applause. After Jim spoke, Toby Perlman thanked him and Kristy, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and PMP Board President, Morgan Stark, for helping PMP create the ideal environment to nurture gifted young musicians towards their full potential. To bring the evening to a rousing close, the guests toasted the incredible music and beautiful weather at a festive dinner under the stars.
Musicians perform for a rapt audience
Guests included: Sharon Amluxen, Irma L. Anapol, Doreen and Gilbert Bassin, Claire and Lawrence A. Benenson, Gigi Benson, Virginia Consuelo Smith Burke, Don Burns and Greg Connors, Julie and Michael M. Connors, Maude Cook, Howard E. Cox, Countess Christina de Caraman, Elijah Duckworth-Schachter, Jay Dweck and Christine Kim, Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Carol and David H. Feinberg, Michael Finn, Kathleen Ford, Arlene and Irwin Firsh, Lola Goldring, C. Gerald Goldsmith, Mei Sze and Jeff Greene, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Sylvia Hassenfeld, Barbara and Murray Hazan, Marsha and Carl Hewitt, Robin and Michael Jay, Ann and Thomas S. Johnson, Vicki and Christopher Kellogg, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Kate and Hashem Khosrovani, J. Stuart Kirwan III and Mrs. Phyllis Kirwan, Bridget Koch, Lynne Kramer, Kathy Deane and Richard Krantz, Gregory and Sandy Kriser and Ryan Kriser, Charlie Krusen and Kristen Maltese, Ellen Liman and Walter Liebman, Susan Lloyd, Karin F. Luter, The Honorable and Mrs. Earle I. Mack, Hildegarde Mahoney, Susan and Tim Malloy, Anna and William Mann, Suzanne and Bill McDonough, Diahn and Thomas J. McGrath, Grace and S. Christopher Meigher III, James H. Mitchell and Rosita Spencer-Churchill, Katherine Mondadori, Robert E. Nederlander and Patricia Cook, Christina and Tad O'Donnell, Ann Paton, Anka K. Palitz, Nancy and Jay Parker, Mr. Thomas Peterffy and Ms. Lynne Wheat, John and Beverlee Raymond and Allison Raymond, Vicky and Paul S. Reynolds, Annette U. Rickel, Nestor A. Rodriguez, Ava Roosevelt and Christopher M. Twardy, Leslie Rose and Denise McCann, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Mitchell Rubin, Monica Starkman Schteingart and David E. Schteingart, Morgan B. Stark, Betty Lee and Aaron Stern, Judy and Alfred A. Taubman, Gail and Harry Theodoracopulos, Angelika and Andrews Walker, Jean Weiner, Karen Wing, Percy Wu, Ken Wyse, and Georgiana H. Yang.
Howard E Cox, Jim Clark, Dr. Aaron Stern, Betty Lee Stern, and Jose Pepe Fanjul, Sr.
Michael Kennedy, Susan Malloy, Eleanora Kennedy, Tim Malloy, and Katherine Mondadori
Jim Clark, Toby Perlman, Alice Ivy Pemberton, and Bella Markhan
Kristen and Charlie Krusen
Phyllis Kirwan and J. Stuart Kirwan III
Susan and Tim Malloy, Dr. Annette Rickel, Michael and Eleanora Kennedy, and Katherine Mondadori
Gregory Kiser, Sandy Kiser, Ryan Kiser, Anka Palitz, and Toby Perlman
Jean Weiner, Percy Wu, and Georgiana H Yang
Rosita Spencer Churchill and Gail Theodoracopulos
Sharon Amluxon, Kate Ford, and Anka Palitz
Kate and Hashem Khosrovani, and Susan Lloyd
Julia and Michael Connors, and Diana Ecclestone
Jeff Greene, Morgan Stark, and Mei Sze Greene
Christopher and Vicki Kellogg
Marsha and Carl Hewitt
Doreen Bassin, Nancy Parker, and Mayda Cisneros
Grace Meigher, Diana Ecclestone, and Chris Meigher
Don Burns and Greg Connors
Jose Pepe Fanjul, Sr, Virginia Consuelo Smith Burke, and Ava Roosevelt
Countess Christina De Caraman, William Mann, and Anna Mann
Thomas Peterffy and Elijah Duckworth Schachter
Emilia Fanjul and Shirley Lord Rosenthal
Mai Hallingby Harrison and Stephen DeAngelis
The Honorable and Mrs. Earle I. Mack
Diahn McGrath and Thomas McGrath
Denise McCann and Leslie Rose
Doori Na, Randall Goosby, Michael Finn, Rohan De Silva, Ann Johnson, Thomas S. Johnson, and Hayley Jarvi
Weegie Antle and Ken Wyse
Irma L. Anapol

Photographs by Bennet Cobliner (Asia Society) & (Perlman)