Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Arts and Education

Last Thursday, the Brooklyn Museum held its “Trailblazers: Women in the Arts” luncheon.

“Equal Pay, equal wallspace!” – such was the rallying cry from Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler that launched the Brooklyn Museum’s annual luncheon honoring women who make significant impact on the arts landscape. 

The “Trailblazers: Women in the Arts” event celebrated Janet Mock, Sarah Arison, Ellen Gallagher, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Miyoung Lee— five highly accomplished women who, according to Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum Anne Pasternak, “use their power for good” and “represent the best of the arts ecosystem.” The women received handmade one-of-a-kind necklaces designed by artist Kiki Smith as part of the awards.
Trailblazer Honorees Janet Mock, Miyoung Lee, Lowery Stokes Sims, Ellen Gallagher, and Sarah Arison
This year’s event was the most successful Women in the Arts to date, drawing an incredible 150-person crowd including MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach, Artist Zoe Buckman, Art Production Fund’s Yvonne Force Villereal, Pulse Art Fair’s Helen Toomer, Choreographer Bill T. Jones, Artist Lorna Simpson, and more. Funds raised benefit public programs in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and educational programs offered at the Brooklyn Museum. Most notably, these festivities mark an auspicious beginning for the Museum’s “Year of Yes” – celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which will center around 10 exhibitions over the course of 12 months.
Trailblazers Katie Hollander, Margaret Wang, Young Jean Lee, and Elizabeth Jaeger
Stephanie Unwin and Leslie Puth
Pasternak acted as emcee for the presentation, inviting each honoree to the stage one-by-one to participate in lightning round Q&A sessions about their lives, passions, work, and collections.

