Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Frick's annual Autumn dinner and Casita Maria's 2014 Fiesta

Dinner in the West Gallery at the Frick Collection's annual Autumn dinner.
This past Monday night at the Frick Collection, they hosted their annual Autumn dinner in the galleries. This dinner is like everything else at the Frick – a cut above – in terms of atmosphere, presentation and the pleasure of dining amidst the Turners, El Grecos, Vermeers, Goyas, Manets, David. I mean really, where else in the United States of America can you do this? In what used to be a man's home – and still protects some of that feel.

I've written this many times before so I'll be quick, but the Frick always deserves a special word. It is a haven, a solace, and a refuge from the city's horns and bells and honks and cellphone carriers. We know a lot about Mr. Frick, its founder, and his dealers and his daughter. It's a story to tell with many sides and shades. But the main event was this house, the museum, this collection. Whatever the karma that went into its inception, its construction, its expansion and its reputation, the Fricks created a little bit of heavenliness on this mad planet of ours.
The tablescape in the West Gallery
This year's black-tie dinner honored Barbara Fleischman. Mrs. Fleischman is an extraordinary philanthropist and collector. She is also a longtime supporter of The Frick Collection. Indeed, the event is the only sit-down dinner held in the museum's monumental picture galleries with their masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.

Mrs. Fleischman is also among the foremost supporters of museums in this country. Her generosity has touched many cultural institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Archives of American Art, where she established the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in memory of her husband. At The Frick Collection, Mrs. Fleischman has served as a Trustee since 2009, during which time she has been a stalwart champion of all aspects of the institution.
Dinner in the Oval Room
Dinner in the East Gallery
Mrs. Fleischman's contributions include support for the special exhibitions Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery and Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, as well as the programs of the Center for the History of Collecting. In 2011, she gave an important Renaissance drawing to the museum by Domenico Beccafumi (1486–1551) in honor of then Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Colin B. Bailey. Mrs. Fleishman has also served on the benefit committee for the annual Autumn Dinner (2011–2013) and on the host committee for the Spring Garden Party.

Proceeds from this event help to support the full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives, and the Frick Art Reference Library. This year, it raised $1,200,000.
Frick Trustee and the evening's honoree Barbara Fleischman and Frick Director Ian Wardropper
This year's benefit committee included John and Constance Birkelund, Peter and Sofia Blanchard, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Burns Jr., Champagne Louis Roederer, Citigroup, Tom Flexner, Domaines Ott, Martin and Kate Feldstein, Guillaume Fouilleron, Ms. Elise D. Frick and Mr. John A. Garraty, Michael and Mary Gellert, Gail and Peter Goltra, Elizabeth Marsteller Gordon, Mr. Michael Graziano, Bruce Greenwald, Agnes Gund, Dr. Peter N. Heydon, Bob and Sheila Hoerle, Thomas L. Kempner Jr. and Katheryn C. Patterson, Lillian E. Kraemer and Maurice G. Eldridge, Margo M. Langenberg, Terry and Bob Lindsay, Nancy Abeles Marks, Joyce F. Menschel, Arnold and Hilda Neis, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phipps Jr., Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Robinson, Rouse Properties, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Mrs. Julio Santo Domingo, Roberta Schneiderman, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Phyllis and Nathan Shmalo, Judith and Randy Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. A. Alfred Taubman.

Leadership committee comprised Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani and Sandeep Mathrani, Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman, Monika and Matthew McLennan.

