Monday, April 7, 2014

Works & Process

The scene at the Guggenheim Museum for the 30th Anniversary Gala for Works & Process.
Last Wednesday night at the Guggenheim, hundreds of New York's culture elite filled the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in celebration for the 30th Anniversary Gala for Works & Process.

A cultural touchstone since 1984, pioneer of the arts, Mary Sharp Cronson, has built her Works & Process series into one of the leading programs that provide access to internationally renowned performance artists, writers, choreographers, composers, scientists and directors.

The evening’s guests were led into the Peter B. Lewis Theater, treating them to not only a retrospective film of the last 30 years – colorfully narrated by Mrs. Cronson – but to two wonderful performances from recent seasons.
Jay Johnson, Kristel Wedin, Ali Banisadr, Angela Westwater, and Tom Cashin
After remarks from both Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Director, Richard Armstrong, 30th Anniversary Chair, Caroline Cronson, introduced Bach Interpreted (2014), a beautifully graceful dance choreographed by Emery LeCrone to J.S. Bach's Partita No. 2 in C Minor. The film screen descended shortly thereafter for the film retrospective, including highlights and insights from the programs past 30 years; proceeded by the wildly creative and animated Rockefellers (2013).

Set to a mix of experimental electronic music and old-time jazz favorites, John Heginbotham choreographed a playful dance exploration.
John Guare, Adele Chatfield Taylor, Kathy Brown, Cynthia Polsky, and George Steel
The evening concluded with dinner in the Rotunda. There, suspended just above the dining floor, guests were taken aback by Jason Hackenwerth's latex balloon installation of the grandest design, entitled, Aviary.

Over 20 feet tall, the chandelier like balloon sculpture left everyone in awe. This was a one-night only event for New Yorkers. Aviary is to be displayed from April 12th to May 3rd throughout the Village of Catskill.
Natalie Joos
Gianna Valdes and Gordon Dugan
Pierre Guilbualt and Kaitlyn Gilliland
Marc Steglitz and Charles Fabius
Catherine Cantrell Dionne and Debbie Duffy
Alexa Wolman and Suzy Buckley Woodward
Setpheap San, Krisna Uk, and Michele Pesner
Angela Westwater and David Meitus
Donald Byrd and Gus Solomon
Fe Fendi, Stella Abrera, and Patricia Shiah
Tom Cashin, Nicolas Mirzayantz, and Jay Johnson
Mariana Cook, Mary Libby, and Younghee Kim-Wait
Sarah Mayer and Bob Mayer
Robert Fribourg, Effie Fribourg, and Paul Cronson
Nick White, Kimi Nikaidoh, Emery LeCrone, Ariella Freid, and Richard Isaac
Catherine Dunn, Emery LeCrone, and Kathy Brown
Heather Randall and Moises Kaufman
Richard Isaac, Ariella Fried, Yigal Azrouel, Sarah Atkins, and Alfredo Solivan
Adam Flatto and Alessandro Fendi
Amy Fine Collins, Isaac Mizrahi, Lindsay Jones, and John Eirich
Darren Walker and Shelby White
Anne Bass and Steve Reich
Barbar Slifka and William Earle
Aidan Mooney and Maria Cristina Anzola
Melissa Crespo, George Steel, and Heather Randall
Tom Gold and Melissa Crespo
John Higgenbotham, Jennifer Chaitman, Caroline Cronson, and Jason Hackenwerth
Matthew Porretta, Amanda Hankes, Martin Harvey, Catherine Cantrell Dionne, Aidan Mooney, Melody Libonati, and Eddie Libonati
Dina De Luca Chartouni, Adam Flatto, Olivia Flatto, and Jason Hackenwerth
Kurt Perschke, Meghan Dunn, Jerry Aman, and Amanda Frei
Yigal Azrouel and Kimi Nikaidoh
Patty Tang, James Chang, Roslin Jaffe, and Bob Mayer
Roberta Sommers, Barry Tobias, and Barbara Cummings
Charles Fabius and John Wielk
On Tuesday, April 1st, Publicolor held a private viewing of custom one-of-a-kind tote bags by designers such as Betsey Johnson, Pamela Bell, Angela Cummings, Kyle DeWoody, Jamie Drake, Rainy Day Erwin, Laura Bohn, Narcisco Rodriguez, Tiffany Rhodes, Gael Towey, Tucker Viemeister at the Knoll Showroom (1330 Avenue of the Americas) in celebration of their annual Stir, Splatter & Roll Gala.

