Friday, October 2, 2015

MAD about New York

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) honored cultural patron, collector, and journalist Barbara Tober for her 35 years of commitment to the Museum, and Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacturer, on Monday, September 28, 2015 at the LOOT 2015: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY gala benefit.  

The evening began with a preview of 50 emerging and acclaimed artists’ jewelry at LOOT, the annual one-of-a-kind jewelry exhibition and sale and a cocktail party.  Guests enjoyed four hours of shopping with the designers, along with gourmet sushi, a variety of Baked by Melissa Cupcakes, wine was provided by l’Escargot Sauvignon Blanc and Tre Vini. Dinner followed at the Robert Restaurant, upstairs at MAD, overlooking Columbus Circle.  Guests dined on, a Goat Cheese and Papaya Salad, a main course of Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre, and a Chocolate Cake for dessert.
MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director, Glenn Adamson, wore a black and white Cor Sine Labe Doli ceramic bow tie and welcomed shoppers to LOOT 2015.  Honoree, Barbara Tober wore a Sylvie & Christophe Tissot necklace that she purchased at the event. Michele Cohen, LOOT’s Chairman, wore an amazing felt necklace from designer Gori-Montanelli.  Bryna Pomp, LOOT’s Curator, wore a beautiful set from Finnish designer Chao-Hsien Kuo.