First up: Sarah Arison with Bill T. Jones focusing on the need for collaboration between arts organizations and more support for upcoming artists. Brooklyn Museum’s Chief Curator Nancy Spector then took to the stage with the venerable Lowery Stokes Sims to chat about favorite projects and what Sims called, “strategic misbehavior.” Next, Miyoung Lee sat with Pasternak to ruminate on collecting and having “an epiphany around a piece by Ghada Amer” while visiting the Museum in 2012. Artist Ellen Gallagher, joined by the Sackler Family Curator Catherine Morris, did a deep dive into several pieces of her work and talked about how we tend to “arrange things that are scary in literary form” to make it more palatable. Capping off the program: Powerhouse and transgender icon Janet Mock spoke with writer/poet Tom Healy about her memoir, the power of storytelling as a whole and how she learned to write herself into history.
Zikia Lord and Heddy Kleinman
Vida Samuel and Sharon Hardy
Women in the Arts was established in 2002 to recognize the outstanding contributions made by women in the field of visual arts. Previous Women in the Arts honorees include Marina Abramović, Mera and Jennifer Rubell, Laurie Simmons and Lena Dunham, Yoko Ono, Shirin Neshat, Kara Walker, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman, Guerrilla Girls, Annie Leibovitz, Maya Lin, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, and Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler.
Nancy Spector and Barry Rosen
Carla Shen and Ellen Hamilton
Petah Coyne, Stephanie Ingrassia, and Kelly Willians
Noreen Ahmad, Klaus Biesenbach, and Sarah Arison
Tom Healy and Lorna Simpson
Yvonne Force Villareal, Anne Pasternak, and Barbara Vogelstein
Barbara Schuster and Pauline Willis
Tiana Webb Evans and Lauren Kelly
Charles Simmons, Elizabeth Sackler, and Adeija Kahn
Cecily Brown, Nancy Lorenz, Miyoung Lee, and Carrie Bingham
Patricia Lanza, Ruth Almabejo, and Gail Buckland
Doreen Chambers and Joy Walker
The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education's “Fiesta 2016” presented their Gold Medal of Honor to Marcelo Claure (President and CEO of Sprint Corporation), Joanna Fisher (noted arts philanthropist), and Hutton Wilkinson (interior designer) on Tuesday, October 18 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. As is Fiesta’s tradition the gala co-chairs were Jacqueline Weld Drake and H. R. H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. Cocktails began at 7:30PM followed by dinner and dancing with music by the Bob Hardwick Sound.
Jacqueline Weld Drake
Josh Rahmani and Luis D. Ortiz
The Fiesta Honorary Chairs were Violaine & John Bernbach, Annabelle & Alberto Marica, and Lisa & Julian Niccolini.  Guests included: Peter Bacanovic, Tony Bechara, Cynthia Boardman, Martha Bograd, Mercedes Bograd Levin,  Hamish Bowles, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Brodsky, Amy Fine Collins, Suzi Cordish, Alvaro &  Rene Domingo, Brian Fisher, Ian Fisher, Phoebe Fisher, Nicole Fisher, Courtney Fisher, Michèle Gerber Klein, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Valesca Hermes-Guerrand, William Ivey Long, Elizabeth Jacoby, Charles Jacoby, Christopher Mason, Mary McFadden, Haydee Morales, Sergio & Malu Millerman, Pilar & Juan Pablo Molyneux, Ann Nitze, Michele Oka Doner. Luis D. Ortiz, Dr. Luiza Petre, Ann Rapp, Hunt Slonem, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Cole Rumbaugh, Sana Sabbagh, Martin & Jean Shafiroff, Hunt Slonem, Barbara & Donald Tober, and Kristi Witker Coons. 
Rima Sacre, Anne McPherson, and Mary Cunney
One guest missing from the festivities was Sprint’s new commercial star Paul Marcarelli, who is a good friend of Marcelo Claure. Paul sent a lovely message about his friend in lieu of his attendance “I was raised by two devoted teachers, and so I have always viewed the pursuit of a career in education as a calling. That's why I am especially sorry I am unable attend this very special night for The Casita Maria Center for Arts Education as it honors my friend, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. You only have to talk with Marcelo for a few minutes to realize you are in the company of a passionate human being committed to using his voice to effect real change in the lives of his employees, his customers and people around the world…” Marcelo was honored by Casita Maria for his work to bridge the "homework gap" that 5 million families in the U.S. with school-age kids experience because of lack of connectivity.  Sprint will be connecting up to 1 million high school students with a new laptop through his new initiative.
Phoebe Fisher, Ian Fisher, Samantha Bolton, Marcelo Gregorio, and Amanda Taselaar
Past honorees have included Santiago Calatrava, Roberto Cavalli, Patricia Cisneros, John Demsey, France Desmarais, Marta and Placido Domingo, Emilia and J. Pepe Fanjul, Carlos Fuentes, Audrey Gruss, Agnes Gund, Audrey Hepburn, Carolina Herrera, Julio Iglesias, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Eddie Palmieri, Rodman C. Rockefeller, Daisy Soros, and Lynn Wyatt.

The menu included an appetizer, of Fresh Smoked Salmon Tartar; an entrée, of Grilled Filet Mignon; and a delicious dessert, of Blackout Cake Redux- Chocolate Cremeux and Dulee de Leche Molten Cheesecake. 
Alvaro and Rene Domingo
Tina Beriro, Barbara Tober, and Jeanne Lawrence

Ann Nitze
Lady Liliana Cavendish and Hunt Slonem
Hutton Wilkinson
Liz and Jeff Peek
Sabrina Worth and Charles Jacoby
Dan and Esty Brodsky
Ann Hunter van Kirk and Anne Moody
Dr. Luiza Petre
Clodagh Aubry, Daniel Aubry, and Darius Fisher
Marcelo Claure and family
William Ivey Long, Amy Fine Collins, and Hamish Bowles
Brian Fisher, Lisa Niccolini, Joanna Fisher, and Juilian Niccolini
Geoffrey Bradfield, Anna Gary, Hutton Wilkinson, and Dr. Luiza Petre
Dr. William Haseltine and Maria Eugenia Maury
Peter Bacanovic and Mai Hallingby Harrison
Kamie Lightburn, Christopher Mason, Mary McFadden, and Michele Gerber Klein

Jill Blanchard, Michael Steinberg, Mercedes Bograd Levin, and Michael Donell
Liz Peek, Dan Brodsky, and Helena Martinez
Tony Bechara and Estrelita Brodsky
Donald and Barbara Tober
Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, was honored at the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard & Airmen's Club Military Ball with the Distinguished Military Leadership Award.

