|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.