|Last Wednesday night at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum’s Junior Council held their Winter Event featuring a private viewing of a new special exhibition, Nature’s Fury: the Science of Natural Disasters.
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury tells how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events — and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, to plan responses, and to prepare for future events.
|There are interactive stations in the exhibition to help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with touchable specimens, videos and animations, models, and simulations. Visitors also can generate a virtual volcano, stand in the eye of a roaring tornado, and experience the sounds of earthquakes—even create an “earthquake” by jumping next to a seismometer.
Guest at the event were led through it with remarks by Curator Edmond Mathez. There was also a cocktail reception in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth.
The evening’s co-chairs were W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, and Zoe and Iain Wilson.
|The Junior Council, which was founded in 1994, supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret and disseminate – through scientific research and education – knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year the Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities and exhibitions. Junior Council members have access behind the scenes, meeting some of the nation’s most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhbitions.|
|Also last Wednesday evening at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Columbus Circle, 500 guests attended the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Mount Sinai Hospital held its 4th annual benefit, sponsored by Harry Winston.
The evening’s honorees were Nina and Gary Wexler, and Mount Sinai’s Ira Bleiweiss, MD, and Christina Weltz, MD. Among those in attendance were Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD and Glenn Dubin, Patty Smyth, Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones II, Gabrielle Bacon, Natasha Bedingfield, Alice and Lorne Michaels, Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, Iris and Michael Smith, and Michael J. Fox.
|The guests were greeted by Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Mount Sinai Health System who also presented the awards to Drs. Bleiweiss and Weltz.
There were also several musical performances by a full slate of talent, including Kara DioGuardi, Caroline Jones, Jonas Myrin, Moxie Raia and Patty Smyth. Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD, co-founder of the Center and Elisa Port, MD, FACS, the Center’s Co-Director, introduced the award winners. The evening raised $2.1 million.
|The Dubin Breast Center offers the latest, most innovative approaches available for breast health and the treatment of cancer under one roof. The 15,000-square-foot facility is located on the campus of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and houses a range of services from prevention to survivorship. The Dubin Breast Center’s extraordinary physicians and scientists actively collaborate, enabling our clinical teams to apply leading-edge knowledge and the newest, most sophisticated techniques and technologies.
This is the second year of the Center’s partnership with Harry Winston, the international fine jeweler and watchmaker, which made a generous donation to support the Dubin Breast Center. The donation is part of Harry Winston Brilliant Futures™ Charitable Program.
|Fountain Gallery hosted more than 400 guests at Mad About Art, the Gallery’s Annual Art Auction and Benefit. The event took place at the Waterfront, located in the historic Terminal Stores complex on Eleventh Avenue, where 100 original artworks were spotlighted to dramatic advantage in this majestic “industrial chic” setting of 20-foot ceilings, soaring steel girders and red brick walls. Fountain Gallery isNew York City’s premier venue representing artists living with mental illness.
Following a welcome to guests by Fountain House President Kenn Dudek, Fountain Gallery Director Ariel Willmott presented the Esther Montanez Award, established in memory of Fountain Gallery’s founding director, to two distinguished recipients: William Louis-Dreyfus, the Louis Dreyfus Family Collection; and Frank Maresca, Partner, Ricco/Maresca Gallery. The Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection, comprising more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, includes American and European works and an important selection of works by self-taught artists. Ricco/Maresca Gallery has championed and showcased the art of self-taught masters working outside the art-historical mainstream, focusing both on significant contemporary art in various media and on historically important American art of the 20th century.
|The electronic art auction, curated by Sasha Nicholas, buzzed along as bidders sipped cocktails and feasted upon delectables by Union Square Events. By evening’s end, numerous guests departed the Waterfront with newly acquired artworks to add to their collections.
The dedicated Chairs whose efforts were key to the event’s success were: Founding Chairs Dario Gristina and Gerard V. Schumm; Event Chairs John P. Casaly, Carmel and Brett Fromson, Leslie Harwood, Frank and Bonnie Pratt, and Gabriel Stefania; and Vice Chairs Carol Farris, Martha and Richard McDermott, and JuneAnn Patrick. A cadre of art world luminaries, including Contributing Artist Chair Jason Rohlf, graciously donated their works for auction: Ky Anderson, Katherine Bradford, David Cohen, M.J. Levy Dickson, Douglas Florian, Joan Mellon, André Pretorius, Carol Radsprecher, Kristen Schiele, and William Wegman.
