|The Frick Collection held its annual Autumn Dinner this past Monday night at the Frick mansion. It is the only dinner held in the museum’s elegant picture galleries among masterpieces dating from the Renaissance through the 19th century, and the photos of the interiors describe the atmosphere perfectly, besides the exquisite feeling of dining under these great works.
The guest of honor was Edmund de Waal, author of the brilliant and riveting “The Hare With Amber Eyes.” This black-tie evening, which is an annual fund-raiser, is always a sell-out. Mr. de Waal’s presence gave it an extra boost. His most recent book, “The White Road: Journey into an Obsession," was published last November.
|Besides his writing career, Mr. de Waal is an eminent potter in his field. His interest began in childhood. He is best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels which have been exhibited in museums around the world.
His fascination with porcelain (“white gold”) has led to encounters with people and places that have helped deepen his understanding of the nature of the material. Many of his recent projects explore ideas related to collecting and collections, and how objects are kept together, lost, stolen, and dispersed. His work creates a dialogue between minimalism, architecture, and sound is also informed by his passion for literature.
|On October 13th, The New York Women’s Foundation recently honored three of the city’s most socially conscious citizens at its 2016 Fall Gala at The Plaza. The honorees, Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation; and Laurie M. Tisch, the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, are extraordinary women who have dedicated their lives to empowering others.
Ms. Jayaraman was recognized for advocacy work at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization organizing on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers. Ted Bunch of A CALL TO MEN and 2014 Fall Gala award recipient presented her award and served as the Master of Ceremonies.
|Ms. Habib Powell was recognized for leadership in supporting female entrepreneurs at Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women, a global program offering business education and access to capital to women entrepreneurs. Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice presented the award to her, by video.
Ms. Tisch was recognized for her innovative philanthropy and dedication to public service through the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. United States Senator Cory Booker presented her award.
Approximately 300 guests attended the celebration, which raised nearly $600,000 to support The Foundation’s mission to achieve sustained economic security and justice for New York City’s undeserved women and girls. The Foundation is the largest women’s grant making fund in the nation.
|Among the evening’s highlights was a special performance by Molly Jobe from the Broadway show Waitress.
The event was co-chaired by Anne E. Delaney and Jean and Martin Shafiroff, with Grainne McNamara and Yvonne Quinn serving as vice-chairs. Cathy and Walter Isaacson, Senator Cory Booker, Tory Burch and Beth Finkel were among the notable guests.
|Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, Latham & Watkins LLP, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s were corporate sponsors of the event.
The New York Women’s Foundation is a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. For more information, visit www.nywf.org.
|Last Thursday evening at the Metropolitan Club the Olana Partnership held its 2016 Frederic Church Award Gala. This year is the 50th anniversary of the saving of America’s most intact and important artist’s home, studio and designed landscape. The Frederic Church Award, named after Olana’s creator and the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in American art, culture, and landscape design and environmental conservation.
More than 200 attended the annual black tie evening. More than $500,000 was raised. This year’s awards honored Washburn and Susan Oberwager, forward-thinking philanthropists within the world of American art; and recognized the cultural legacy of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, particularly for his crucial role in saving Olana.
|Barbara Haskell, curator at the Whitney presented the award to the Oberwagers. David Redden, Chairman of The Olana Partnership Board of Trustees, presented the honor for Governor Rockefeller to his grandsons: Joseph Pierson, Stuart Rockefeller and Steven Rockefeller, Jr.
The evening’s program included a videotaped message from Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, whose mother was instrumental in the campaign to save Olana in 1964-1966.
|Ambassador Kennedy said “On this 50th anniversary we honor the work and foresight of those who saved Olana for future generations. I’m proud to say that this effort included my mother Jacqueline Kennedy. She loved Olana and the Hudson River Valley, and advocated for the creation of Olana State Historic Site. The work of New York State Parks and The Olana Partnership allows us all to better appreciate a place where art and environmental awareness intersect.”|
|Storm King Art Center's Annual Gala and Live Auction took place this past Tuesday at the Rainbow Room.
Among the guests were a great group of high-profile artists—Alice Aycock, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Mark di Suvero, Sarah Sze—as well as art world luminaries, and collectors in attendance. David Redden, former Vice Chairman at Sotheby's, conducted a live auction during dinner which included works by George Rickey, Dennis Oppenheim, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra, Alice Aycock, and Zhang Huan.
|John Stern, President, Storm King Art Center, and David Collens, Director and Chief Curator of Storm King Art Center, hosted the evening. They honored artist Maya Lin, and Trustees Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Nicholas A. Polsky. The Storm King Award recognizes meaningful contributions in the fields of visual arts, landscape, and nature conservation.
James H. Ottaway, Jr was Gala Chair. Honorary Chairs were Agnes Gund and Louise and Leonard Riggio. Among the guests were Henry Arnhold, Herbert Wachtell, Andrew and Denise Saul, Lee Auchincloss, Russell and Judy Caerson, Robert and Trudy Gottesman, Archie and Helene van Beuren, Jonathan and Diana Rose, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Campbell, Richard and Ronay Menschel, Michael Brenson.