Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Picture perfect

Opening night party at the Museum of the City of New York for Picturing Central Park: Paintings by Janet Ruttenberg.
Last Thursday night at the Central Park Zoo, The Wildlife Conservation Society hosted its first Sip For The Sea benefit to support the New York Aquarium as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy. The evening featured pairings of sustainable wines from The Hess Collection with sustainable seafood and other special offerings from some of New York's top restaurants.

The New York Aquarium was devastated by the impact of the hurricane, just days before it was to break ground for an exciting new exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Since that time plans to expand the Aquarium, developed in 2009 in partnership with the City of New York, have become a joint commitment to rebuild and transform the Aquarium's exhibits, programming, and Coney Island campus. The New York Aquarium reopened on a partial basis in May (to be fully reopened in the spring of 2016).
Lindsay Haas, Britney Schwartz, John Karangis, and Camilla Abder
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.
Sarah McGee, Mary Beth Adelson, and Stacey Kidd
David Schiff and John Robinson
Jenny Price, Todd Henderson, Shannon Henderson, and Angela Clofine
David Glaymon, Libby Goldring, Kathleen Glaymon, and Daniel Goldring
Ethan Rigel, Samantha Taylor, and Alex Juricev
Sherri D'Orlando, Jordana Newler, and Laurie Shevland
Marla Supnick and Eli Kuslansky
Laura Stolzenthaler and Renee Ring
Nancy Chaffetz and Rick Prins
Jordana Newler, Liz Behnam, Rachel Noel, Michelle Petrone, and Tiffany Jacobson
Angela Clofine and Michael Clofine
Jon Dohlin and Elizabeth Dohlin
Christine Tracey and Kevin Gallagher
George Trumbach and Elizabeth Turner
Genevieve Irwin, Damjan Korac, Eliza Chang, Shu Haur Tang, and Anna Gribovsky
Don Mullen and Nisha Warfield
Nikki LeBouquin, Shaniguay Wyse, and Tara Hollywood
Dana Schiff, Anne Hale, Arturo Martin, and Hannah Lopez
TC McCarthy and Asta Sivgas
Dahlia Capolongo, Dominic Capolongo, and Renee Ring
Katie Dohlan, Gary Walls, Linda Seaver, and Linda Walls
Janet Smith and Jeff Smith
Janet Irwin, Cristian Samper, and Adriana Samper
Lizzy Florent, David Florent, and Jean van Balen
Sue Irwin and Genevieve Irwin
Ted Sylvan and Lena Karmannokova
Shannon Henderson, Arturo Martin, Hannah Lopez, and Todd Henderson
John Irwin and Linden Wise
Christopher McKenzie, John Irwin, and John Dohlin
Bill Gaske, Evelyn Yange, Marion Whitman, Sara Gillman, and David Marchione
Christie Burkart, Tiffany Jacobson, Liz Benham, and Michelle Petrone
James Strauchen and Vivian Strauchen
Kerry O'Donnell and Elizabeth Belfer
US chairman of the China Arts Foundation, Angela Chen, hosted an intimate cocktail party this past Friday night in her Park Avenue apartment for visiting Shanghai based China Arts Foundation board member Boming Wang, known as one of the most powerful media excutives in Asia.