|Among the guests were: Jason Bowman and Chris Adasiewicz, John Casaly, Federico Castelluccio and Yvonne Maria Schaefer, Mary Anne Costello, Lance Esplund, Nancy Farrell, Carol Farris, Elizabeth Fiore, Charlotte Moses Fischman, Carter Foster, Sarah Friend, Rick Froio, Carmel and Brett Fromson, Emily and Jeffrey Gilman, Tracy Goodnow, Jay Gorney, Dario Gristina, Carl and Pat Hagberg, George Handran, Leslie Harwood, Alexandra Herzan, Rebecca Hoffberger, Randall Kau, Christina Kee, Victor Keen and Jeanne Ruddy, Emma Kronman, Suzanne and Emmanuel Lemakis, Carl Lobell, Jim Luce, Anne Mai, Sasha Nicholas, Janice and Yoji Nimura, Frank and Bonnie Pratt, Roger Ricco, Jason Rohlf and Guinevere Johnson, Marie Sabatino, Jenna Sakolsky and Owen Clancey, Jennifer Samet, Kristin Sancken, Harriet Sawyer, Betsy Seidman, Barry Shapiro, Gabriel Stefania, Suzanne Vega, Ronnie Wiener, Susan Wilkin, and Cindy Wolff.|
|Founded by parent organization Fountain House in 2000 as a not-for-profit exhibition space for artists living and working with mental illness, Fountain Gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators and cultural institutions. Embracing artists who are emerging or established, trained or self-taught, Fountain Gallery cultivates artistic growth and makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community.
For more information about Fountain Gallery, visit: www.fountaingallerynyc.com.
|61 of America’s greatest writers and fourteen world-renowned artists revisited their most influential works for an auction to benefit PEN American Center, the largest branch of the global literary and human rights organization PEN International, held last Wednesday night at Christie’s.
First Editions/Second Thoughts (FEST), an auction of one-of-a-kind books and artists catalogues, raised $1 million to support PEN’s work to defend free expression and aid persecuted writers worldwide. American Pastoral by Philip Roth was the top-selling work with a hammer price of $80,000. Other top bids went to Don DeLillo’s Underworld($57,000), Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint ($52,000), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America ($32,000), and Robert A. Caro’s The Power Broker ($26,000).
|Leading the annotated works of art were Ed Ruscha’s Past Stuff ($40,000) Robert Gober’s Sculpture + Drawing ($22,000), and Julie Mehretu’s Grey Area ($20,000).
Through annotations including notes, essays, drawings, photographs, letters to the reader, and inserted memorabilia, each contributing author and artist transformed a first edition of their own classic work into a distinct new artifact for the auction. A similar auction of books annotated by their British authors, held last year in London, brought in $690,000 for English PEN.
|“Every novel is a record of its author’s acumen when the book was written. Post-publication edits may improve a book, but they also take it out of its time,” said Michael Cunningham, whose annotation of The Hours sold for $21,000. “I made notes and observations instead. I tried to recreate the world—the rather local world—in which I wrote The Hours, which was a bit like going to see my younger self at a zoo.”
Cunningham was one of 14 of the 75 contributing authors and artists who attended the live auction at Christie’s last night, including Paul Auster, Rita Dove, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Jay McInerney, and Paul Muldoon. The sum of Tuesday evening’s bids raised just under $920,000, and a generous donation from an anonymous supporter brought the total raised to $1 million.
|Additional lots for sale at PEN’s First Editions, Second Thoughts Auctions included contributions by authors Woody Allen, Eric Carle, Junot Diaz, Gillian Flynn, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, and Stephen Sondheim.
PEN supporter and acclaimed New York City gallerist Sean Kelly expanded the scope of the lots by inviting fourteen artists, including Glenn Ligon, Richard Serra, Marina Abramovic, and Kiki Smith to reimagine a monograph or significant catalogue of their work to benefit PEN.
|More catching up. Last Tuesday, December 2nd, the Winter Antiques Show Committee and East Side House Settlement celebrated their 2nd annual Expert Eye Evening, an educational program initiated by the Winter Antiques Show (WAS) to highlight the Show’s renowned exhibitors—“expert eyes”—and their unparalleled expertise.
The event was hosted by WAS exhibitor Philip Colleck, Ltd., specialists in 17th through early 19th century English furniture with an emphasis on chinoiserie. The gallery is housed within one of New York’s most charming landmarks; a freestanding pre-Civil War brick home on East 58th Street between Second and First Avenues.
More than sixty guests were present to peruse an array of fine English furniture and decorative arts, while mingling and having the opportunity to meet with the gallery’s co-owners Mark and Diana Jacoby, and silver expert Jim McConnaughy, of WAS exhibitor S. J. Shrubsole.
|Helen Kippax, Vice Chair of the WAS Committee, graciously thanked the crowd in attendance and invited guests to enjoy engaging presentations on the history of English and American silver, the technique behind chinoiserie, and the rare attributes of a mirrored English secretary.
The 61st annual Winter Antiques Show will be held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from January 23-February 1, 2015, with the glamorous Opening Night Party on Thursday, January 22nd. All net proceeds support East Side House Settlement, a non-profit institution in the South Bronx that provides social services to community residents.
|Among those attending the evening were Arie and Coco Kopelman, Lucinda and Bob Ballard, Michael Lynch and Susan Baker, Helen and John Kippax, John Douglas Eason, Damon Crane, Joe and Clinton Standart, John Sanchez, George and Sarah King, Catherine Sweeney Singer, Marjorie Johnson Hewett, Takeshi & Makiki Ueshima, Dolores and David Miller.|
|Photographs by Saskia Kahn (MAD about Art); C. Chesek (AMNH); Patrick McMullan.com (Expert Eye)|