Benefactors and Patrons included Debra and Ben Ashkenazy, Margot and Jerry Bogert, Brookfield, Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard, Barbara Fleischman, Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin W. Hobbs, Jane and Michael Horvitz, Jared and Ivanka Kushner, Related Companies, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Joseph and Betty Sitt, Sotheby's, Melinda and Dr. Paul Sullivan, Aso O. Tavitian, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio F. Weiss.
Frick Chief Curator Xavier Salomon, Frick Director Ian Wardopper, Frick Trustee Barbara Fleischman, Benefit Chairman Londa Weisman, Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel, Benefit Chairmen Matthew and Monika McLennan, Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani, and Benefit Chairman Sandeep Mathrani
Benefit Chairman Sandeep Mathrani, Benefit Chairmen Matthew and Monika McLennan, Frick Chief Curator Xavier Salomon, Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani, Frick Trustee Barbara Fleischman, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, Benefit Chairman Londa Weisman, and Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Sidney R. Knafel
Howdy and Mary Phipps, Frederick R. Koch, and Margo Morton Langenberg
Elizabeth and Stanley Scott with Joanne du Pont Foster
Joanne du Pont Foster, Douglas Hyland, and Elizabeth Gage
Frick Trustee Margot Bogert with Sirgay and Judith Sanger
Terry and Robert Lindsay, Amy Fall, and Hartley Rogers
Dan Regan and Jocelyn Carpenter
Maurice G. Eldridge and Lillian Kraemer
Joan and James Wilson
Frick Associate Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, Lucy Jane Lang, and Margi Schwartz
Benefit Chairman Sandeep Mathrani, and Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani
Deborah and Charles Royce
John Dunning and Roberta Schneiderman
Miriam and Dan Quart
Hilda and Arnold Neis
June Dyson and James Guedry
Martin and Kathleen Feldstein with Anne and François Poulet
Robert L. Froelich, Elise Frick, John Garraty, and Frick Trustee Emily T. Frick
Barbara and John Burns, and Nancy Marks
Daniel Laub and Michelle Flesh
Douglas Hyland, David Orcutt, Sarah McNear, and Peter Trippi
Colin Bailey and Frick Senior Curator Susan Galassi
Jim Jordan, Charlotte Verity, and Christopher LeBrun
Steven and Leonora Levy
Nicola Knight, Guillaume Fouilleron, and Fedeli and Lydia Miranda
Sofia Blanchard, Frick Trustee Peter Blanchard, and Mary and Howdy Phipps
Helen Clay Chace and Frick Curator Denise Allen
Catherine Sabino, Frick Associate Director of Media Relations and Marketing Heidi Rosenau, and Eiko Assael
Frick Manager of Media Relations and Marketing Alexis Light
Robert "Stretch" and Liz Gardner with Diana and George Hambleton
Lisa and Jeff Volling
Mark and Justina Mignani
Nomi Ghez, Cynthia R. Boardman, Elizabeth Eveillard, and Frick Trustee Jean-Marie Eveillard
Jennifer Wright and Alex Bouzari
Frick Trustee Barbara Fleischman and Joyce Menschel
Amory and Sean McAndrew
Caitlin Davis, Pauline Eveillard, Clare McKeon, Colin Bailey, and Lucy Jane Lang
Phyllis and Nathan Shmalo
Susan Sloan, Arthur Clark, and Janine Luke
Frick Trustee Melinda Sullivan and Kathryn Haw
Mark David, Claire Distenfeld, Rosemary Vrablic, and Jared Kushner
Colin Bailey, Frick Trustee Margot Bogert, Frick Chief Curator Xavier Salomon, and Anne Poulet
Frick Deputy Director of External Affairs Tia Chapman, Monika McLennan, and Christopher LeBrun
Christopher LeBrun and Monika McLennan
Marina French and Frick Trustee Peter Blanchard
Frick Trustee Barbara Fleischman and Vartan Gregorian
Frick Trustee Margot Bogert, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, and Frick Trustee Barbara Fleischman
Martha Fleischman and Frick Trustee Barbara Fleischman
Michael Graziano with Lisa and Richard Baker
Frick Deputy Director of External Affairs Tia Chapman with Stanley and Elizabeth Scott
Lucy Jane Lang, Sarah McNear, Frick Associate Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, and Colin Bailey
Frick Trustee Margot Bogert, John and Barbara Burns, and Francois and Anne Poule
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz
Christopher Apostle, Elizabeth Stafford, and Mark Haukohl
Helen Clay Chace and Sarah McNear
Gail and Peter Goltra
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sitt
Louise Grunwald, Douglas Cramer, and Lynn Nesbit
Marilyn and Lawrence Friedland
Benefit Chairman Sandeep Mathrani, Benefit Chairman and Frick Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani, and Anjali and Prakash Melwani
Jonathan and Sheri Boos
Elise Frick, John Garraty, and Mary and Howdy Phipps
This past Monday, October 20th, at The Plaza Hotel, Lynn Wyatt, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, and Santiago Calatrava were honored at the "2014 Fiesta" gala benefiting the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education. As has become the tradition, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Aileen Mehle, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia again served as the Dinner Chairmen. Christopher Mason was a fantastic master of ceremonies.