Guests included Kate Ballen, Jeffrey Banks, Casey Benjamin, Laura Bohn, Lindsay Brown, Paul Davis, Leslie Dessner, Debrah Feinn, Barbara Flood, Dolores Jansen, Frank Lupo, Jeffrey Osbourne, Paul Polizzotto, Tiffany Rhodes, Michael Shuman, Ruth Lande Shuman, Patrick Target, Julian and Jackie Taub.
Bag Designer Debrah Feinn
Bag Designer Tiffany Rhodes
Betsy Johnson tote
The tote bags will be apart of the silent auction at this year's gala on April 22nd at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

The gala is co-chaired by world-renowned designer Michael Kors, respected architect Gene Kohn, and award-winning menswear designer Jeffrey Banks and will honor, Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center. Actress Bernadette Peters will present him with the award.
Ruth Shuman, Frank Lupo, and Paul Polizzotto
Jeffrey Banks and Mickey Ateyeh
Barbara Flood
Paul Polizzotto, Ruth Shuman, and Carla Contreras
Lindsay Brown, Patrick, Target, and Andrea Lontoc
Jeff Osborne and Paul Haigh
Jackie and Julian Taub
Ashley Pickett, Dolores Jansen, and Lisa Brinkman
Publicolor students
On Tuesday, April 1, the National YoungArts Foundation kicked off YoungArts New York with a fundraising event Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, launching this year's YoungArts New York program.  

The celebratory event was hosted by Sarah Arison, Drena Deniro and Debi Mazar and featured a special performance by YoungArts alumna, singer, songwriter Kate Davis.  About 100 guests mixed and mingled and money raised throughout the evening will support YoungArts programs which provide mentorship to emerging artists and encourage them to pursue their passions and a career in the arts.
Paul T. Lehr, Debi Mazar, Drena De Niro, and Sarah Arison
Matthu Placek, Marc Sheridan, and Lauren Matthiesen
Debi Mazar and Tony Drockton
Alumni Elena Pinderhughes, Kate Davis, Danny Rothschild, and Paul T. Lehr
Bjorn Amelan, Debi Mazar, and Bill T. Jones
The scene at Bendels
Gabe Schnider and Kate Davis entertain the crowd
On March 19, 2014, the Police Athletic League hosted its 16th Annual Legal Profession Luncheon at The Pierre. At the event, which drew 450 guests and raised $680,000 for the nonprofit, Benjamin Brafman, Brafman & Associates, P.C., received The Robert M. Morgenthau Award and Robert J. McGuire, Vice Chairman, Police Athletic League and Former NYC Police Commissioner, received The PAL Centennial Leadership Award.

The luncheon was chaired by Lawrence Byrne, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Bart M. Schwartz, Guidepost Solutions LLC and Charles A. Stillman, Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman LLP. Special guests at the event included NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton, District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., John B. Osborn, Jeff Tweedy, Thane Rosenbaum, and Stewart Rahr.
John B. Osborn, Robert J. McGuire, Benjamin Brafman, and Charles A. Stillman
For 35 years, Robert J. McGuire has been a driving force behind the Police Athletic League.  His vision, guidance and intelligence have channeled new directives and triumphs for PAL, impelled by his enduring commitment to New York City’s children.  Mr. McGuire was President of Kroll Associates, and has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinkertons, Inc.