The China Arts Foundation (CAF) is a non-profit organization that helps to ensure that the intense global interest in contemporary Chinese art and culture has a sustainable future, and to help increase two–way knowledge and understanding between China and the rest of the world, in the arena of art and culture.
Elisabeth Resch, Danijela Lazarevic, Andy Serwer, and Angela Chen
Juan Duysse, Zhaodan Huang, Rochelle Ohrstrom, Jamie Keyte, Huang Ruo, and Roy Kean
Yin Zhao, Andy Serwer, and Tiffany Dubin
Catherine Lu
Angela Chen and Noel Lateef
Angela Chen, Huang Ruo, and Elisabeth Resch
Wilson Ling, Angela Chen, and Joost
Andy Serwer, Rochelle Ohrstrom, and Noel Lateef
Shirley Young and Shayne Doty
Andy Serwer and Yin Zhao
Danijela Lazarevic and Joost
Zhaodan Huang, Stephen Orlins, and Boming Wang
Chanel Korby and Lizzy Harris
Boming Wang and Danijela Lazarevic
Angela Chen and Michael Gross
Boming Wang, Danijela Lazarevic, and Angela Chen
Angela Chen and Stephen Orlins
On September 10th, New Yorkers converged to fête designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka on the opening of their Manhattan boutique, Badgley Mischka (24 East 64th Street). The affair was the perfect way to celebrate the advent of the designers' first New York store where all of their collections can be found at one location; couture, ready-to-wear, bridal, and accessories. The evening also served to benefit the American Ballet Theatre and was hosted by ABT members Julia Koch, Sutton Stracke, Caryn Zucker, Adrienne Arscht, Cornelia Guest, and Arriana Boardman.
Mark Badgley, Kate Mara, Carly Rae Jepsen, Petra Nemacova, Jamie Chung, and James Mischka
Guests included: Kate Allen, Adrienne Arsht, Muffie Potter Aston, Chesie Breen, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Helene Comfort, CeCe Cord, Jennifer Creel, Kipton Cronkite, Milly de Cabrol, Jill Fairchild, James Fallon, Fe Fendi, Lydia Fenet, O'Hara Fottrell, Honour Fottrell, Heather Georges, Mark Gilbertson, Cornelia Guest, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Gillian Hearst-Simmonds, Jane Scott Hodges, Chiu Ti Jansen, Nathalie Kaplan, Andrea Karambelas, Julia Koch, Nicola Konsoni, Angelica Konsoni, Elizabeth Kurpis, Judy Licht, Joey Lico, Alexandra Lind Rose, Ghislane Maxwell, Gillian Miniter, Gigi Mortimer, Laura Nicklas, Marie Noelle-Pierce, Deborah Norville, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Daisy Prince, Patty Raynes, Jill Roosevelt, Catherine Sabino, Helen Lee Schifter, Cameron Silver, Sutton Stracke, Yliana Yepez, Caryn Zucker, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Petra Nemacova, Daisy Fuentes, and Kate Mara.
CeCe Cord and Mai Hallingby Harrison
Mark Badgley and Muffie Potter Aston
Jennifer Creel
Gillian Miniter
Ghislane Maxwell and Caryn Zucker
Mark Badgley, Caryn Zucker, Julia Koch, and James Mischka
Sutton Stracke
Julia Koch and Adrienne Arsht
Lydia Fenet
Angeline and Fe Fendi
Muffie Potter Aston, Caryn Zucker, and Ghislane Maxwell
Mia Paterson and Andrea Karambelas
Chiu Ti Jansen
Laura Nicklas, Petra Nemacova, and Nathalie Kaplan
Patty Raynes
Jamie Korey, Nathalie Kaplan, Gillian Hearst- Simmonds, and Marie-Noelle Pierce
Judy Licht and Milly de Cabrol
Cornelia Guest and Lady Liliana Cavendish
Yliana Yepez
Gigi Grimstad, Caroline Berthet, Nathalie Kaplan, and Alexandra Lind Rose
Mark Gilbertson, Helene Comfort, and Mark Badgley
On Thursday, September 12, hundreds of art lovers converged on the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 Fifth Avenue to celebrate Central Park and those who gather within its green borders at a gala party to launch Picturing Central Park: Paintings by Janet Ruttenberg.

The opening party was attended by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris, and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin; Oscar de la Renta; Central Park Conservancy President Doug Blonsky, and Board Members Jessica Palmer, Jane McIntosh and Nicole Sexton; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Senior Partner Ira Millstein; photographer Elliott Erwitt; Billie Tisch; and Liliana Cavendish. The exhibition features never-before-exhibited works created at a massive scale and will be on view from September 13, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Janet Ruttenberg
For more than a dozen years, New Yorker Janet Ruttenberg has been a quiet but remarkable fixture in Central Park, sketching the scenery on massive sheets of paper laid on the ground and then returning to her nearby studio to transform them into major works of art, but never exhibiting them publicly until now.

“Until this week, Janet Ruttenberg’s work has been a hidden treasure,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “This is the chance for all New Yorkers – and visitors from around the world – to discover and celebrate her bold and fantastical paintings and watercolor studies. They are simply amazing!”
Douglas Blonsky
James G. Dinan
Susan Henshaw Jones
Nine works on paper and eight paintings, two with projected video, are in the exhibition.  These large-scale works—most measuring 15 feet in width—are supplemented by a selection of preparatory photographs and drawings, depicting the park in the height of its spring, summer, and fall glory.

The exhibition is designed by Wendy Evans Joseph of Cooper Joseph Studio and curated by Andrea Henderson Fahnestock.
Oscar de la Renta and Janet Ruttenberg

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (WCS)