The Annual event, on October 14th, was held at the Hotel Pierre in Manhattan. Every year SSMAC honors a branch of the United States Military and this year, the United States Coast Guard was saluted with patriotic fanfare and festivities.

Honorees include Captain Florent A. Groberg, USA (Ret.) Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and Mr. Michael T. Strianese, Chairman and CEO, L-3. To commemorate the evening the honorees received crystal eagles.
Marvin Scott, Capt. Florent Groberg, and Ivan Obolensky
Marvin Scott, Michael T. Strianese, and Ivan Obolensky
Marvin Scott, Admiral Paul Zukunft, and Ivan Obolensky
Among those attending, included: SSMAC Chairman Ivan Obolensky, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Countess Nicholas Bobrinskoy and Mrs. Ryland E. D. Chase.

Music was provided by Alex Donner and his orchestra.

Proceeds from the evening went to benefit SSMAC, www.ssmaclub.org, a non-profit organization that, since 1919, has provided warm, friendly and safe accommodations for more than five million men and women of the armed forces, as well as those of our allies.
Color Guard
Joyce McShane and Bill Metrane
McGlauglin Family
Shelby Willcox and Cathy Trenholm
USCG Enson Victoria Gurtler, Michelle Gurtler, and Paul Gurtler
Gloria Castellano, Chuck Scarborough, and leader of the NYPD Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society
Military guests
Alexander Obelensky, Margaret Ann Harley
Major General Michael Boyd, Margaret Hedberg, Dr. Gregory Hedberg
Guest, Countess Tatiana Bobrinsloy, Dorothy Newma
Catsimatidis Table
Phoebe Smith, Chief Jarvis Smith
Christine Loomis and Dr. Wellington S. Tichenor
Hazel Cathers with the USO Show Troupe
Susan Fredrick, Alison Chase, and Eileen Mosolino
Cathers Family
Junior Committee
On October 19th, over seventy guests attended a lecture and reception hosted by the Interiors Committee of The Mount, the National Historic Landmark home in Lenox, MA, designed by American author Edith Wharton. The event was held at the Headquarters House of The National Society of the Colonial Dames in New York City.

Susan Wissler and Michael Simon
Michael Simon, a Mount trustee who heads Michael Simon Interiors, Inc., was the evening's featured speaker. Using musical excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" and slides of several of his design projects, Simon, who was a young protégé of Stephen Sondheim, demonstrated how his early training as a composer influenced his work as a designer. Many of the guests had strong backgrounds in either musical theory, interior design or both.

Guests included Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount; Members of The Mount's Interiors Committee and Board of Trustees: Pauline C. Metcalf, Michael Simon, Kate Wharton, and Gigi Wilmers; Members of The Decorators Club: Diane De Angelis, Janice Langrall, Pauline C. Metcalf, and Carolyn Sollis; Canterbury Choral Society Artistic Director & Conductor, Jonathan De Vries, and a number of Canterbury singers; architectural historian Kathleen Bennett; Dennis Kahn, an avid collector of Edith Wharton first editions, and his wife, Andrea; Liz O'Brien, owner of a well-known antiques shop on the Upper East Side of New York; and friends.

Attendance at The Mount continues to grow, thanks to an expanded and increasingly diverse array of cultural programming. In 2015, The Mount raised nearly $4 million to retire all of its outstanding debt. It is currently undertaking the restoration of its historic Stable, towards which over $750,000 has already been secured. This event establishes an ongoing fund to aid the re-creation of the original style and ambiance of The Mount's interiors.
Vanya Desai, Sara Hunter Hudson, and Kay Desai
James Hammond, Alice Kandell, Gigi Wilmers, and Edith Van Slyck
Gigi Wilmers, Kate Wharton, Michael Simon, and Pauline Metcalf
Liz O'Brien, Sunny Hayward, and Carolyn Sollis
Anne Seeler, Jonathan De Vries, and Deborah Donovan
Susan Wissler, Susan Ross, Denise Kahn, and Andrea Kahn
Janice Langrall, Diane De Angelis, Pauline Metcalf, and Carolyn Sollis
Coco Neel, Richard Neel, and Diana Rowan
Photographs by Annie Watt (Casita Maria, SSMAC, & The Mount)