The Honorary Dinner Committee Chairs were Iris ApfelCorice Arman, Susan Gutfreund, Patricia Pastor, Deborah Roberts, Malini Shah, Liz Smith, and Isabel Toledo.
Faanya Rose, Marcia Levine, Barbara Tober, Mariel Lari, Cynthia Rose, and Randi Schatz
Guests that attended included: Susan Ach and Larry Ach and Sylvia Lavietes, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Edgar Batista, Thomas Bell, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Bonnie Comley, Joanne Brecker, Vincent Brun, Aileen Brunner, Marian and Rusty Burke, Giosetta Capriati, Michael Cestone, Michele and Marty Cohen, Michael and Nick Cohn, Talea de Freese, Barbara de Portago, Philippe Delouvrier, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Anita Durst, Michael Dweck, Patti Dweck, John Eason, Lisa Eatroff, Sarah L. Elson, Emily Cutler, Dorit Engel, Helen W. Drutt English, Susan Falk, Elizabeth Falk, Patricia Falkenberg, Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Patricia and John Forelle. Michelle Gerber Klein, Karyn Gershon, Amy Gold, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Boo Grace, Maria Eugenia Maury Haseltine, Lillian Heidenberg, Jana Jaffe, Howard and Judy Karasik, Karen Klopp, Stewart Lane, Marcia Levine, Nancy Jane Lowey, Betsy McCaughey, Gillian Miniter, Sadie Mitnick, Marsy Mittlemann, Satoru and Hiroko Murase, Maureen M. Nash, Pamela J. Newman, Nicole Dicocco, Allison Niles. Nana Onishi, Rafael Ortiz, Bryna and Martin Pomp, Judy and Peter Price, Deborah Roberts, Bette Saltzman, Edwina Sandys, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Randi Schatz, Jean Shaffiroff, Dorothy Sprague, Valerie Steele, Clarice Oliveira Tavares, Pat K. Tigrett, Barbara and Donald Tober, Kay UngerAdrienne Vittadini and Gianluigi Vittadini, and  Alessandra Zorgniotti.
Vincent Brun, Michele Cohen, and Bryna Pomp
Michele Cohen, Barbara Tober, and Bryna Pomp
LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is the Museum of Arts and Design's annual six-day exhibition and sale featuring designs from emerging and acclaimed jewelry artists. Championing the vision and craftsmanship of international studio and art jewelers—many of whom have never before shown work in the US—LOOT often serves as a launch pad for the next generation of designers. Since its launch, LOOT has become a premier pop-up shop for contemporary art jewelry, offering the public a rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces directly from some of the most skilled creators in the field. With over 50 designers on-site throughout the exhibition and sale, LOOT offers one of New York's most unique shopping experiences. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Museum's exhibition and education programs. LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is a striking example of the enduring vitality and evolving possibilities of jewelry as an art form.
Marsy Mittlemann and Sara von Moos
Chao-Hsien Kuo
Maris Aunins
Mette Laier
Mary Samoli
Gustav Reyes
Hitomi Jacobs
Lauren Klassen
Chiara Scarpitti
Giulia Paoletti and Eva Franceschini
Olivia Monti Arduini
Jin Ah Jo
Angela Fung
Elisa Bongfeldt
Michele Cohen and Maureen Nash
Beth De Woody and Glenn Adamson
Barbara Tober, Barbara Regna, Peter Regna, and Jen Bawden
Nicole DiCocco
Michele Cohen, Giorgio Vigna, and Nancy Olnick
Dr. Susan Krysiewicz and Michele Cohen
Donald Tober and Barbara Tober
Gillian Miniter, Adrienne Vittadini, Gianluigi Vittadini, and Fe Fendi
Gianluigi Vittadini, Barbara Tober, and Adrienne Vittadini
Karen Baldwin, Jean Shafiroff, and Jill Fairchild
Linda Plattus and Barbara Shuster
Muna Rihani Al-Nasser and Jana Jaffe
Jill Spalding
Paula Caravelli, Bryna Pomp, and Pat Langer
Luisa LaViola and Michele Cohen
Maria Eugenia Maury, Glenn Adamson, and Clarice Tavares
Marcia Levine, Fe Fendi, and Karen Klopp
Helen Drutt English and Barbara Tober
Boo Grace
Pat K. Tigrett, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Giosetta Capriati
Jacqueline Weld Drake, Edgar Batista, and Shannon Stratton
This past Monday night in New York at the Bowery Hotel, they held the 3rd annual Turtle Ball. The evening was hosted by the Turtle Conservancy, which was founded by Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, Susan Rockefeller, Rick Ridgeway and Eric Goode. They honored Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and raised more than $800,000.
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines
Ted Danson
Graydon Carter and Griffin Dunne
Eric Good and Julian Sands
Susan Rockefeller and Anna Scott
Naomi Watts, Fisher Stevens, Dr. Andrew Feldman, and Griffini Dunne
Robert Kennedy Jr and David Rockefeller
Gina Gershon and Cheryl Hines
Aby Rosen
Lynn Goldsmith and Patti Smith
Rajan Namtani and Ross Bleckner
Eric Good and Julianne Nicholson
Philippe Petit
Bruce Weber and Nan Bush
Naomi Watts, Gina Gershon, and Alexis Bloom
Helena Christensen
Helen Shifter
Kim Taipale and Nicole MIller
Andy Savin and Kathy Quin
Marilyn Good, Eric Good, and Jennifer Good
Sir Richard Branson
Nanette Lapore and Bob Savage
Cornelia Guest and Scarlette Magda
Shauna Robertson and Edward Norton
Charles Gardner and Janice Gardner
Arden Wohl and Jonah Friedman
On Saturday, September 26, LongHouse Reserve—the not-for-profit art museum, sculpture garden and art education organization founded by Jack Lenor Larsen—honored the artful craft of two prominent horticultural leaders at its Landscape Awards Ceremony. The event was a hub of early-fall horticultural delight as the leadership of horticulture in the Northeast flocked to the reserve’s luscious 16-acre East End property to celebrate the diligence, accomplishment and generosity of gardening experts Dan Hinkley and Elizabeth Scholtz.
Presented at a special afternoon luncheon on the vast grounds, Jamaica Kincaid—novelist, essayist, gardener and gardening writer—presented the LongHouse Reserve Landscape Award to Dan Hinkley. New President and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Scot Medbury presented the LongHouse Garden Leadership Award to Elizabeth Scholtz. The unique sculpture awards were designed by artist Marc Leuthold.

The luncheon was preceded by a morning talk at the elegant Hoie Hall at St. Luke's Church. The lecture, titled “In Search of Good Plants,” was given by America’s famous plant collector, Dan Hinkley, who was introduced by the queen of landscape Martha Stewart.
Guests who enjoyed the afternoon luncheon included LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne Benson, and Executive Director Matko Tomicic, Garden Conservancy President Jenny du Pont, Battery Conservancy President Warrie Price, Longwood Garden Executive Director Paul Redman, Foundation for Landscape Studies President Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, and Chanticleer Executive Director R. William Thomas.

