|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 www.palnyc.org.
| 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.
|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.
|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 www.cceflorida.org or call (561) 805-9927.
|Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (Guggenheim); Getty Images (YANY); Gregory Partanio (Publicolor); Ben Asen Photography (PAL); Christopher Fay (CCE)|