This year marked Casita Maria's 80th year in New York City — no small feat for any organization. The benefit returned to The Plaza Hotel for this milestone year. Cocktails were served in the Terrace Room and guests were then ushered upstairs to The Grand Ballroom where dinner was served and guests danced into the early morning hours to the music of The Bob Hardwick Sound and his Latino All Star Sound.
Lynn Wyatt and Christopher Mason
Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg and Christopher Mason
Santiago Calatrava and Christopher Mason
Always one of New York's most glamorous parties, Fiesta brought together the international social elite from five continents, and always with a South American flair, to support the organization's extraordinarily worthy work with children, teenagers, and their families in the South Bronx.

The event hosted over 400 hundred guests including Fabiola Arias, Tony Bechara, Kelly Bensimon, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brodsky, The Honorable Sila Calderon, Clara Brillembourg Chopivsky, Clara Tamayo de Brillembourg, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Juan Pablo and Barbara del Valle, Beth Rudin DeWoody, John Demsey, Elise and Thomas Enders, Mr. and Mrs. Francesco Galesi, Federico and Jessica Garza-Bueron, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Charles and Ann Desollar Hale, Dr. and Mrs. William Haseltine, Jamie and Cynthia Kempner, Michele Gerber Klein, Peter Lyden, Ann Nitze, Florence Peyrelongue, Rick & Leticia Presutti, Ann Rapp, Benigno Rodriguez-Cubenas, Patric Ruiz-Healy, Jeannette Sanger, Yolanda Santos, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Barbara Cirkva Shumacher, Barbara and Donald Tober, Carmen Unanue, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Andreas and Elizabeth von der Goltz, Tanya Rivero Warren and Kristi Witker.
Gabriel Gonzalez and Jackie Weld Drake
The Fiesta Honorary Chairs were Ana Cristina Alvarado and Maria Eugenia and William Haseltine.

The Pachanga Chairmen were Alexandre J. Leviant and Florence Peyrelongue.

Guests enjoyed an amazing menu: the appetizers included a Black Mission Fig and Chevre Tart, followed by an entrée of a Filet Mignon served with a Broccolini, Spaghetti Squash, and Potato Dauphiuose, in a Bordelaise Sauce; dessert was a dark chocolate Panna Cotta served with roasted Stone Fruit, Raspberries, and Toffee Nuts.
Edgar Batista and Audrey Gruss
Elizabeth Jacoby, Christopher Trump, and Denise De La Rue
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Jeanne Lawrence, Jamee Gregory, and Helena Martinez
Federico Garza-Bueron and Jessica Garza-Bueron
Fred Negem, Barbara Tober, and Donald Tober
Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Arturo Brillembourg, Mark Gillespie, and Clara Chopivsky
Irina Serrano, Andres Serrano, and Sabrina Wirth
Jean Shafiroff and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia
Jamee Gregory and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia
John Demsey and Kelly Bensimon
Maria Eugenia Haseltine and William Haseltine
Juan Larrain, Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Rachel Lee Holland, and Gabriel Alonso Mendoza
Michele Gerber Klein
Nina Weir, Clara Brillembourg, and Clara Chopivsky
Francesco Galesi, Tina Beriro, and Peter Bacanovic
Pierre LeVai and Marcia Levine
Violaine Bernbach and Adrienne Vittadini
Querube Arias Clar, JoAnn Mason, and Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg
Robertina Calatrava and Pierre LeVai
Adrienne Vittadini and John Bernbach
Ann Nitze, Shayne Doty, and Julie Geier
Bicky Kellner, Steven Aronson, Jeannette Sanger, and George Kellner
Santiago Calatrava, Sarah Calderon, Jackie Weld Drake, Lynn Wyatt, and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia
Tony Bechara and Yolanda Santos
Will Harcourt-Smith, Amira Thoron, Elise Enders, and Tom Enders
Photographs by Christine A. Butler & Mary Hilliard (Frick)