Other guests who enjoyed the beautiful afternoon included LongHouse Reserve Garden Committee Chair Elizabeth Lear, Co-Chair Dennis Schrader, and Horticulture Director Ray Smith, Horticulturist Alex Feleppa, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom and Madoo Conservancy Director Alejandro Saralegui, and artist Yoan Capote.
Scot Medbury
Jonathan Paetzel and Jonathan Wright
Jack Lenor Larsen, Martha Stewart, and Dan Hinkley
Matko Tomicic and Jenny duPont
Dianne Benson and Dennis Schrader
Kendell Cronstrom, Elizabeth Lear, and Alejandro Saralegui
Olivia Motch and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Selena Rothwell and Jamaica Kincaid
Anna DeMauro, Emilia DeMauro, and Isabelle Mahoney
Jon Tomlinson and Stacy Paetzel
Warrie Price and Peter Olsen
John Gwynne, Mikel Folcarelli, and Dean Berlon
More Catching up. Two weeks ago, 200 women gathered at a private club where supermodel, author, mother, marathon runner, health advocate and humanitarian Christy Turlington Burns was honored as a “Champion for Change 2015” by Women's Voices for Change (WVFC) for her work as Founder of Every Mother Counts.  

After being introduced by one of WVFC founders, Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen, Ms. Turlington Burns and Sharmila Makhija, MD, FACOG, MBA, Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Albert Einstein/Montefiore had a lively and informative conversation focusing on global maternal mortality.  
Amongst the spirited and engrossed audience were: Gayfryd Steinberg; Anne Goulandris; Patricia Herrera Lansing; jewelry designer Kara Ross; Barbara Tober; stylist Leslie Fremar; Cathy Graham; Mickey Ateyah; newly appointed EVP Global Communications at Universal Filmed Entertainment Teri Everett; Verdura’s Ward Landrigan, Nico Landrigan; Lisa McCarthy; literary agent Faith Childs; Bettina Zilkha; Marcia Mishaan; Caryn Zucker; Nan and Robin Swid and Calvin Klein’s Melisa Goldie.  Women’s Voices for Change celebrates the power and wisdom of women in the second half of life.

To learn more about Women’s Voices For Change, visit their site:
Cathy Graham, Gayfryd Steinberg, and Dr. Patricia Allen
Sharmila Makhija, Christy Turlington, and Dr. Patricia Allen
Junia Doan, Halle Frerman, Paulette Douglas, Eva Halpern, and Jaclyn Helpern
Shawanda Vickers and Melisa Goldie
Alexis Eggleton, Sharmila Makhija, and Daniel Ginn
Grace Haggerty, Cindy Habberstad, and Marilyn Rose
Susanne Russel, Kim Akhtar, Faith Childs, Alice Odorico, and Elizabeth Wentworth
Fern Wachter and Kelly Pasciucco
Terri Everett, Dr. Pat Allen, and Margarat A.
Eva Halpern, Lynne Halliday, and Jaclyn Halpern
Shawanda Vickers and Hilda Hutcherson
Leslie Fremar and Nicole Snoup
Maura Lynch, Simone Bolotin, and Erin F.
Anna Vorrias and Le Berrigaud
Vanessa Varboni and Deborah Robinson
Elizabeth Wentworth, Rashmini Yogaratnam, Sherry Donovan, and Suzanne Russell
Hannah Orowitz, Jessica Mcintosh, Sarah Anstey, Adrian Dale Burns, Eileen Allen, Lauren Driscoll, Mellisa Kwan, Kate Karrigan, and Caroline Dimitri
On Monday, September 28, Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) celebrated the organization's 10th anniversary during its annual Fall Fête benefit.

The evening included a performance by Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes in the Jerome Robbins Theater followed by dinner and an art auction, hosted by Paddle8, in the Howard Gilman Performance Space, at 450 West 37th Street.

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Carolyn Murphy
The festive, intimate evening raised funds for BAC to support its artist-centered programs and help maintain affordable ticket prices for the general public year-round.

At the dinner, Barry L. Weinstein, Chairman of the Board of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, announced a $3 million gift to BAC from the Foundation, to create the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment and to name one of BAC's studios the Rudolf Nureyev Studio.

BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov who sought to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world.

BAC’s activities encompass a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices. For more information, visit
Anna Deavere Smith, Todd Bishop and Sarah Arison
Diana DiMenna
Jeremy Smith and Carmen de Lavallade
Frank Cordasco, Bill Evans, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Sandra Foschi
Lisa Rinehart and Hal Willner
John Heginbotham and Mark Morris
Trevor Carlson and Juliette Binoche
Rob Besserer and Lucinda Childs
Sheila Rogers and Aidan Quinn
Photographs by (Turtle Ball); Adriel Reboh/ (Longhouse)