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 100 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
Larry Byrne, Joan McGuire, Robert J. McGuire, and Gary P. Naftalis
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Margo Catsimatidis, William J. Bratton, Rikki Klieman, and John Catsimatidis
Bart M. Schwartz, Benjamin Brafman, and Robert J. McGuire
Benjamin Brafman, Lynda Brafman, Morty Lent, and Jenny Lent
Avi Lebor and Joanna Burton
Down Among the Sheltering Palms of Palm Beach ... The sun was shining, a crisp sea-breeze was in the air and spring flowers were sprouting on the tables at the recent Center for Creative Education 15th Annual Spring Luncheon. More than 200 supporters gathered at the lakefront home of Darlene and Jerry Jordan to learn more about the Center's new programming initiatives. The luncheon was chaired by Susan Miller and Maura Ziska Christu, with long-time supporters Kenn Karakul and Talbott Maxey as honorary chairs.

"It is a new day at CCE and the Center continues to expand its reach with new programs and initiatives," said Robert Hamon, CEO. This year we have done new work with children in Pre-K programs because we know that across our local communities many students are not kindergarten ready. Our concern is that if they start behind, they will stay behind. We are also working with students along the Autism Disorder Spectrum and the school is thrilled that we are making a meaningful impact with these students.
Robert Hamon and Darlene Jordan
Pamela Miller and Mary Gilbane
CCE supporters included: Ashton Battle, Veronica Bauer, Eileen Berman, Vanessa Beyer, Lore Moran Dodge, Susie Dwinell, Jack Elkins, Sarah Fabrizio, Frances Fisher, Vicki Halmos, Danielle Hickox, Darlene Jordan, Irene Karp, Darcie Kassewitz, Ellen Kaufman, Susan Keenan, Frannie Kettenbach, Jessica Koch, Helene Lorentzen, Rose McEwen, Erin McGould, Gail McMillan, Pamela Miller, Steve and JoAnna Myers, Mario Nievera, Pamela O'Connor, Kit Pannill, Dan Ponton, Marzia Precoda, Tommy Quick, Amanda Schumacher, Elizabeth Wetherell, Penny Williams.

Sponsors included: Susan and Lloyd Miller, Patricia Quick, Jack Elkins and Bunny Hiatt, Kochman and Ziska, Nievera Williams Design, Amanda and Charles Schumacher, Randall and Barbara Smith Foundation, Elizabeth and David Wetherell, Irene and Jim Karp, Gail and Steve McMillan, Smith and Moore Architects, Fidelity Investments, Weekes & Callaway, First Republic Bank, Thompson & Frank Galley, Loro Piana, M & V Magazine, HIVE Home, Gift & Garden, Sup ATX and Onli.
Frannie Kettenbach and Kenn Karakul
Susan Miller and Darcie Kassewitz
The Center for Creative Education's mission is to open a child's mind to art and learning through innovative programming – increasing their potential and overall academic performance. CCE's arts integrated classes encourage creative thinking, confidence building and problem solving throughout life. Last year, the Center worked with more than 12,500 children throughout Palm Beach County – teaching many kids considered at risk for academic failure and those in low socio-economic circumstances.

For more information about the Center for Creative Education and its upcoming events, visit or call (561) 805-9927.
Jack Elkins, Gail McMillan, and Loy Anderson
Maura Ziska Christu and Talbott Maxey
Rena Blades and Jerry Crank
Lore Moran Dodge and Kathy Weller
Cheryl Gowdy and Pamela O'Connor
Jessica Koch and JoAnna Myers
Felice Steinbeck, Afsy Pottach, and Helene Lorentzen
Grace Meigher and Barbara Crimi
Bunny Hiatt and Laura Young
Donna Long and Wendy Fritz
Jerry Crank and Vicki Halmos
Beth Pine, Amy Lagae, and Molly Greene
Margie Larkin
Francis Fisher and Jack Elkins
Kenn Karakul, Susan Miller, Maura Ziska Christu, and Talbott Maxey
Photographs by (Guggenheim); Getty Images (YANY); Gregory Partanio (Publicolor); Ben Asen Photography (PAL); Christopher Fay (CCE)